- Why use prescribed grazing?
Prescribed grazing is an eco-friendly way to reclaim land that has been overrun by invasive plants including English ivy, kudzu, and Chinese privet without the use of herbicides and heavy equipment. Prescribed grazing can improve your landscape, reduce fire fuel and habitat for mosquitos, rodents, and snakes.
- Where should prescribed grazing be used?
Prescribed grazing is perfect for property overgrown due to neglect or that is too steep for humans or equipment or where there may be unseen hazards. However, prescribed grazing is probably not the best choice for lawns that can be mowed or areas less that a quarter of an acre. Property with lots of toxic rhododendron, azalea, vinca, or wisteria, is probably not suitable for sheep, although they will eat around small amounts of toxic plants and usually do a good job removing ivy from under and around azaleas. Woody, mature or lignified weeds (gone to seed) are not palatable to sheep and will not be consumed. Although you may be surprised at where we can go with our fence, thick vegetation on the fence line will need to have a path cleared.
- How does it work?
Contact by email preferred. Include information on the size, location, what plants you want to remove and fence line condition (if we need to provide our fence) such as clear and flat or steep and overgrown. If we are in your area, we will stop by for a visit and give you an estimate. If needed, we can set up a temporary electric net fence with charger. We provide a water trough we would like you to refill as needed and also provide corn to throw out for fun and a daily head count.
- Does it grow back?
Yes! The rate at which vegetation grows back depends on what it is, the amount of sunlight, the age and vigor of the vegetation, and the weather. The sheep should be returned to the treated area again when the plants have had a chance to put out many new leaves but not had much time to replenish reserves. Each properly timed treatment is considerably quicker and in most situations, after the second or third treatment the English ivy is under fair to good control. Kudzu will grow back much faster and will need at least 4 passes over two years to deplete the root reserves. Shrubs such as Chinese privet can be easily cut following and even during grazing.
- How much does it cost?
For the Atlanta area, there is a $700 minimum which would cover a small, mostly fenced yard. Larger areas can run from $1400 to $2000 an acre. The price depends on travel distance, fencing, the number of sheep, and the number of days that the sheep are actively working. A great way to reduce the cost is to go in with your neighbors to clear large parts of the community. The minimum and mileage can be shared for multiple neighbors being treated as one job which reduces cost considerably.
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