Since moving into our house seven years ago, we've watched the ivy well up from the ravine, start to creep across the lawn, climb up the house and even penetrate into our closet.
Not to be outdone, the blackberry has woven into a solid canopy, 20 feet high in some places with stalks as thick as a small child's arm. In the summer, nightshade and morning glory vines tie it all together into an impenetrable mass.
Our paltry attempts to keep it all in check have failed (even with the great help of some very hard working teenagers), and we'd really like to do more than just keep it in check. We want our daughters to be able to play in the back woods without being afraid of being swallowed whole by the weeds.
We've been talking about enlisting the help of some goats to do the heavy lifting for us for a few years, but for one reason or another, haven't managed to get it together.
Enter, the Goat Lady (www.thegoatlady.org), offering reasonably-priced, tether-trained rental goats to people like us! She'll be bringing eight goats here this evening for about two weeks.