Skip the lawnmower, rent a goat instead
Interesting how Silicon Valley companies looking for eco-friendly innovations came up with a totally non-tech method, but they picked a perfect one. Rent-A-Goat is a great way to clear weeds, grass and brush, especially in the fire-prone West, and fertilize at the same time. Goat-mowing is also chemical-free and less labor-intensive, so Billy can help tired-out lawn-maintenance workers with acres to tend (my friend tells me Reno hires goats to mow the infield grass in its new baseball park).
Even if you have a far smaller yard, it's getting easier to rent just one goat, as more farms, like Hidden Springs Farms in Springfield, Tennessee, offer rental programs. GoatFinder.com has a Goat Rental directory for 13 states, but it's as easy as finding a farm in your area and asking them whether they have goats to rent or know ones that do. And it's not expensive. As Google's Hoffman blogged, "It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers."