'Buddies' speak language of lawn

In Brief

July 26, 1996|By Knight-Ridder Tribune

Quiet spreads softly across the shiny green lawn as you move up the bricked walk, toward the front door of the house on a Kodachrome day. Suddenly, over by the impatiens, the earth shivers.

A flowerpot rises and a small animal comes up out of the ground, wearing the pot like a hat. It might be a rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, skunk, chipmunk or gopher. It's talking, telling you the resident is out back or that packages should be delivered next door. Maybe it invites you to leave a message.

This is Lawn Buddy: America's first animated lawn ornament, and the promoters are already lining up, ready to make this the next gotta-have-it for homeowners.

"Used to be, people had little gnomes in the garden. Now, they'll have Lawn Buddies," said Bob Killian of Philadelphia, whose son invented the thing, which is "very realistic" plastic, 4 1/2 inches wide and 5 inches tall.

They are working out a contract with a manufacturer, and expect to have the product on the shelves by next spring. Right now, they figure it'll go for $29.95.

Pub Date: 7/26/96

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