EDITORS’ PICK—Best Way To Clear Your Brush

Goat Central
(530) 621-2920; goatcentral.com

Ditch those gasoline-powered lawn mowers now. El Dorado-based Goat Central rents out goats to happily chomp away weeds and unwanted vegetation on your property. The number of goats depends upon the project (the goats are suitable for properties 1 acre or larger), but it can range from 20 to 200, says Julie Austin, who co-owns the biz with husband Roy. You may have seen the hungry critters this past summer munching in the Empire Ranch subdivision in Folsom or the Lake Forest subdivision in El Dorado Hills.