Netting, Open Weave, Mesh, Or Foraminous Type Patents (Class 47/31)
  • Patent number: 9249989
    Abstract: A solar radiator is a structure producing two cross shades in corridors, it dissipates solar energy for protecting corridors from excess of solar energy, the average temperature on the soil in the corridors slows down considerably therefore there is a decrease of the evaporation of moister in such corridors, the solar radiator is suitable to produce at least two cross protective shades in the same corridor and is suitable to collect, transmit and dissipate passively, without causing pollution or using other power, at least part of the energy of the solar radiation that strikes its panels. The solar radiator is designed to protect corridors, crops and plants against excessive solar radiation and moister evaporation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Ferdinando Tessarolo
  • Publication number: 20150143743
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for plants, said apparatus that features a planter with a closed bottom, sidewalls, and an open top, wherein a protruding lip is defined on an exterior surface of the sidewalls in proximity to the open top; and a first cover with an open bottom, sidewalls, and a closed top, wherein a set of clasping mechanisms are located on two opposing sidewalls in proximity to the open bottom, and wherein the clasping mechanism reversibly attaches the cover to the lip of the planter. The invention further provides a second, insulating cover with an open bottom, sidewalls, and a closed top, wherein the second cover is received by the first cover after the first cover is reversibly attached to the planter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: James McClay
  • Publication number: 20140259901
    Abstract: A system and method for deterring animal interaction with woody plants is provided, including a wire mesh cage. The wire mesh cage is formed from one of a sheet of steel wire mesh and a stake cage. The sheet of wire mesh may be formed into a tubular configuration to surround a plant in need of the protection. The stake cage may be formed from a plurality of uprights arranged around a periphery of a plant, and at least one filament wound around the plurality of uprights to form the wire mesh. The wire mesh cage may further include a protective covering, in the form of a cap or coating applied to a top surface of the wire mesh cage. The protective covering militates against damage to a plant surrounded by the wire mesh cage. The protective covering may be formed from a polymeric compound having an animal detracting additive and an ultraviolet inhibitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin M. Williams
  • Patent number: 8834987
    Abstract: A ground cover sheet material for use in agriculture is woven from warp and weft tapes of a plastics material and at least some of the warp or weft tapes have a greater width and/or thickness than the weft or warp tapes, or the material includes a higher density of warp or weft tapes relative to the weft or warp tapes per unit area, or includes slits through the tapes, or the tapes are folded lengthwise, all optionally in one or more high water flow through lengthwise extending parts of the material. In one embodiment the material is woven from warp or weft tapes some having a rectangular or square cross-section and some having a circular or oval cross-section. In some embodiments the material is also a reflective material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Extenday IP Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan Dallas Toye
  • Publication number: 20140196364
    Abstract: A kit is provided that protects vegetation from external elements by turning any pot or planter into a greenhouse so that a person can grow fruit, vegetables, or flowers on a deck, patio, rooftop or yard. The kit provides a frame structure and a transparent cover supported by the frame structure that covers the plant. Plants can be started early in the season to extend the growing period. Plants can be grown even when the weather is still cool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Jonathan E. Mayner
  • Publication number: 20140190075
    Abstract: A method for protecting crop plants from harmful organisms, which comprises the step of covering one or more of the plants with a device, comprising a stabilizing structure and a meshed fabric, where the meshed fabric is impregnated with a pesticide and is penetrable by light, air and water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Ulrich Karl, Hartmut Leininger, Samuel Wells, Jürgen Huff
  • Patent number: 8708166
    Abstract: A confection rack enables confections to appear as a bouquet of flowers. The confection rack Comprises a plurality of wire rings in circular form mechanically coupled to one another. The plurality of wire rings is mechanically coupled to a ring base with riser prongs. The ring base is further mechanically coupled to locating prongs which can be used to align the confection rack into a pot. In this manner, a user can insert the confections into the plurality of wire rings to make the confections appear as a bouquet of flowers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Elizabeth Lynne Crouch
  • Publication number: 20140083002
