Over the last week one of the world's biggest high tech companies used some very low tech weed control methods.
A herd of 200 goats were let loose in a field near the Googleplex to munch on some weeds that were originally so high the goats were lost in them, said Google spokesperson Niki Fenwick. By Sunday, the hungry goats had left behind an all but barren field.
"It was kind of amazing to watch -- the grass was really tall," Fenwick said. "It was really cute."
The "self propelled weed eaters" came from grazing company California Grazing, which used a border collie and an electric fence to keep the goats contained during their stay.
Fenwick said the goats were an effective "low carbon" alternative to gas powered lawn mowing. It cost about the same, too, and fertilized the ground at the same time.
The weed abatement occurred on the open field at Garcia Avenue and Amphitheatre Parkway, just north of the former Alza buildings that are now part of the Googleplex. The goats will return once a year, Fenwick said.