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Gardener Uses Bowling Balls Against Children Trampling Flowers

They're not just for sporting anymore.

Gardener Uses Bowling Balls Against Children Trampling Flowers

You've probably seen it any time you're walking near or —a house on 43rd Street whose colorful front yard is filled with peculiar lines and shapes drawn out in large balls cylinders.

Believe it or not, these lines of bowling balls and pins represented a practical solution to a vexing problem for one Kingfield gardener.

Several years ago, this garden's owner told Patch, many children and dogs would come over to her house to play in her yard. The only problem was, of course, the yard—small children and pets often care more about fun than the well-being of the daffodils. Looking for a fun-looking way to keep children from stepping on the flowers and to make the dogs jump over the beds, she hit upon bowling balls. 

Asking around, she found several local bowling alleys willing to let her have their old balls and pins. While her garden looks pretty complete, she still gets balls sent to her regularly, which she uses to replace any cracked or sun-damaged ones.

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