Decatur Cemetery outsourcing cleanup duties to sheep

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 9, 2016
Photo provided by the city of Decatur

Photo provided by the city of Decatur

A crew of sheep will be at the Decatur Cemetery on Saturday, June 18, helping to control vegetation.

The city of Decatur says, “Trees Atlanta plans to return on June 18 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.”

Trees Atlanta also is responsible for restoring the woodlands 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 city says. “The work is expected to take seven to 10 days at the Cemetery.”

Sheep have been used all over the Atlanta area, tackling invasive plants along the BeltLine,  Chastain Park, Kirkwood Forest, Morningside Nature Preserve, Candler Park and more.

“The sheep are provided by Ewe-niversally Green, a local firm that specializes in environmentally sound conservation techniques,” the city says.

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