    Abstract: A freestanding foraminous frame is provided for the protection of gardens against deer, varmints, birds, and the like. The frame may include three planar sections, including a top section and a pair of side sections. The three planar sections form a protective coop within. The side sections are attached to the top section and extend downward from the top section and outward away from each other. The frame may be made of criss-crossing metal wire segments allowing gases, liquids, and light to move freely within. A plurality of frames may be placed end to end to extend the length of the protective coop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Paul C. McMichael
  • Publication number: 20140041292
    Abstract: A vine support system includes a multiple vine stakes, each vine stake adjacent and supporting a vine trunk. A plurality of shade hotels are removably mounted to the vine stakes, each shade hotel incorporating a securing bail. A shade element is removably supported by each shade hotel and restrained by the securing bail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Bryan Babcock
  • Patent number: 8561363
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for stabilizing a headstone. A substantially-rigid perforated member is provided having a headstone aperture formed therein. The perforated member includes at least one anchor extending away from the perforated member to be driven into the ground. At least one securing member is disposed at the headstone aperture of the perforated member to secure the stabilizing apparatus to the headstone. The method includes providing such a perforated member, removing existing sod from around the headstone, placing the perforated member over the headstone with the headstone extending through the headstone aperture so that the perforated member is next to the ground, adjusting a securing member so as to secure the stabilizing apparatus to the headstone, and placing sod on top of the perforated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas H. DeArmond, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130239472
    Abstract: A reflective netting material suitable for providing over and/or adjacent the plant as bird netting, insect netting, shadecloth netting, windbreak netting, or hail protection netting, is knitted, woven, or non-woven, from a synthetic monofilament, yarn, or tape or combination thereof formed from a resin comprising at least one white pigment such that the monofilament, yarn, or tape reflects at least 30% solar radiation on average across the UV (wavelength about 280-400 nm), visible (wavelength about 400-700 nm) and very near infrared (wavelength about 700-800 nm) ranges, and which transmits at least 10% or 5% on average of solar radiation across the wavelength range about 800-2500 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Extenday IP Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan Dallas Toye
  • Publication number: 20130219783
    Abstract: Crop protection netting for covering trees or other plants for insect or bird exclusion is of a knitted mesh construction, including knit intersections in the netting and connecting yarn portions between the yarn intersections which extend substantially linearly between intersections. The netting is lightweight and strechable in multiple directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: EXTENDAY IP LIMITED
    Inventor: Jonathan Dallas Toye
  • Patent number: 8464463
    Abstract: A plant screening apparatus is provided for preventing pest damage to a plant while permitting access to light, water and nutrients. The plant screening apparatus includes a base member for positioning on a support surface. The base member has a central opening for positioning the base member around a plant. A screen is coupled to the base member and a support assembly is coupled to the base member. The screen is supported by the support assembly such that the screen is positioned to enclose an interior space designed for containing the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Tamila J. Fraser
  • Publication number: 20130019524
    Abstract: Planting structures including a container including a base and defining a container opening opposite the base, a first bulb support structure supported within the container, the first bulb support structure defines a first bulb compartment located proximate the container opening, and a first bulb support structure height selected to position the first bulb compartment a first selected distance from the container opening, and a second bulb support structure supported within the container, the second bulb support structure defines a second bulb compartment located proximate the container opening, and a second bulb support structure height selected to position the second bulb compartment a second selected distance from the container opening. In some examples, the planting structure includes a varmint resistant enclosure extending from the base around an entire periphery of the base, the lateral enclosure terminating opposite the base defining a lateral enclosure opening opposite the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Roger Collin
  • Publication number: 20120247010
    Abstract: A handing garden planter apparatus includes a backing having a top portion adapted to hang from a vertical surface, a plurality of planter pockets vertically aligned and integral with the backing, each planter pocket of the plurality of planter pockets defining an interior space adapted to house soil and plant matter therein, a drainage trough integral with the backing, the drainage tough being positioned below the plurality of planter pockets, and an integrated drainage system. The integrated drainage system is adapted to allow excess water to drain from the plurality of planter pockets to the drainage trough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Eric W. HUBER
