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  •  Don't know about sheep/methane, but I tend to (1+ / 0-)
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    doubt it's a problem.  Sheep leave pellets rather than cow 'piles' and they keep the grass 'mowed' evenly.  Goats, btw, eat any and everything & aren't the most trustworthy yard guys.

    A lot of interesting uses for sheep wool, too.

    "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

    by 417els on Tue Apr 22, 2008 at 10:21:22 PM PDT

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    •  methane check (0+ / 0-)

      sheep and cows transform roughly 5% of the dry mass they consume into methane (actually, bacteria in their gut).

      Kangaroos are paragons of methane virtue among herbivores.  So we should have a bunch of kangaroos eating our grass.  But kangaroos are not tame and they can be dangerous -- they kick.  And they could eat more than just grass -- deer made short work of our lilies, for example.

      About watering, central PA is blessed with sufficient rainfall.  If there is no rain, we do not mow, grass slowly gets yellow and dormant, but it does not die.  Here lies insanity of fertilizing -- with some fertilizer and rain, the amount of grass clippings is enormous, something like cubic yard per quarter acre per week.  But without fertilizer, the grass does not look good.  But something is wrong in this picture.  

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