With Irrigating Means Patents (Class 47/21.1)
  • Patent number: 9003699
    Abstract: A cover for a plant-growing medium comprises a main cover portion, a peripheral base spaced from the main cover portion and defining an outer perimeter of the cover, and a peripheral wall extending from a first side of the main cover portion between the main cover portion and the peripheral base. One or more plant growth channels are defined by one or more tubes extending from the first side of the main cover portion. Each tube has a proximal end adjacent the main cover portion and a distal end relative to the proximal end, with a first aperture defined in the main cover portion at the proximal end of the tube and a second aperture defined at the distal end of the tube. The first aperture and the second aperture communicate through the tube to define each plant growth channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Enviro-Tex Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James Barrie Ogilvie
  • Publication number: 20150082693
    Abstract: A multi-faceted multi-task system for horticultural adaptations including water dispersion and irrigation, animal and plant/crop protection, and plant shading, which includes a multipurpose head that allows a user to operate an irrigation system or a radial misting apparatus while using a tarp for shade and construct a fence using the fence hooks to create an animal control zone. The present device features a telescoping main pole that can be adjusted to different heights to fit any situation. A PVC extension device is also included which allows the different system heads to be hoisted to additional heights not achievable by the stand alone. The device is highly portable as it can be folded up onto itself and carried to a destination by hand and provides water dispersion for irrigation and temperature control, while offering users the opportunity to construct a shade and/or animal control zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: John Patrick Griffin
  • Publication number: 20150059239
    Abstract: The invention refers to a greenhouse screen comprising strips of film material that are interconnected by a yarn framework of transverse threads and longitudinal threads to form a continuous product, wherein the yarn framework is thermally bonded to at least one side of the strips of film material, wherein also those parts of the yarn framework that is thermally bonded to the strips have liquid-transporting capacity by capillary action. The amount of yarn in the yarn framework interconnecting and holding the strips can herewith be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Hans Andersson, Per Holgerson
  • Publication number: 20140373439
    Abstract: An agricultural system includes an irrigation system, a mulch system including mulch material, and indicia disposed on the mulch material for indicating locations on the mulch material. The indicia include burial indicia, conduit warning indicia and plant spacing indicia. The planting spacing indicia are disposed in a triangular grid on the mulch system. The mulch material includes a hole for planting, a hole for a stake to pass there through, and a hole for a row cover support to pass there through. The irrigation system includes a drip irrigation conduit and a further conduit for transporting water to a further irrigation system. The irrigation system includes a fitting and a manifold for transporting water to the further conduit. At least a portion of the irrigation system is bonded to the mulch system, and at least a portion is enclosed and maintained in the vicinity of the mulch system by a sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Samuel Warner Finney, Keith Symmers Williamson
  • Publication number: 20130305602
    Abstract: Provided is a raised-bed gardening container, including a base, a feeding tube, and a cover frame. The base may include a bottom edge; a top rim at least 36 inches above the bottom edge; an exterior sidewall extending between the bottom edge and the top rim; an interior sidewall extending from the top rim to a bottom interior, the interior sidewall and bottom interior defining an interior volume for containing a gardening media, the interior volume having a diameter of greater than approximately four feet; a feeding tube support generally centrally disposed in the base; and a gardener passage extending to the feeding tube support and having a width configured to allow a gardener to walk through the gardener passage to the feeding tube support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Rick E. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8533992
    Abstract: A system and method of aeroponic farming includes depositing seeds in a flat containing micro-fleece cloth and placing the flat within a growth chamber. The upper side of the flat is subjected to light of the proper frequencies to promote growth in plants. A nutrient solution is sprayed onto the micro-fleece cloth and the developing root mass of the plants, while controlling temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide within the growth chamber. The plants are harvested resulting from the seeds at a desired stage of growth. The growth chambers can be stacked on each other and/or located side by side to save space within a facility, and to permit sharing the subsystems which control the nutrient solution, temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide for the growth chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Edward D. Harwood