  • Patent number: 8262781
    Abstract: A method is provided which can efficiently remove conidia and microbe or the like of a phytopathogen from air and does not cause generation of ozone originated from discharge or so, thereby preventing occurrence of a plant disease without damaging a plant. There are also provided a flying organism removing apparatus and a plant protecting apparatus which can adequately capture flyable organisms, such as spores of a phytopathogen and/or small vermin, by applying an electrostatic field to the flyable organisms. An electrostatic field generated by dielectric polarization is applied to flyable organisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignees: Kagome Co., Ltd., Kinki University, Osaka Prefectural Government
    Inventors: Hideyoshi Toyoda, Yoshinori Matsuda, Teruo Nonomura, Koji Kakutani, Shin-ichi Kusakari, Katsuhide Higashi
  • Patent number: 8256466
    Abstract: A sewer water treatment system having a septic tank and drain field is protected from freezing and becoming nonfunctional with a thermal insulation blanket. A plurality of stakes connected to the borders of the blanket extend into the ground to hold the blanket on the ground above the sewer water treatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Marlin J. Mattson
  • Patent number: 8230812
    Abstract: An apparatus to prevent a pet climbing up a Christmas tree includes a screen member having a first predetermined shape and a first predetermined size. The screen member is formed from a pre-selected material. An aperture, having a second predetermined size, is formed through the screen member at a predetermined location for receiving therein a trunk of such Christmas tree. A slit is formed through the screen member beginning at an outer edge thereof and extending to an edge of a perimeter of such aperture to enable placing the screen member around the trunk. There is further a mechanism engageable with each of the screen member and a bottom branch of the Christmas tree for connecting such screen member to such Christmas tree beneath bottom the bottom branches thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Nancy A. Ross
  • Patent number: 8215055
    Abstract: An apparatus for covering or protecting vegetation, in particular landscaping. The apparatus includes an elongated sheet of material having an upper edge and a lower edge. Spaced along the length of the elongated sheet are a plurality of stake pockets extending transversely to the longitudinal axis of the elongated sheet. The stake pockets receiving a stake used to secure the cover to a surface, typically the ground. Accordingly, the elongated sheet surrounds or is placed adjacent to the landscaping and the stakes are either inserted into the stake pockets or attached to the sheet using the stake pockets and correspondingly hold the elongated sheet upright and in place. In addition, a plurality of eyelets on the elongated sheet can be used to both hang decorations and anchor the elongated sheet to the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Cameron M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20120090229
    Abstract: A reflective netting material suitable for providing over and/or adjacent the plant as bird netting, insect netting, shadecloth netting, windbreak netting, or hail protection netting, is knitted, woven, or non-woven, from a synthetic monofilament, yarn, or tape or combination thereof formed from a resin comprising at least one white pigment such that the monofilament, yarn, or tape reflects at least 30% solar radiation on average across the UV (wavelength about 280-400 nm), visible (wavelength about 400-700 nm) and very near infrared (wavelength about 700-800 nm) ranges, and which transmits at least 10% or 5% on average of solar radiation across the wavelength range about 800-2500 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Jonathan Dallas Toye
  • Patent number: 8105418
    Abstract: A method is provided which can efficiently remove conidia and microbe or the like of a phytopathogen from air and does not cause generation of ozone originated from discharge or so, thereby preventing occurrence of a plant disease without damaging a plant. There are also provided a flying organism removing apparatus and a plant protecting apparatus which can adequately capture flyable organisms, such as spores of a phytopathogen and/or small vermin, by applying an electrostatic field to the flyable organisms. An electrostatic field generated by dielectric polarization is applied to flyable organisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: Kagome Co., Ltd., Kinki University, Osaka Prefectural Government
    Inventors: Hideyoshi Toyoda, Yoshinori Matsuda, Teruo Nonomura, Koji Kakutani, Shin-ichi Kusakari, Katsuhide Higashi
  • Publication number: 20110314731
    Abstract: Described is a reflective ground cover sheet material (1) in which longitudinally extending opposite side margins (A) of the sheet material are stronger than a longitudinally extending centre section between the side margins of the material. Also described is a reflective ground cover sheet material (1) having longitudinally extending opposite side margins (A) of the sheet material of lower porosity than a longitudinally extending centre section between the side margins of the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: EXTENDAY IP LIMITED
    Inventor: Jonathan Dallas Toye
  • Publication number: 20110283611
