Tree Supported, E.g., Belt Or Band Type, Including Compositions Patents (Class 47/32.5)
  • Publication number: 20130291433
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tree guard and an associated method for installation thereof for protecting cambium beneath the bark layer from mechanical damage caused by a tree support cabling system. The tree guard includes a cylindrical tube with a top wall and a bottom wall, a proximal end and a distal end sufficiently differentiated in length by a barrier ring rigidly attached on the top wall, such that the distal end be encircled and threaded through a hole at a first face of a trunk to reach a second face and the proximal end of the tube be remain out positioned about a circumference of the hole when the barrier ring anchors the tube against the trunk. The tube and the barrier ring having an inner diameter, and an outer diameter sufficiently larger to enable the cable to enter the tube and prevent the cable movement against the cambium, and not to inhibit growth of the tree respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Clayton Geer, Nathan W. Wright, Jerrold Jakubos, Scott Geer
  • Publication number: 20130160358
    Abstract: Devices and methods for attaching objects to living trees. Various forms of the devices employ a flexible member and mounting member that are configured to be looped and secured around a tree portion at a beginning of a predetermined time period. The mounting member and flexible member are configured to slide relative to each other to accommodate growth of the tree portion such that the device remains secured to the tree portion for at least the duration of the predetermined period of time without the need for human intervention. In other embodiments, the mounting member is integrally formed with the object or no mounting member is employed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas J. Edgington, Bradley T. Edgington
  • Patent number: 8341878
    Abstract: A tree tie and method of use is disclosed. The tree tie comprises a member. The tie member including a first end portion; a first tab coupled to the first end portion; a middle portion and one end of a middle portion coupled to the first tab. The tie member also includes an opposite end of the middle portion coupled to a second tab, a second end portion coupled to the second tab and a head portion coupled to the second end portion. The tree tie including a flexible hose surrounding the middle portion of the first member and being substantially held in place by the first and second tabs. Only flexible hose contacts the tree when the first member surrounds the tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Zip-It Tree Ties
    Inventor: Thomas J. Decker
  • Patent number: 7908793
    Abstract: A tree tie and method of use is disclosed. The tree tie comprises a member. The tie member including a first end portion; a first tab coupled to the first end portion; a middle portion and one end of a middle portion coupled to the first tab. The tie member also includes an opposite end of the middle portion coupled to a second tab, a second end portion coupled to the second tab and a head portion coupled to the second end portion. The tree tie including a flexible hose surrounding the middle portion of the first member and being substantially held in place by the first and second tabs. Only flexible hose contacts the tree when the first member surrounds the tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Zip-It Tree Ties
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Decker
  • Patent number: 7650717
    Abstract: A belt device for arrangements which are put under tensile load, particularly for systems for the securing of tree crowns, having a belt (10) with a loop at each end (12, 12?) which is formed by turning over the end parts of the belt (10) and fastening the ends to the belt, wherein the fastenings (14, 14?) and the belt (10) are adapted to withstand a pre-determined minimum tensile force. In order to guarantee a good visibility of the indicating element even from greater distances, it is proposed by the invention that the belt (10) is overlapped by an indicating element (16) in the vicinity of at least one of the loops (12), which indicating element shortens the belt (10) and is fastened with two end portions on the belt (10) such that one of the fastenings (18) gives way when a pre-determined tensile force acts on the belt (10), the tensile force being smaller than the minimum tensile force which the loop fastenings (14, 14?) and the belt withstand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventor: Friedrich Drayer
  • Publication number: 20100005713
    Abstract: A device is described for repelling pests from fruit and other trees as well as certain plants. The device consists of an adjustable collar that is strapped tight around the tree trunk, tree branches or plant stem. The collar consists of a liquid absorbing foam strip and a tying mechanism such as a pipe clamp, or Velcro strap. To be most effective, the foam strip should completely surround the tree trunk or plant stem so as to not allow any way of passage for ants and other tree-crawling pests to make it through the repelling barrier without having to crawl over it. A repellant or insecticide is poured on top of the collar's foam strip. Thus a repelling barrier is created that crawling pests will not cross or that causes a repelling aroma to engulf the tree or plant and which repels flying insects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Paul Swart
  • Publication number: 20090235581
    Abstract: An apparatus to prevent climbing a vertically disposed member is provided. The apparatus includes a covering member manufactured from a predetermined material and having a predetermined shape, a predetermined thickness, and a predetermined size. A securing mechanism is operably connected to such covering member at a predetermined location thereon for securing such covering member at least one of to and around a predetermined object such that such object is rendered substantially incapable of being climbed upon at the location covered by the covering member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Charles W. Bevins, Sean Smith
  • Patent number: 7533489