  • Patent number: 8448678
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for passively collecting water in an environment where dew forms are disclosed. The apparatus has a radial body which includes a hydrophobic surface that is supported at a slope of about 10 to 80 degrees from the direction of gravity. The apparatus may also include ridges which increase the surface area of the body thus increasing dew collection and provide shade which reduces the temperature increase of the body when the apparatus is exposed to sunlight. The method includes supporting a hydrophobic radial surface at a slope of about 10 to 80 degrees from the direction of gravity and waiting for dew or condensation to form on the hydrophobic surface and run down the hydrophobic surface to either a reservoir or a beneficiary of the passively collected water, such as the roots of a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Kenneth Edwin Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20130074400
    Abstract: A subsurface irrigation mat includes at least one perforated tube, a web made of a first capillary textile, and a casing made of a second capillary textile. The casing surrounds substantially an entire circumference of the perforated tube along at least a portion of a length of the tube. At least one attachment secures the casing to the web so that the casing extends across the web. Water leaving through the holes in the perforated tube can saturate the casing, seep into the web from the casing, and then be carried across the web by capillary action. The result is a substantially uniform discharge of water from the web into a root zone of plants growing in a layer of a growing medium located above the web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Roess, Todd D. Polderman, La Monte D. Porter
  • Publication number: 20130036663
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for passively collecting water in an environment where dew forms are disclosed. The apparatus has a radial body which includes a hydrophobic surface that is supported at a slope of about 10 to 80 degrees from the direction of gravity. The apparatus may also include ridges which increase the surface area of the body thus increasing dew collection and provide shade which reduces the temperature increase of the body when the apparatus is exposed to sunlight. The method includes supporting a hydrophobic radial surface at a slope of about 10 to 80 degrees from the direction of gravity and waiting for dew or condensation to form on the hydrophobic surface and run down the hydrophobic surface to either a reservoir or a beneficiary of the passively collected water, such as the roots of a plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Kenneth Edwin Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8365465
    Abstract: A cover for a plant-growing medium comprises a main cover portion, a peripheral base spaced from the main cover portion and defining an outer perimeter of the cover, and a peripheral wall extending from a first side of the main cover portion between the main cover portion and the peripheral base. One or more plant growth channels are defined by one or more tubes extending from the first side of the main cover portion. Each tube has a proximal end adjacent the main cover portion and a distal end relative to the proximal end, with a first aperture defined in the main cover portion at the proximal end of the tube and a second aperture defined at the distal end of the tube. The first aperture and the second aperture communicate through the tube to define each plant growth channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Enviro-Tex Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James Barrie Ogilvie
  • Patent number: 8296995
    Abstract: A water-saving device includes a frusto-conical housing having a wide lower end that overlies a ground surface. A lip is integrally formed at the upper end, extending radially inwardly. A vertical cut is formed in the housing with a flange adjoining each edge of the cut. The flanges are spaced apart to admit a tree trunk into the hollow interior of the housing and are attachable to one another to enclose a tree trunk. A first pair of apertures is formed in the lip. A conduit has a first end in fluid communication with a row hose and extends upwardly from the row hose, through a first aperture, and downwardly through the second aperture. A water emitter is in fluid communication with a second end of the conduit and is positioned within the hollow interior of the housing below the lip and above the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: John G. Georges
  • Publication number: 20120266533
    Abstract: The invention relates to a removable plant protection system, comprising a wall module including an upwardly extending wall segment that is arranged for throwing a shadow on a soil area near the wall module when the sun reaches its highest orbit point and for allowing a sun beam on the soil area at a time period on the day when the elevation of the sun is relatively low.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: HOLDING P.M.M. HOFF B.V.