    Abstract: A netting or trellis support for use with hollow-top stakes comprises a pole having a lower end sized to be received in the hollow top of a respective stake and to extend in a vertical direction. First and second sleeves have respective first and second attachment members. The first sleeve is affixed proximate the top end of the pole. The second sleeve is mounted for rotation relative to the first attachment member. The attachment members are supported by the pole so as to have a generally coincident axis that is perpendicular to the vertical direction. The netting or trellis is supported at least between the first and second attachment members. In a more particular arrangement, cross members can be engaged to an attachment member of each of two adjacent poles. The netting or trellis support can be used in conjunction with a raised border system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony Topping
  • Publication number: 20110219683
    Abstract: The Plant Growing System “PGS” is a convenient and easy way to grow a high yield plant/vegetable/herb garden in a limited space within a self-contained watering and fertilization system. The PLANT, VEGETABLE AND HERB GROWING SYSTEM design allows plants to receive essential and critical nutrients through a self-contained irrigation and natural (worm) cultivating root system. With the PLANT, VEGETABLE AND HERB GROWING SYSTEM you can grow plants, herbs or vegetables indoor with UV lamps or outdoor in direct sunlight using either soil based growing methods or hydroponic growing methods. The PLANT, VEGETABLE AND HERB GROWING SYSTEM has built in pest deterrence techniques to keep unwanted animals from attacking the plants, herbs and vegetables. The PLANT, VEGETABLE AND HERB GROWING SYSTEM can be restricted to confined areas and used on apartment patios, small backyards, basements or small area with a yield of greater than 10 times of that of traditional gardening methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Donald J. Sutton Sutton
  • Publication number: 20110219682
    Abstract: A plant protector cage with a rectangular portion of wire cloth screen and a circular portion of wire cloth screen. The perimeter of the circular portion is trimmed in a metal band. The rectangular portion is wrapped into a cylindrical shape which is then formed into a pleated, open bottomed conical shape. The perimeter of the circular portion is fixedly attached to the bottom conical shape. A preferred embodiment includes an above ground collar that is fixed to the top rim of the conical cage and tapers upwardly and inwardly to a central plant receiving aperture. A preferred embodiment includes the ground collar is molded in two halves of UV resistant rigid plastic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Allan P. Butler
  • Patent number: 7958678
    Abstract: A building covered with resin films 10, comprises a frame 11 constituting the bone structure of a building and a roof and /or a wall formed by stretching transparent resin films 20 on the frame, wherein the lower edge portion of a transparent resin film is held by a retainer 30 to fix it to the frame and a water-permeable sheet 40 is put with its upper edge portion being positioned at the inner surface side of the resin film and its lower edge portion being positioned at the outside of the building whereby condensed water resulted on the surface of the film facing the inside of the building is discharged to the outside thereof without losing the heat insulation effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Green-Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Ishisaki
  • Publication number: 20110113684
    Abstract: A method and device for supporting a string and/or a sheet of material, such as a rope, a length of twine, a trellis netting or a barrier material is provided. A ground anchored device includes a rigid post and two or more flexible arms. The arms may be configured to support two or more sheets of material, wherein the sheets of material may further support plant growth. Alternately or additionally, one or more arms may be positioned to maintain string optionally bearing flags and/or barrier material to further discourage intrusion by animals. Horizontal lines may be extended from a plurality of devices to even further discourage intrusion by animals and/or to support the barrier material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: WAYNE MORGAN
  • Publication number: 20110113683
    Abstract: A method and device for supporting a sheet of material is provided optionally for plant support and/or protection. A fencing device includes a rigid post and two or more flexible arms. A shading material, or a protective barrier material, such as a wire mesh, a plastic netting or a deer netting material, or a solar energy collection panel may be attached to distal ends of the flexible arms and may extend for seven feet or more from a ground plane to a top height of flexible arms above the ground plane. Flags may extend vertically above the barrier material to further discourage intrusion by animals. Horizontal lines may be extended from a plurality of fencing posts to even further discourage intrusion by animals and/or to support the barrier material. A trellising device may be coupled with and above another trellising device to provide layers of shading and plant support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Wayne Steven Morgan
  • Publication number: 20100313470
