Schenectady’s Vale Cemetery Has WHAT as a Lawn Mower?

11/13/2021

Schenectady’s Vale Cemetery Has WHAT as a Lawn Mower?

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Usually, I don’t interest myself in how many businesses or local places mow their lawn but when I saw The Daily Gazette post this one. I had to share it!

No matter a cemetery or your backyard, with the rain we get here, you need a lawn mower. I’m sure you have a lawn mower with blades, probably needs gas, but Vale Cemetery has decided to go a more natural route. Instead of blades, they have teeth, and instead of gas to power it, the grass will do just fine.

The Department of Livestock at SUNY Cobleskill has partnered another year with Vale Cemetery to lend them 33 sheep to graze on one of Vale Cemetery’s green burial plots.

The Historic Vale Cemetery in Schenectady opened 164 years ago and has decided to grow with the changing opinions on burials by offering a natural burial section. To continue to keep the area as green as possible, they look to the sheep to help maintain the grass to make it more “ecologically sound.”

Not only do they keep the level of grass down, but they are also an integral part in eating any invasive plant species for the 169 natural burial plots. Not only to they get an Earth-friendly mower but natural fertilizer too!

For more information on natural burials, visit https://valecemetery.org/green-burial

Photographer: Erica Miller; Credit: The Daily Gazette

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