“If we were to pay a company to do this, it would take forever — they’d have to hand-pull the honeysuckle or they’d use an herbicide, which isn’t so good for the environment,” said Josh Meyer, director of buildings, gardens and grounds for the historic home. “Goatscaping is more sustainable and less expensive.”
The Georgetown mansion’s lawn was home to all sorts of farm animals in the early 19th century, when Martha Washington’s granddaughter lived there. In modern-day D.C., grazing goats requires a permit from the city and an electric fence to protect the animals from predators, Meyer said.
“Renting goats is a little harder than renting a leaf blower, but I’m happy to walk anyone through the process if they’re interested in trying it,” Meyer said.