How Many Goats Does It Take to Mow a Lawn?

Spring is here as will soon be the need to mow your lawn. Big Box hardware and outdoor supply stores are boasting sales on noisy, gas-guzzling grass chopping behemoths. Have you ever considered a more natural alternative to a hearing-hampering, ozone-depleting mower?

I’ve wanted to get goats for years. Raising them for milk and meat has always appealed to me. The fact that our yard seems to only be green because of all the weeds that grow in it using goats as natural yard growth trimmers feels only natural. Plus, they leave behind naturally fermented fertilizer! But how many do I need?


The following calculator is more of a humorous exercise for me because I don’t need them to clip my whole yard in a day – plus I don’t think I’ll be renting a herd of guinea pigs any time soon. I may bequeath a small tract of land to a flock of hens, but not a thousand of them. My husband would freak out at the mere suggestion – he’s not keen on even 12!

So, if you are interested in a holistic approach to land clearing and would like to rent a herd of animals to do this job for you use this calculator by real estate group Movoto to see how many goats, sheep, cows, chickens or even guinea pigs you’d need to clear your land in one day.

2 comments for “How Many Goats Does It Take to Mow a Lawn?

  1. September 28, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Lucero,

    I must say I am enchanted with your idea of using goats as an avenue to maintain your lawn.

    My concern lies with having to maintain the goat themselves while they look after your lawn.

    There are goat sheds to clean, maintain, and repair. There are goat pests and diseases to protect against every day throughout the year.

    Lawn mowers, on the other hand, require occasional repairs and maintenance, and putting up with their noise for a few hours per month.

    I would love to view your opinion on such a comparison as I am sure your readers would too.


  2. December 5, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Fertilizing in the winter is key to having a good looking yard when the spring rolls around. Thanks for more info and the advice!

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