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Goats give Towson University a lesson in weed control
Goats give Towson University a lesson in weed control

Towson University has recruited a herd of new groundskeepers to put the bite on a pesky weed problem on the suburban campus. Hauled in from a Harford County farm, 18 goats began munching away Sunday on a patch of English ivy covering the forest floor in the school's Glen Arboretum. They didn't stop there, though, grazing on almost everything in reach, including fallen leaves, dead vines and even tree bark. "It's environmentally safe, and it's effective — I hope," said James Hull, a plant ecologist and emeritus biology professor who is overseeing the ivy removal project. People have been using goats for years to get rid of weeds. It's a first for...

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