- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Salt Lake City elementary school is trying out a new landscaping technique: Weed-eating goats.

Officials say the goats will arrive Friday to clear the hillside behind Washington Elementary School, which is a tricky area to maintain because it’s too steep for turf grass.

The 100 animals will stay through the weekend and eat nearly all the vegetation from the weed-choked hillside so grounds crews can replant the area with native plants.

School officials say that without the goats, the district would have to send nearly all its grounds staff to the area for a week to manually trim the undergrowth.

Authorities also looked into other options, but settled on the goats because they won’t require the use of any chemicals, and the $2,000 price is tag is a bargain.

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