    Inventor: Petrus Mattheus Maria Hoff
  • Publication number: 20120204485
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plant aid for surrounding a young plant. The plant aid comprises a tube at least partly sideways surrounding a young plant placeable in the plant aid. The plant aid further comprises a water collection sheet for collecting moisture present in the atmosphere. The water collection sheet comprises a water collection surface comprising a receiving surface, which receiving surface operatively makes a first angle with respect to the orientation of gravity. The water collection sheet further comprises a collecting surface adjoining a lower edge of the receiving surface, which collecting surface operatively makes a second angle with respect to the orientation of gravity. The first angle is smaller than the second angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: P.M.M. HOFF HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Petrus Mattheus Maria Hoff
  • Publication number: 20120159843
    Abstract: A water retention device is used in conjunction with a plant container. The water retention device comprises a resilient plate structure forming a central cover, a sidewall extending from a perimeter of the central cover, and a slot extending through the sidewall and a portion of the central cover. The sidewall engages an inner surface of the plant container and supports the central cover at a spaced distance above a growth medium. The resilient plate structure is manually configurable to open the slot for receiving a plant stem so that the plant stem extends through the central cover. Water may be supplied to the plant container using either a spray stake disposed under the central cover or using a trough formed in the central cover. Where a spray stake is used, the inner surfaces of the sidewall and central cover may include ribs that deflect water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: LACEBARK, INC.
    Inventor: Carl E. Whitcomb
  • Patent number: 8132358
    Abstract: A mulch mat kit designed to retain mulch and to prevent grass around a plant while directly watering the plant root system, the kit including a water permeable base, a wall member attached in an upright position around the base, at least one optional tube removably insertable into the base, and an optional bracket to secure the wall member in an upright position. An aperture centered in the base removably receives a plant stalk therethrough and a slit in the base from the outer perimeter surface to the aperture allows the base to be slipped into place around the plant. The mulch mat kit may be utilized in combination with a sprinkler system in which each tube receives a sprinkler head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Terry L. Wells
  • Publication number: 20120005952
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a plant-protecting device which is commonly known as a protective cold frame. While this description seems to indicate a frame-like device, the described device is intended to refer not only to the frame but also to a wind and thermal protective covering generally configured to hold heat therein to protect a plant therein from cold, wind, and the combination. In general, the disclosed device comprises a plurality of rod members that may be bendable, which are inserted into a coupler at the apex of the dome-shaped frame to provide a support structure for a cylindrical covering to be placed thereupon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: James R. Lohse, Zackary Marr
  • Patent number: 8001721
    Abstract: To provide a system for producing safe and high nutrition vegetables at low cost. A plant cultivation system for cultivating a plant on a nonporous hydrophilic film, which comprises a nonporous hydrophilic film and a feeding means for supplying water or a nutrient fluid to the lower surface of the film in the absence of a hydroponic tank for accommodating water or a nutrient fluid and cultivating a plant therein. As the feeding means, use is made of a water absorbing material which is in contact with the film and which is disposed between the film and a water impermeable material. A system for producing safe and high nutrition vegetables at low cost can be obtained by disposing the water impermeable material directly on ground soil, whereupon the water absorbing material and an irrigation tube are disposed, followed by disposing the film thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Mebiol Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiro Okamoto, Manabu Fujii, Hiroshi Yoshioka, Yuichi Mori
  • Patent number: 7905051
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for promoting the growth of plants under less than optimal climatic and lighting conditions, the system comprising a device which contributes to the formation of an enclosed space over the plants, and at least one source of light. A special characteristic of the invention is that the device which contributes to the formation of an enclosed space over the plants consists of a flexible tarp (1) which comprises integrated lighting sources (6), the flexible tarp (1) being kept up at an optional height over the plants by means of excess pressure built up under the tarp (1) by means of an excess pressure system (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Intravision AS
    Inventor: Per Age Lysa
  • Patent number: 7809475
    Abstract: A system and a method of computer controlled irrigation and fertigation composed of one or more sensors positioned in order to quantify the amount of water and/or nutrients that a plant is consuming. By controlling the fertigation, the plant or a part thereof, has improved yield and quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: FW Enviro, LLC
