Read as much as you want on BostonGlobe.com, anywhere and anytime, for just 99¢.

Why goats for landscaping?

On average, four to five adult goats can clear about an acre in a week.

Goats can eat practically any vegetation, including poison ivy, poison sumac, blackberries, briars, and other invasive and thorny weeds and brush.

They do not eat nightshade, rhododendron, pachysandra, and some other ornamental plants.

Continue reading below

Delicate eaters with extremely mobile lips, goats move from the outside of a plant toward the center; they can snag a tiny bud off a branch but also can eat whole twigs.

SOURCES: Oklahoma State University; An Peischel at University of Tennessee; the Goatscaping Co.; GoatWeb

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week