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Trees Atlanta will return this week with its herd of sheep to help control Japanese hops, kudzu and other invasive plants on the steep slope between Section 14 and the creek at the Decatur Cemetery.

“Sheep offer a low-impact solution for controlling invasive plants on hard to maintain sites,” said Trees Atlanta Forest Restoration Coordinator  Brian Williams.  “As long as the sites do not contain sensitive or endangered plants that we want to keep safe, sheep can graze and help us eliminate invasive plants until they are gone,” he continued. Trees Atlanta led the recent woodland restoration effort in the stream corridor on the east side of the Cemetery.

The sheep in this program are protected by a human shepherd and livestock guardian dogs, and the sites are surrounded by solar powered, low-voltage electrified fencing to keep the sheep safe and on-task while they are working. The work is expected to take 7 to 10 days at the Cemetery.

Trees Atlanta has used sheep to help eradicate invasive plants at Decatur Cemetery, the Atlanta Beltline, Chastain Park, Kirkwood Forest, Morningside Nature Preserve, Candler Park, Herbert Green Nature Preserve, Perkerson Park and other green spaces in metro Atlanta. The sheep are provided by Ewe-niversally Green, a local firm that specializes in environmentally sound conservation techniques.

For more information about Trees Atlanta and Ewe-niversally Green, see www.treesatlanta.org and www.eweniversallygreen.com.

Sheep leap 9.24.2013


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A partial list of upcoming classes for adults at the Wylde Center is below.  For more information, and to register for classes, visit www.wyldecenter.org and click on “Education”.

Saturday, Sept. 20, Chickens are Easy! Intro to Keeping Chickens

10 a.m. – noon at the OakhurstGarden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, Ga.30030

$20 for WyldeCenter members and $30 for non-members

Join The Celtic Gardener, Anne-Marie Anderson, for the WyldeCenter’s popular chicken “crash course”.  This class will cover the basics of coop design, relevant community ordinances, breed selection, care and feeding and outside resources.  Anne-Marie is a local keeper of an urban flock, and past chair of the WyldeCenter’s annual Urban Coop Tour.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, Edible Gardening

6:30 – 8 p.m. at the OakhurstGarden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, Ga.30030

$5  for WyldeCenter members, and $15 for non-members

Join Wylde Cemter Gardener JC Hines for a behind-the-scenes tour of the WyldeCenter’s urban mini-farm at the OakhurstGarden.  Topics will include preparing a vegetable bed for late summer and fall crops, cover crops, installing transplants, harvesting, pest control and watering techniques.  Attendees are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen and gloves.

Saturday, Sept. 27, Send in the Sheep: Prescribed Grazing for Vegetation Management – FREE program for families!

10 a.m. -noon. at Hawk Hollow, 2304 First Ave., Atlanta, Ga.30317

Come to Hawk Hollow and meet Jennif Chandler of Shady Brook Farm and her sheep.  Families will see for themselves how sheep act as nature’s mowers, as the Shady Brooks Farm flock removes unwanted vegetation from Hawk Hollow.  Prescriptive grazing can be used to control invasive plant populations and enhance desirable plant life in yards of almost any size, and Jennif has assisted property owners with prescriptive grazing for the past five years.

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Sheep leap 9.24.2013

Missed the sheep when they feasted at Decatur Cemetery in September? You’ve got a second chance to meet them, this time in the Oakhurst Greenspace just south of Agnes Scott College.

“Meet the Sheep” is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The sheep should be around for four or five days, depending on how quickly they eat invasive species like kudzu and Chinese privet.

More info can be found on the Trees Atlanta website.

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In case you missed it, Fox 5 Atlanta aired a story Friday morning about the sheep eating Japanese hops & kudzu in Decatur Cemetery. Check it out: City calls in sheep for clean up at Decatur Cemetery


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For those of you wondering when the sheep in Decatur Cemetery will arrive, good news: the sheep are here! They should be at the cemetery for the next 7 – 10 days, depending on how quickly they eat. (The rule of thumb is 100 sheep can clear one acre in one week.) The community is welcome to come see the sheep and their guardian dogs anytime the Cemetery is open.

Sheep leap 9.24.2013

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Additional information about using sheep to control invasive plant species can be found at the Trees Atlanta and Ewe-niversally Green websites.

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