Agoura Horse Property - Custom & Equestrian Real Estate by Nona Green

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Need brush clearance? Who ya gonna call? GOAT busters.....
Goats make better weed whackers, and they're cuter. They are also quieter and omit less carbon.

Jan Gerstel, President of the Morrison Ranch Estates explains,
"The HOA commissioned the goats to do our weed abatement of over 28 acres. This will take approximately 30 days. The goats are contained within a electrified (just a shock, not dangerous to people) and moved as they eat all the weeds in the area. Each goat eats about 8 pounds of weeds a day and we have over 300 goats.

This is an eco-friendly alternative to having men on the hills with weed whackers making loud noises and posing a danger of a spark lighting a fire on the hillsides. As a matter of fact, the goats are less expensive than the weed whackers."

Goat pictures submitted by, June 19, 2014

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Friday, June 13, 2014
Hidden Hills residents Stine and Alex Van Halen will host a Ride-on Demonstration and Fundraiser this weekend!
The non-profit Ride-On has helped hundreds of children and adults with various neurologic disorders. Practicing Hippotherapy, Ride-On has made a difference for many families for whom other types of therapy has not been met with success.
Derived from the Greek hippos (horse), "hippotherapy" literally refers to treatment or therapy aided by a horse. The theories of physiotherapy practice are applied; the physiotherapist gave directives to the horse handler as to the gait, tempo, cadence, and direction for the horse to perform. The movement of the horse is carefully modulated to influence neuromuscular changes in the patient.
Ride-on is located in Newbury Park and in Chatsworth. As a non-profit that give scholarships to people who can't afford this therapy and whose insurance won't cover it.
Caution: This video may cause you to shed a tear:
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
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Lawns are fading in popularity - they are water hogs, and homebuyers more and more are scrutinizing the water bill when they buy a home. An assortment of raised bed gardens can be a beautiful and edible alternative. encourages the use of these attractive and practical landscape features, as this home for sale in Old Agoura depicts.

The Las Virgines Municiple Water District will credit customers up to $2500 to remove a lawn. With the savings, it is relatively easy to contstruct an attractive arrangement of raised bed gardens.

Raised beds create an environment for plants that is controled as to soil amendment and water conditions, drainage, and weed abatement, so everyone can have a green thumb. Untreated lumber that is naturally rot/termite resistant (think cedar or redwood) is a better material than creosote soaked railroad ties or any other treated material that may be toxic.

Rural and horse zoned neighborhoods will naturally embrace the trend. In tract neighborhoods, there are still Rules and Regulations on the books that insist lawns be maintained. These restrictions will not be enforceable for much longer as politics trends in favor of the environment and water conservation. features a home for sale in Old Agoura with an assortment of colorful flowers and edibles in raised beds - lovely rock walkways with sitting areas winding through the garden made it an even nicer place to commune with plants. From Agoura Hills June 3, 2014

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