We will bring in sheep to clear your overgrown property. English ivy, steep slopes and overgrown woodlands are our specialty. Save the trees and regain access and use of your land. Sheep are quiet, enjoyable and take about a week to 10 days to defoliate an area infested with English ivy, poison ivy, kudzu, privet, honeysuckle, and other invasive plants without harming trees, soil or the use of chemicals. We can put up temporary electric net fencing in most areas if needed. 6 yrs experience; our work includes sites on UGA campus, GA Tech campus, C Shepherd Nature Preserve, Briarlake Forest Park and residences in Buckhead, Stone Mountain, Decatur, Roswell, Gainesville, Athens, and more within a 100 mi radius of Athens. For warm and fuzzy and green weed control please email. More info and photos available at http://www.sheepswork.com .
How much does it cost?
There is a $600 minimum total job cost which is determined by adding transportation costs, fencing if needed, and sheep (as described below). Half the estimated job cost is due at delivery and the remainder at pick up or every two weeks on larger projects.
The transportation cost is $2 per loaded mile (example: 80 mi distance cost $320 round trip). Neighborhood discounts are sometimes possible.
The sheep cost is $5 per sheep, per day if you check the sheep daily and fill the water trough (provided) as needed. If we need to monitor the sheep, an additional fee based on travel distance will be required.
There is no charge if you have a secure fence. If not, we can install temporary electric net fence on a cleared fence line in most situations. Our net fencing can also be used in a fenced backyard to keep the sheep away from the house or other area. Fencing cost is $60 per 164 ft roll of fence which includes fence charger, installation, use and removal.
How long does it take?
As a rough rule of thumb, defoliation requires 150-300 sheep days* per acre, depending on what is there. A stocking rate to produce the desired results within 3 to 10 days is optimal. Sheep can be moved from one area to another on larger projects. *(15 sheep for 10 days equals 150 sheep days.)
What you can expect:
The sheep will eat everything green (with only a few exceptions including vinca, azalea, Virginia creeper, wisteria, and sometimes a few of the English ivy leaves on the ground). Vines on the trees will need to be cut but this is quick and easy once the sheep have removed the leaves up to 5 feet (ask if you want us to do this for you). English ivy will require at least one repeat grazing pass or other treatment to be killed but it is very much slowed down following one defoliation. Kudzu will require several precisely timed passes to kill the taproot. The amount of sunlight and other factors will determine how fast the vegetation grows back.
Why sheep instead of goats?
Sheep are much more manageable to load, contain, control with a stock dog, and they do not need a shelter. Sheep will eat all the plants goats eat (and some they do not) to only a slightly lower browse height.
What will the sheep eat?
English ivy, poison ivy, kudzu, privet, honey suckle, blackberry (older, woody canes excluded), wisteria leaves and fine stems, and assorted overgrown woodland have all been defoliated by our sheep. Best results are obtained on foliage that is in a succulent, green stage. Mature, steamy or dead grass and brambles will not be consumed. Azaleas are usually avoided. Desirable plants can usually be protected with ‘cages’ (provided at additional cost).
Is it legal to have the sheep on my property?
Athens-Clarke County recently approved the use of prescribed grazing by sheep in all zones of the county (with a permit). Check your local ordinances to be sure, but we have worked in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Walton, Clarke, Stone Mountain, Gainesville, and others with no permit or problem. It is a good idea to advise neighbors that the sheep will be there temporarily to do a job and (where appropriate) to please be sure their dogs do not harass them. Most clients thoroughly enjoy having sheep and often receive much attention from curious friends and neighbors.
What about coyotes?
We have not had a problem with coyotes which are reluctant to attack much larger animals. Off leash dogs are our biggest concern.
Thanks for your interest in using sheep to clear your overgrown property!
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