(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (WCCO) — A Twin Cities company is using an unorthodox way to help deal with a thorny landscaping issue.

About 120 goats are grazing the grounds surrounding the Flint Hills Refinery in Rosemount. The goats will graze and munch on buck thorn, then trample native grass seed to restore the land to its natural habitat.

Wiley Buck, of Great River Greening, says the goats are more than happy to help.

“This was an idea that Great River Greening and Friends of the Mississippi River came up with and proposed to Flint Hills as a way to address this particularly bad spot of buck thorn,” Buck said.

The goats knew just what to do. Eating comes naturally to them.

It should take about two weeks for them to eat the buck thorn. Then they will throw native grass seed down, and the goats will stomp that into the ground.

According to Buck, goat grazing is becoming more popular among landscapers.

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