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What is Natural Mowing?
In days gone by, flocks of sheep would move gracefully around land, cutting the grass and fertilizing as they grazed. It was a beneficial relationship for everyone. The lawn was cut, the sheep ate, and the soil was fertilized without any chemicals or effort.
We are bringing this option back for homeowners are mindful of their health, soil, and want to bring a piece of the country to the city, if even only for a day.
We have Shetland and Shetland cross sheep. These sheep are smaller than most so they are perfect for all kinds of properties. Once a year they are shorn and we use the wool to make various products such as hats, scarves, purses, and sculptures.
How does it work?
It is not that different to conventional mowing, but instead of a motor we bring in sheep. Our sheep have been socialized and are comfortable with people and new situations. They were born on our farm and been handled since they were lambs.
Shepherdess Jennifer will arrive to your property with the sheep, a portable electric fence and solar fencer. This fence set-up is known to keep out bears and is used extensively in livestock farming.
The first time Jennifer will stay with the sheep as they graze, ensuring that no poisonous or valuable plants are eaten and that they are comfortable and settled in. We don’t want to stress our sheep.
Sheep manure is a sought after additive for gardens. It may sound unpleasant to have sheep poop on your lawn, but it is not nearly as bad as your think. Sheep poop is nature’s fertilizer pellet. Unlike cows, sheep poop is small, dry, compact, and acts like a slow release fertilizer. It can also be swept up easily and added to your compost pile. When stepped on (it does happen) it feels like stepping on bumpy soil, no squish, no mess.
Benefits of sheep
Having sheep do your mowing have many benefits on both sides. Sheep are quieter than a mower, provide relaxation, there is nothing as relaxing as watching sheep, and provides a connection tho nature. It is always a talking point.
Our sheep are small and friendly so they are a great way to introduce all ages to livestock. Their poop provides micro-organisms to create healthy soil and of course the sheep get to eat. Being moved around helps keep the sheep healthy, and yes, even entertained.
Not just grass
In natural eco-systems grass was eaten by animals. On the great plains of North America the animals that ate the grasses were large herds of buffalo. Buffalo, like sheep, are ruminants. The prairie is known for its fertile soil. This believed to be due to the presence of buffalo and their poop. To have lush green grass, large English estates used sheep to mow the lawns and fertilize the soil.
But grass isn’t the only thing our sheep eat. Shetland sheep are great browsers too. This means that they will eat woody material such as unwanted shrubs, and bushes. They are great for clearing areas of scrub land or invasive weeds and they are more environmentally friendly than a bush hog.
For more information please contact Jennfier at jjo [at] allsortsacre.ca