Goat Weeders

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The garden at Bear Creek Regional Park in El Paso County will be using a different kind of weed control this spring: goats.

Organic gardeners have landed a ten-thousand dollar grant from Colorado Garden Show Inc. to have goats munch weeds on 18 acres around the park's chemical-free garden.

Char Nymann of the Bear Creek Garden Association says the grant will allow the group to rent about 500 goats to graze for seven to ten days in the spring and for a similar period in the fall.

Goats grazed the park from 1999 to 2003, but El Paso County stopped using them after some county officials thought herbicides were more effective.

But the garden association handles weed control around the garden.

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