Goats used to combat invasive plants at Cincinnati arboretum


CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati cemetery and arboretum is using goats as part of an effort to combat invasive plants.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1RTmizu ) the seven goats are part of a test at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum to see how well grazing animals can control invasive plants.

David Gressley, director of horticulture for the cemetery, says the goats will remain there until they consume an acre of vegetation from the Woodland Preserve. The 10-acre preserve doesn’t contain any graves.

The test will determine whether goats can eradicate Winter Creeper, English Ivy and other invasive plant species. If it’s successful, the grazing could be implemented in other areas of the cemetery.

The practice of using goats has been gaining popularity as an alternative to chemical herbicides.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com