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.
Abstract: A netting deployment and recovery system for covering vines and row crops has a collecting and dispensing cart that travels aside the row to be covered while netting is unrolled from a spool and guided overhead to a sweep tube mounted on a boom. In deploying the netting, a sweep tube directs the netting from the spool up over the row such that it spreads outward and lays over the row as the cart moves forward. In removing the netting the sweep tube gathers the relatively open netting at the upper end and conveys it in a compressed form back to the take up reels. The sweep tube is mounted to pivot about the boom in response to excess tension when the netting is deployed or removed. Such pivoting of the sweep tube engages an actuator to modulate the rotation of the take up reel. The orientation of the sweep tube is reversed for deployment and retrieval of the netting. In retrieving the netting the tension of the netting is reduced via the take up spool to avoid breakage.
Abstract: A machine that quickly lays a cover over a freshly seeded area and at the same time anchors the cover to the ground. The cover helps prevent moisture from escaping from the ground and holds the seeds in place during watering the area, during heavy rains and/or during wind storms. The ground cover is a blanket in the form of a ribbon of considerable length that is rolled onto a spindle and may consist of straw or the like or the equivalent thereof retained between a pair of porous sheet, mesh or netting members or suitably attached or adhering to single sheet of the same and which preferably is biodegradable. The ribbon is payed out from the spindle as the machine traverses the area to be covered. Apparatus on the machine anchors the laid in place ribbon to the ground as it is placed on the ground by driving pins through the ribbon into the ground and/or by forming and pressing a “V” shape formation in the ribbon an adjustably variable selected depth into the ground.