Happy and Hungry Goats at the Houston Arboretum
This week, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center has welcomed more than 100 goats. Yes, that’s right – goats! While they pasture on the North and South Woodway ponds, they have one very important and specific task - to mow the lawn.
The goats will assist in mowing the slopes that are overgrown with vegetation by grazing on the land. Goats can easily scramble over rocky terrain and into nooks and crannies, unlike commercial lawn mowers. Goats are a more “eco-friendly solution” because they don’t spew pollution or guzzle gas, and they even leave fertilizer in their wake. The goats will nibble on grass, weeds and bramble for a week and leave with a full tummy. Hiring goats to mow the lawn may be a longer process but it’s definitely a whole lot cuter to watch!
The goats will be at the Arboretum through Oct. 10 and the public is welcome to stop by and say hello (from behind a gate) during daily hours. Even though the goats are adorable, do not try to pet them - they have a job to do and tend to get ornery when distracted from their duty.
Daily hours at the Houston Arboretum (4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024) are from 7 a.m. to dusk. Admission to the Nature Center, trails and Woodway ponds is free. Parking is available at both the 610 Entrance and the Woodway Entrance. Find more information about visiting the Arboretum here.
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