    Abstract: An apparatus for covering or protecting vegetation, in particular landscaping. The apparatus includes an elongated sheet of material having an upper edge and a lower edge. Spaced along the length of the elongated sheet are a plurality of stake pockets extending transversely to the longitudinal axis of the elongated sheet. The stake pockets receiving a stake used to secure the cover to a surface, typically the ground. Accordingly, the elongated sheet surrounds or is placed adjacent to the landscaping and the stakes are either inserted into the stake pockets or attached to the sheet using the stake pockets and correspondingly hold the elongated sheet upright and in place. In addition, a plurality of eyelets on the elongated sheet can be used to both hang decorations and anchor the elongated sheet to the ground surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Cameron M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20100218421
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a flowerpot soil protection apparatus featuring a porous stretchable elastic fabric cylinder, wherein the fabric, while stretchable, is carefully chosen to prevent entanglement with fingers and paws. The upper edge of the cylinder features an elasticized sleeve containing a drawstring enabling the upper edge of the stretchable elastic fabric cylinder to be drawn snugly around the stem of a potted plant and secured to maintain the snug fit; the bottom edge of the cylinder features a closed elasticized sleeve containing a closed ring of elasticized cord enabling the bottom edge of the stretchable elastic fabric cylinder to be drawn and held snugly around the rim of a flowerpot containing a potted plant. The apparatus is reusable and easily installed and removed from a variety of flower pots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventor: Robert H. Monnes
  • Publication number: 20100064578
    Abstract: A method for protecting crop plants from harmful organisms, which comprises the step of covering one or more of the plants with a device, comprising a stabilizing structure and a meshed fabric, where the meshed fabric is impregnated with a pesticide and is penetrable by light, air and water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Ulrich Karl, Hartmut Leininger, Samuel Wells, Jürgen Huff
  • Patent number: 7650716
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an adjustable protective enclosure for trees or shrubs, comprising: a first enclosing portion having a upper region, and a lower region adapted to contact the ground, and comprising a plurality of longitudinally extending panels, each panel comprising a plurality first longitudinal members and a plurality of first transverse members, wherein the first longitudinal members and the first transverse members of a panel are attached to one another to form one or more first rigid frameworks; at least a portion of the longitudinal members or at least a portion of the transverse members, or both, are adjustable in length; each panel is adjustably attached to two adjacent panels to enclose one or more trees or shrubs; a second enclosing portion attached to the first enclosing portion in the upper region thereof, and comprising a plurality of second longitudinal members and a one or more second transverse members, wherein the second longitudinal members and second transverse members form one or more
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventor: James Brian Schemeley
  • Publication number: 20090282733
    Abstract: An elastomeric mat is provided, which includes rubber buffings, a binder holding the buffings together, and a coloring agent. A portion of the rubber buffings is randomly and angularly oriented, relative to the lower surface of the mat, to provide a non-uniform upper surface and a non-uniform thickness of the mat. The irregular spacing of the rubber buffings and the irregular surface texture results in a mat resembling natural shredded wood mulch. Fertilizer may also be incorporated on, or within, the mat to nurture trees or other plants about which the mat is placed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Richard C. Moore, JR., Sheila B. Jones
  • Patent number: 7555862
    Abstract: A method for conserving soil and water comprises a botanical net body and a soft framework system for supporting the net body, and the net body is mainly made of straws, fabrics, and meshed materials similar to a net woven with flat and curve surfaces, combined with a frame, or directly coupled to the interior of the framework for filling soil into its hollow portion. The framework includes anchoring elements, multidirectional connecting rings and connecting elements between the rings, and the net body is connected to the framework by connecting the net body with a preassembled soft framework and anchoring the two together for filling soils and growing plants or solely anchoring the framework with the net body. After the net body is filled with soils and grown with plants, the net body is moved to the place of the framework and connected to the framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Piao-Chin Li
  • Publication number: 20090133323
    Abstract: The belowground tree anchoring apparatus (10) includes a blanket (12), a plurality of stakes (16), and a plurality of ties (14). The blanket (12) fits over the root ball (B) at the base of the trunk (R) of the tree (T) and has a center opening and an elongated, radial slit (22) for facilitating this arrangement. The blanket (12) has a plurality of peripheral tie attachment holes, which may be reinforced with grommets. The stakes (16) are driven into the planting hole (H) at the bottom of the hole (H), and each stake (16) is connected to the blanket by a tie (14), and each tie (14) is attached to the blanket (12) at one of the peripheral grommets. When the ties (14) are fully tensioned, the blanket (12) holds the root ball (B) tightly to the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Sarah E. Farmer, James W. Farmer
