Vertical Patents (Class 47/47)
  • Patent number: 9206823
    Abstract: Modulatable integrated system for connecting at least two cylindrical elements (9) composed of a rigid vertical rod (1) connected to at least three solid rings (2, 3, 4) capable of containing the cylinders and having analogous diameter, characterized in that the three solid rings are connected to the rigid rod (1) in a manner so as to form three separate levels that are equidistant from each other, parallel to each other and orthogonal to the axis of the rigid rod (1), and are arranged in a manner such that two of the solid rings (2 and 4) are perfectly superimposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Angela Cingolani
  • Patent number: 9179609
    Abstract: Guide and fastening device for plant support wires, in particular for rows of grapevines, the device having at least one pair of vertical upright elements, fastened to a head pole and provided with longitudinal guides within which are made to slide fastening elements for the lateral containment wires for the growing vegetation. To each pair of upright elements for the lateral containment wires is associated a further vertical upright provided with a guide within which is made to slide a fastening element for at least one carrying wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventors: Claudio Bortolussi, Franco Bortolussi
  • Patent number: 9167753
    Abstract: A base component and a plurality of plant support components interconnect in various combinations to form an organically configured, size adjustable plant support structure for a growing plant. The base component with spaced root-like stakes planted in the soil supports multiple components each having a central vertical trunk-like structure and extending limb-like and branch-like supports forming a tree-like configuration. Ties of various length soft fabric strips attach a growing plant to a molded exterior configured and colored to resemble tree bark for high friction to securely support the plant and plant produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Patty A Melton
  • Patent number: 9163413
    Abstract: An attachment strip for attaching lath to a wall and a system for attaching lath to a wall with increased water resistive characteristics. The attachment strip has protruding teeth on an attachment plate that holds the lath in place, and a mounting plate that secures the lath furring strip against the wall and framing. In addition, since attachment strip, instead of the lath directly, is secured to the sheathing, fewer mounting devices are needed compared to when a lath is directly secured to a sheathing, where substantially more mounting devices would be needed. Thus in this arrangement, fewer penetrations are created when installing the lath. Additional water resistive features, such insulation layers, and a drainage space surrounded by two water resistive barriers, create space that not only increases insulation, but protects the inner layers of a wall from damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Todd A. Brady
  • Patent number: 9060470
    Abstract: An apparatus for the support of branches and fruit during growth of plants, bushes, and shrubs includes a first rod and a second rod that cooperate for form an upright rod assembly. The first rod includes a hollow elliptical or oval shaped center and the second rod includes an elliptical or oval shaped exterior When the second rod is disposed in the first rod and is rotated, a portion of the exterior of the second rod binds against a portion of the interior of the first rod to secure the first and second rods together. During use, a bottom of the first rod is secured to an upright post and a plant is secured to the upright rod assembly. Alternately, the bottom of the first rod is attached to a soil tip which is then inserted into soil. Various clips for attachment of horizontal members, cords, and wires are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Tavis Donaldson
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8991097
    Abstract: A tomato booster is disclosed with stackable hollow cylinders and vertical interlocking doors adapted to allow a tomato plant space for growth of secondary root systems in a vertical position. A method of using the tomato booster is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph Anthony Giametta
  • Publication number: 20150033623
    Abstract: An adjustable plant support is disclosed. The support includes an upright support, a plurality of holes disposed along a length of the upright support, and at least one support arm configured to be removably secured to the upright support through a selected hole of the plurality of holes. The support arm also includes a hook at a distal end of the support arm and is configured to define an interior portion of the support arm and adapted to support a plant. A pin of the support arm is at a proximate end of the support arm, where a free end of the pin is configured to slidingly engage the selected hole. In addition, the pin of the support arm extends back towards the U-shape collar in a different lateral plane, where a width of the U-shaped collar is configured to slidingly engage an outer surface of the upright support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Ed Mauro, John J. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20140366437