    Abstract: A system for supporting lines of trees growing in pots includes poles supported in an upright position, with a first cable running between pairs of poles. Tree trunks are attached to the first cable with a device that includes a length of helical cable, a second cable, that is adapted for mating with the first cable, formed into a ā€œVā€ shape. A pair of deformable cylinders, one having a longitudinal slit, are included. The slit cylinder is positionable over the first cable on a first side of the tree trunk. The second cylinder is threaded onto the second cable into a notch section thereof, and placed on a second side of the tree trunk. The two arms of the second cable are wound about the first cable on opposite sides of the tree trunk to prevent slippage therebetween, leaving at least one end free for ease of disconnect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Pierson Supply Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Delwood Nelson, Thomas R. Dean, David A. Monk, William Bartow Mercer
  • Patent number: 7013597
    Abstract: A tree ring that inhibits and/or prevents vegetation growth around the trunks of trees. The tree ring comprises an elastic outer peripheral edge and an elastic inner peripheral edge. In between elastic outer peripheral edge and the elastic inner peripheral edge is a flexible sheet. The flexible sheet has a plurality of holes. The tree ring is removably secured onto a tree pot of any dimension, size, or shape. The elastic outer peripheral edge stretches around the rim of the tree pot, and the elastic inner peripheral edge snugly fits around a tree trunk. It is noted that the distance between the elastic outer peripheral edge and the elastic inner peripheral edge that makes up flexible sheet may vary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Oscar Dominguez
  • Patent number: 6779311
    Abstract: A barrier against arthropods crawling along a surface comprises a soft pliable polymer collar portion adapted for tight and substantially continuous receipt against a surface. A mounting portion secures the collar to the surface and serves to preventing relative motion between the collar and the surface. A generally continuous flared skirt member extends from the collar and is comprised of a soft pliable polymer having a arthropod-deterring ingredient molded therein. The skirt defines an unobstructed access opening opposite the collar. The opening is defined by an end of the generally continuous skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: University of Florida
    Inventor: Ernest H. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20040040199
    Abstract: A system for protecting trees and structures from infestation by crawling or climbing insects by attaching an insect barrier to the wall surface of the object to be protected. The barrier consists of a belt means, which may be made from a plastic sheet material and may be wrapped around the object to be protected, including a contact means that engages the surface of the object. The contact means may have a deformable thickness, such as provided by a layer of a non-woven fabric, to prent the passage of insects between the barrier and the surface of the objet. The free ends of the belt means are secured to each other to retain the belt means against the surface of the tree and engage the contact means against the tree surface. The belt means has slippery surface means, having a low coefficient of friction with respect to insects, that prevents the travel of insects on the belt means, preventing them from proceeding over the belt means and infesting the tree or structure to be protected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventors: James Thompson, Timothy G. Myles
  • Patent number: 6684578
    Abstract: A method for controlling the spread of kudzu utilizes vertical, or near vertical, smooth surfaces which do not provide a horizontal step for continued vertical growth of kudzu. Accordingly, a clear zone may be established mechanically or otherwise and guards placed intermediate the kudzu and an area to be protected wherein when the vines contact the guards, they are unable to unsupportedly span the guard to continue upward growth and then into the protected area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventor: Jack Newell Callahan
  • Patent number: 6625926
    Abstract: An apparatus for stabilizing a tree or shrub, comprises a plurality of stakes each including first and second ends, respectively, the first ends being adapted for permitting the stakes to be driven into the ground, a plurality of straps, and attachment hooks located on the plurality of stakes, respectively, for securely attaching a portion of selected ones of the plurality of straps thereto, respectively, wherein the plurality of stakes are arranged in a desired spaced apart configuration around the root ball, and driven via their respective first ends at least partly into the ground, each of the plurality of straps being individually connected via the attachment hooks to and between a selected pair of the plurality of stakes, respectively, for providing a desired configuration of a single layer or multiple overlying layers of the plurality of straps, whereby the plurality of straps are positioned over and against the root ball to provide a downward force thereagainst and to secure the root ball in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventor: James A. Mancini
  • Patent number: 6553726
    Abstract: A barrier against arthropods crawling along a surface comprises a soft pliable polymer collar portion adapted for tight and substantially continuous receipt against a surface. A mounting portion secures the collar to the surface and serves to preventing relative motion between the collar and the surface. A generally continuous flared skirt member extends from the collar and is comprised of a soft pliable polymer having a arthropod-deterring ingredient molded therein. The skirt defines an unobstructed access opening opposite the collar. The opening is defined by an end of the generally continuous skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: University of Florida
    Inventor: Ernest H. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20030024156
    Abstract: A effective device, providing 24 hours, 7 day per week protection and control of small tree nesting animals infestation in a commercial or residential setting. The SQUIRREL COMBATON is a simple, two foot by six foot, 0.025 gauge rectangular-shaped aluminum panel strategically secured on the trunk of the tree The combined effect of the camouflaging tree pattern and the presentation of the “Owl Eyes” simulation onto the panel would remain unnoticed by those passers-by and doubles the effectiveness of the device. The flexibility of this product would enable it to be easily wrapped around the tree, but at the same time it would be durable enough to tightly hold its form around the tree. It would also be weatherproof, and able to be used during all four seasons. Thus a considerably most effective and versatile tree shield/guard in simplicity and utility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventor: Robert H. Tinshey