  • Patent number: 7497048
    Abstract: A plant protector includes a flexible cover having an apex, a base, plural sides and plural vertices defining intersections between adjacent sides, together with plural elongated frame members each respectively attached to the cover at one of the vertices. The frame members each have a first end proximate to the cover apex and a second end proximate to the cover base. The frame member first ends are mutually interconnected for pivoting at or below the cover apex. The pivotal interconnection may be provided by hinge connector hardware, but is more preferably provided by the cover itself functioning as a living hinge. The frame members are pivotable from an open position wherein the frame members are angled relative to each other to a collapsed position wherein the frame members are substantially parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Steven M. Bakowski
  • Publication number: 20090049742
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present invention aim to integrate two common agricultural-practices, first of hothouses cover application, and second of protective netting. A method for reversibly sealing the pores of netting by applying a sealing agent on a net in a reversible manner, thereby producing an agricultural covering to protect underlying crops, particularly from cold conditions, is disclosed. A method for reversibly opening the pores of a sealed net, by exposing said portion of the net to chemical or physical unsealing agents and thus opening at least a portion of the sealed pores of the net, is conjointly disclosed. Furthermore, a method of including additives to the sealing agent, which enhances the protective properties of the resultant covering such as its ability to repel insects, its ability to block ultraviolet or other radiation, its water proofing qualities, is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: Ecoseal Ltd
    Inventors: Avihai Ilan, Amir Barnea, Jonah Gavrieli
  • Publication number: 20080134574
    Abstract: A tree and shrub apron h is placed around a plant and mulch is used to retain the apron in place. The apron is sized and shaped to correspond to the type plant. A time released fertilizer is adhered to the apron. The type of fertilizer would be predetermined by the intended plant application of the apron. Other substances may also be contained in the fertilizing and adhesive mixture, such as, pesticides. The release of the fertilizer would be activated by moisture applied to the apron. The apron will begin to biodegrade once placed on the ground and the fertilizer is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Mickey Zimmer
  • Patent number: 7326659
    Abstract: The present invention provides a biodegradable extruded netting. The netting comprises a plurality of interconnected strands with at least some of the strands comprising a biodegradable composition comprising polylactic acid polymer and biodegradable plasticizer. In at least one embodiment, at least 10% of the strands are made of the biodegradable composition. The present invention also relates to a method for making biodegradable extruded netting. The method comprises extruding strands of polymeric material to form a netting wherein at least some of the strands are formed of the biodegradable composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Conwed Plastics LLC
    Inventors: Hans O. Cederblad, Keith E. Misukanis, Christopher P. Hakanson, Andrew J. Thoen
  • Patent number: 7326660
    Abstract: The present invention provides a degradable extruded netting. The netting comprises a plurality of interconnected strands with at least some of the strands comprising a degradable composition comprising a polyolefin, a metal carboxylate, and an aliphatic poly hydroxy-carboxyl acid. In at least one embodiment, at least 10% of the strands are made of the degradable composition. The present invention also relates to a method for making degradable extruded netting. The method comprises extruding strands of polymeric material to form a netting wherein at least some of the strands are formed of the degradable composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Conwed Plastics LLC
    Inventors: Aster Walraevens, Gaston De Greef, Ludo Dewaelheyns, Keith E. Misukanis
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20070266625
    Abstract: A plant cover is disclosed that is removably placed over a garden or garden area to prevent access to the garden or garden area by animal or insect pests. The plant cover includes a wire or mesh screen main body having holes of a sufficient size to prevent the undesired animal pest from being able to pass through the holes in the screen. The main body is open on the bottom and sits over the garden or area of the garden to be protected. The plant cover also has a pair of opposed end pieces that are attached to and provide structural support for the main body. The plant cover may also include a handle to allow the plant cover to be easily lifted off of the garden. Ideally, the plant cover, including all its parts and pieces, may fold into a compact unit for storage or transportation and then be unrolled and joined together to make the final plant cover that is useful to protect the garden or garden area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventors: Beverly L. Markis, James P. Palmquist
