When park planners sleep, they dream of grazing sheep
From new-fashioned eco-technologies to old-fashioned ones: Bayer Healthcare recently brought 1,450 sheep to its Richmond, California campus to graze on 17 acres of grass. The sheep, managed by Living Systems Land Management, will live on site for two weeks and will eat close to 115,000 pounds of overgrown grass and weeds, including invasive species. They’ll encourage native plant growth, reduce fire hazards and reduce the need for gas-powered landscaping tools, pesticides and herbicides.
Many sections of the Freshkills Park site are overgrown with grasses and invasives. In our more romantic moments, we imagine flocks of sheep serving as our natural lawnmowers, though our solution is more likely to be some combination of maintenance strategies.
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