    Inventor: Craig L. Kaprielian
  • Publication number: 20100212222
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for covering a plant growing medium. The device includes a sheet and an aperture defined by the sheet. A first portion of the sheet surrounds the aperture. A second portion of the sheet has at least one ledge for engaging a top surface of the plant growing medium. The second portion of the sheet is integrated with the first portion of the sheet such that the at least one ledge is situated at a height below the height of the first portion of the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Steven William GALLO
  • Patent number: 7647726
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for covering a plant growing medium. The device includes a sheet that defines an aperture. One or more protrusions extends from the sheet to engage a top surface of the plant growing medium. A wall is integrally attached to each edge of the sheet. Each wall has a series of ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Steven William Gallo
  • Publication number: 20090277081
    Abstract: An apparatus and method cultivate trees by preventing freezing and frost damage and inhibiting root stalk sprouts. The apparatus is a frustoconical cover that rests on the ground to cover the root ball of the tree. The stalk and leaves are extended from a hole in the frustum. Water such as mist is injectable within the cover to prevent cold and frost damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: John G. Georges
  • Publication number: 20090145025
    Abstract: A material for maintaining hydration in plants, whether potted or in natural soils may include a substrate treated with a binder, securing a layer of hydrating particles thereto. Typical binders may include lignicite, or other naturally occurring materials such as sugars, molasses, corn syrup, gelatin, or the like. A byproduct of wood, lignicite has been found to be very effective. Various materials can serve as a hydrating, particulate coating. Polyacrylamide has been found to serve well and provide relief from the stress of dehydration that normally occurs in plants between waterings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Tommy K. Thrash
  • Publication number: 20090119982
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for covering a plant growing medium. The device includes a sheet and an aperture defined by the sheet. A first portion of the sheet surrounds the aperture. A second portion of the sheet has at least one ledge for engaging a top surface of the plant growing medium. The second portion of the sheet is integrated with the first portion of the sheet such that the at least one ledge is situated at a height below the height of the first portion of the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Steven William GALLO, Amanda Besharah
  • Publication number: 20080190017
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plant aid for surrounding a young plant. The plant aid comprises a tube at least partly sideways surrounding a young plant placeable in the plant aid. The plant aid further comprises a water collection sheet for collecting moisture present in the atmosphere. The water collection sheet comprises a water collection surface comprising a receiving surface, which receiving surface operatively makes a first angle with respect to the orientation of gravity. The water collection sheet further comprises a collecting surface adjoining a lower edge of the receiving surface, which collecting surface operatively makes a second angle with respect to the orientation of gravity. The first angle is smaller than the second angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: P.M.M. HOFF HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Petrus Mattheus Maria Hoff
  • Patent number: 7392614
    Abstract: A reinforced unitized mat to facilitate growing plants includes at least two material layers defining fluid-conveying passageways forming distribution headers and a flow restrictor, an inlet for delivery of a fluid into the distribution headers, and an outlet for dispensing fluid into a root zone area covered by at least one layer of the material layers. The material layers are sized and shaped to cover an area immediately around at least one plant. The flow restrictor, for metering the fluid, is in fluid connection with the distribution header and extend outwardly to a multi-dimensional array of outlets. There may also be an additional reinforcing layer attached to the material layers. The reinforcing layer for the unitized mat can be a polymeric material layer, a fibrous material layer, a foam layer, a metal layer, or a composite layer. The fibrous layer, foam layer, metal layer, or composite layer may also form a portion of, or replace, one or more of the material layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas R. Kruer, Hugh A. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20080072480
    Abstract: A sheet mulch assembly includes a sheet mulch; an irrigation conduit attached to and carried by the sheet mulch; and at least one carrier substrate coupled with the conduit. Each carrier substrate carries at least one seed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Michael John McGrady, William Adak Ratzburg
  • Patent number: 7322154