    Abstract: A base component and a plurality of plant support components interconnect in various combinations to form an organically configured, size adjustable plant support structure for a growing plant. The base component with spaced root-like stakes planted in the soil supports multiple components each having a central vertical trunk-like structure and extending limb-like and branch-like supports forming a tree-like configuration. Ties of various length soft fabric strips attach a growing plant to a molded exterior configured and colored to resemble tree bark for high friction to securely support the plant and plant produce.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Patty R Serio
  • Publication number: 20140360096
    Abstract: A method for controlling the planting of olive trees for the continuous mechanical harvesting of the olives using harvesting machines, the method having the following steps: planting parallel rows of olive tree saplings with a spacing between the tree trunks and a spacing between the rows; placing trellising on each row; placing divergent supports for each tree; attaching two divergent branches of each tree, which are arranged in a single vertical plane and in the vertical plane of the row to which said tree belongs, onto a pair of supports; removing other branches of said tree; adapting the shape of the foliage of the trees so as to impart a configuration flattened in alignment with the rows thereto; maintaining said configuration by periodically pruning the trees until the latter reach maturity and bear fruit; and removing the supports and the trellising when the trees are fully grown.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Roger Pellenc, Christian Rolland
  • Publication number: 20140250779
    Abstract: Guide and fastening device for plant support wires, in particular for rows of grapevines, the device having at least one pair of vertical upright elements, fastened to a head pole and provided with longitudinal guides within which are made to slide fastening elements for the lateral containment wires for the growing vegetation. To each pair of upright elements for the lateral containment wires is associated a further vertical upright provided with a guide within which is made to slide a fastening element for at least one carrying wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Claudio Bortolussi, Franco Bortolussi
  • Patent number: 8813422
    Abstract: A plant support structure is provided which is ideally suited for use with tomato plants. The structure includes a vertically disposed post with the lower end thereof being driven into the ground. A plurality of vertically spaced-apart support ring assemblies are secured to the post and which may be vertically adjusted with respect thereto. Each of the support ring assemblies includes a first ring member, a second ring member and a third ring member with elongated rods interconnecting the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: James Laudenklos
  • Patent number: 8756860
    Abstract: A plant hanger with a watering system includes a weighted base adapted for stable placement on a ground surface and an upwardly-extending support post. A plurality of adjustable hanger arms extends perpendicularly outward from a central hub affixed to the post. A watering system is connected to an existing water source, which delivers water to an inline plant food reservoir for introducing plant food into the water. The water is distributed to each arm through a water distributing manifold attached to an upper end of the post and in fluid communication with the water source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Murphy
  • Publication number: 20140144076
    Abstract: This disclosure combines the use of snap connectors embedded in flexible straps that are wrapped around tomato or other vine plants, together with a plant support rod or stake containing reciprocal snap connectors onto which the snap connectors embedded in the flexible straps are to be either secured into place at varying points along the plant support rod or for each flexible strap to be secured onto itself or another flexible strap while wrapped around the vine plant and plant support rod. The purpose of the apparatus is to accommodate plant growth and to maintain a vertical growth path for the vine plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Deeb
  • Patent number: 8615924
    Abstract: An enhanced-stability, A-frame-shaped plant support for the support of plants such as tomato vines, or other fruits and vegetables growing in soil which, while supporting plants laden with heavy fruits or vegetables, is stable and greenhouse tent wind-sail resistant, in part because of a readily usable starting width gauge indicator on detent latch members operable to controlling the ultimate width between pivotable opposing halves of the plant support during installation to a desired depth in the soil. After use, when removed from the soil, the A-frame-shaped plant support collapses, pivoting about preferably hog-ring type interconnection rings between the opposing halves of the plant support for facilitating easy removal from the ground and folding flat for easy storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Vahan M. Dinihanian, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8613159