  • Patent number: 7207136
    Abstract: A protective heat absorbing and heat reflective covering material comprising an open mesh weave of scrim material, the mesh having warp and weft strips forming a substantially thin layer having opposed major surfaces, where at least one of the warp or weft strip materials is a heat absorbing or heat reflecting material, and at least one of the major surfaces of the scrim material has a discontinuous coating having heat reflecting or heat absorbing properties opposite to that of the warp and or weft strip, the discontinuous coating thereon at least partially covering the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Peter Hinsperger
  • Patent number: 7083358
    Abstract: A sub surface aquatic weed barrier consisting of a strip of plastic held to the aquatic substrate by transverse weights bonded to the plastic strip. Gas release ports are located in the plastic sheet, positioned midway between the transverse weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventor: Warren J. Grosjean
  • Patent number: 6957932
    Abstract: A benthic screen for controlling aquatic plant growth comprising a sheet of flexible material, a plurality of spaced-apart, elongated retaining members that are transversely positioned across the width of the sheet and attachment means for securing each retaining member to the sheet. The sheet of flexible material is typically a polymeric material having low light transmittance such as a woven geotextile polypropylene. The retaining members are preferably a plurality of parallel positioned metal rods. The attachment means is preferably a plurality of PVC pipes wherein each pipe has a slit that passes through the pipe and extends the length thereof. A portion of the sheet is inserted into a slit and looped around a retaining rod that is encased in the pipe. The structure of the screen renders it self anchoring and provides channels for removing plant decomposition gases that would otherwise accumulate under the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Inventor: James K. Schillinger
  • Patent number: 6901697
    Abstract: A protective winter turf cover is formed with a layered polyethylene laminated sheet with each layer having force striations running at an angle to the edge of the sheet and with the force striations of one layer at an angle to the force striations of the adjacent layer, the resulting turf cover being lightweight, compactly foldable, and substantially impermeable to water. The protective winter turf cover is efficiently held down with a dual apertured washer and x-position of nails therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: James E. Stoller
  • Patent number: 6892743
    Abstract: A portable, modular greenhouse system that can be used to protect plants from harsh conditions. A green house according to the invention comprises a frame and a cover. The frame preferably comprises at least one panel constructed from a mesh of rigid wire, with a spacing between adjacent wires which is large enough to permit a gardener's hand to pass therethrough. The panels are preferably flexible and resilient, so that they return to their original shape after being bent. The cover preferably has sleeves formed in opposite edges thereof. Slats may be inserted into the sleeves, so that when the cover is on the frame the slats are located near the bottom of the frame, thereby weighing down the cover to keep it in place. The ends of the slats may be inserted through the mesh of the panels to further secure the cover to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventors: Sheila Mary Armstrong, Ronald B. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 6889470
    Abstract: A plant protector securing device includes a flexible panel that has a top side, a bottom side, and a peripheral edge. Each of a plurality of elongate members has an attached end attached to the peripheral edge and a free end extending away from the panel. Each of a plurality of spikes is attached to one of the free ends of the elongate members. The bottom side of the panel may be abutted against an upper side of a rose protective covering and the spikes driven into a ground surface such that the device secures the protective covering to the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Inventor: Jerry R. Hill
  • Patent number: 6796083
    Abstract: A barrier for protecting plants and crops from insects comprising a screen that reflects ultraviolet light toward the insects such that they are repelled from the screen. Also shown is an enclosure and a method for protecting plants and crops from insects including the reflecting screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: BiotechNet Ltd.
    Inventor: Dror Hadar
  • Patent number: 6758014
    Abstract: Trellis structure including a frame body and a roof. The frame body is composed of multiple upright columns, press beams and support rods. The roof is composed of a ridge beam, multiple press beams and multiple support rods. The press beam is a hollow beam having an opening on one side. By means of multiple fixing members and bolts, the press beams are fixedly connected with the columns and the ridge beam to form a pattern of a house. The other side of the press beam is formed with a recessed insertion section. In cooperation with a press bar and a clamping plate, a light shading mesh is fixed around the frame body and on the top face of the roof to form a trellis with shading effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventor: Tai-Shan Chen