    Abstract: A shade assembly including reflective shade panels suspended above a roof or along an exterior wall of a building. The assembly also includes a shade box, such as one including an assembly of upright support posts and attached cables to which dark or reflective water-absorbent shade panels are attached. The shade box covers a rooftop fixture. The shade box can also include a water distribution system which dispenses water substantially onto the dark shade panels when they are included in the shade box. The shade assembly may also be used in a method for cooling the exterior surface of a building. The shade assembly may be used in a method of obtaining government economic incentives for energy efficiency such as emission reduction credits. A shade assembly including reflective shade panels suspended above a structure on or near the ground, such as a parking lot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventors: Jack R. Forbis, Sr., Ann R. Forbis
  • Patent number: 7082713
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rollable artificial mulch carpet that includes a permeable base upon which simulated wood chips have been adhered. In one embodiment, the rollable mulch carpet is manufactured on rolls of varying lengths that are placed onto the soil surfaces of gardening areas to provide a mulch-like surface that allows penetration of moisture and atmosphere to the plants in the garden and a mulch-like appearance that resists deterioration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventor: Gary Buhrman
  • Patent number: 7017299
    Abstract: A gardening cage having self-irrigating and self-fertilizing devices. In a typical embodiment, the cage includes panels having a frame that includes a plurality of horizontal and vertical rungs. The panels are connected so that rungs of respective panels cascade with respect to rungs of the adjacent panel. In a typical embodiment, the bottom rungs of each panel include irrigating holes so that water injected into the rungs can be dispensed around the periphery of the vines. The water is typically suppled to the cage by a hose that connects to a water inlet that feeds the holes. Several cages can be placed side by side and can be fitted with “T” fittings that branch off the supply hose and feed the individual cages via the water inlet fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventors: Janet R. Speed, Stacey E. Talbot
  • Patent number: 6996932
    Abstract: A unitized mat to facilitate growing plants includes at least two polymeric material layers defining fluid-conveying passageways forming distribution headers and a flow restrictor, an inlet for delivery of a fluid into the distribution headers, and an outlet for dispensing fluid into a root zone area covered by at least one layer of the polymeric material layers. The polymeric layers are sized and shaped to cover an area immediately around at least one plant. The flow restrictor, for metering the fluid, is in fluid connection with the distribution header and a multi-dimensional array of outlets. The present invention combines a fluid distribution device and artificial mulching. The method of manufacturing and using the unitized mat to enhance the growth of plants is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas R. Kruer, Hugh A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6997402
    Abstract: A unitized mat to facilitate growing woody plants includes at least two polymeric material layers, an inlet for delivery of fluid, and at least one outlet for dispensing fluid into an area covered by at least one layer. There is an opening in the layers through which the plant extends along with an installation seam with overlapping ends. The mat includes perforations, aligned or off-set, for fluid outlets and may be used in a container, such that a polymeric material layer covers the surface thereof. Flexible extension flaps adjust for container size and shape. The mat is removably affixed to a container and/or can be fed by a water-filled container with a polymeric material layer integral with the container. The mat may be used for woody plants in a row, such as orchard applications. Extension flaps provide continuous cover around and between plants, and perforations provide anchors for fixable positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas R. Kruer, Hugh A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6754989
    Abstract: A shielding apparatus secured to landscaping material is disclosed for shielding a plant from weed growth. The apparatus includes an elongate plate having a first and a second edge, the plate defining an opening which is disposed between the edges of the plate for the growth therethrough of the plant. A first rail removably cooperates with the first edge of the plate such that the landscaping material is locked between the first rail and the first edge of the plate. Also, a second rail removably cooperates with the second edge of the plate such that the landscaping material is locked between the second rail and the second edge of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Inventor: Todd Eicher
  • Publication number: 20030000133
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for growing plants is disclosed. The system includes a first thermal panel with multiple flow channels, the thermal panel being located between a growing space and a light source. A cooling fluid is circulated in a countercurrent flow pattern (i.e. in at least two different directions). The channels may be connected to one or more headers, which serve as a fluid manifold to deliver fluid and collect fluid from the flow channels. Growing closely spaced plants from seed or cuttings to transplants for the field or a greenhouse is one application of this system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventors: Robert Pollock, Jeffrey W. Adelberg, Charles Fox, Gianpaolo Bonaca