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for easy removal of potted and trained plants from a plant container. The apparatus includes an elongated support member configured to assist plant training, and an elliptical-shaped support base connected to the elongated support member and configured to removably support a plant. Embodiments of the apparatus include support arms asymmetrically disposed on the elongated support member to upwardly support a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventors: Donald Thompson, Donald L Thompson
  • Patent number: 8596928
    Abstract: A retaining wall or steeply faced slope is disclosed having a naturally green facade. The wall or slope is made of blocks of compacted earth, each having a face reinforced with wire mesh and covered with vegetation such as native grasses. The blocks may be formed onsite, saving transportation costs and other waste, using native soils. The mesh may extend beyond other faces of each block to provide handles and geogrid anchoring. A press is disclosed to form the blocks by compacting soil mixed with cement, the press including hydraulic rams or screw jacks that create immense pressures and having wedge shaped sides that relieve lateral confining pressure when the block is extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Henry G Justiniano
  • Publication number: 20130185994
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a plant having a stem comprises a base, an upright member extending substantially vertically upward from the base proximate to the plant and at least three ground penetrating members extending from the base. The ground penetrating members are substantially parallel to the upright and spaced at least 4 inches therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Ernest Donald Torok
  • 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: 8322071
    Abstract: A plant securing apparatus is disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention provide an elongated portion having multiple plant-securing loops attached to the elongated portion. The elongated portion is comprised of a flexible material, such as woven nylon. During use, the elongated portion is attached to a stake or post, and the plant-securing loops support a plant, such as a tomato vine. Another embodiment uses wire fasteners to secure the plant to the stake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Susan E. Spero
  • Patent number: 8316579
    Abstract: A system for stabilizing a plant comprises a plurality of stakes and a plurality of horizontal stabilization members, wherein the stakes are inserted through a root ball of the plant into undisturbed soil, and wherein the horizontal stabilization members resist lateral movement of at least one of the stakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Kristopher M. Brown
  • Publication number: 20120216456
    Abstract: The invention relates to a green wall including a plurality of plant subjects rooted in the ground immediately next to the wall and attached to the surface of a glass substrate. The invention also relates to a method for encouraging climbing plants to anchor to a wall including the attachment of the plants to a glass substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: AGC Glass Europe
    Inventors: Pierre Boulanger, Vincent Lieffrig
  • Patent number: 8250810
    Abstract: Plant support consisting of a base and a spiral, fitted rotatably thereon and extending vertically. This spiral is made for accommodating therein the main stem of a plant, such as pepper, cucumber, aubergine or tomato. Branches of the plant extend outwards to beyond the spiral. In the spiral is a stationary post. If the plant has reached the top of the spiral, the spiral is rotated with respect to the base such that the plant shifts downwards without rotating. The plant can subsequently continue to grow upwards again. A number of plant supports of this type can be combined with a common drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Fred Van Zijl
  • Publication number: 20120159844
    Abstract: An adjustable stake assembly forms a plant support, lattice, fence, plant holder, recreational or decorative structure. The stake assembly includes a universal stake support having a pointed angular tip that penetrates a surface, a body portion with a protrusion having a stake aperture, and a horizontal member extending perpendicularly from said body portion and said tip. At least one stake segment has a central portion. A lateral and distal end is appointed to be removably snapped-onto the universal stake support. A segment aperture is appointed to receive another stake segment for vertically stacking a plurality of the stake segments. In another embodiment, the stake segments include at least one lateral connector section. The stake segments can be interconnected to one another for horizontal cross-connection when forming plant supports, lattices, fences, or other structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Davis
  • Patent number: 8196347
    Abstract: A process for controlling grapevine ripening comprises a step, to be implemented between the birth of the rachis (R) and harvesting of the bunch (G), in which rachis (R) supporting means (1) are applied, designed to at least counterbalance the weight of the flowers and fruit developing on the rachis (R), allowing the rachis (R) to grow according to its original direction. A piece of equipment for controlling grapevine ripening, in accordance with the above-mentioned process, comprises a structure (2) fixed to the ground and rachis (R) supporting means (1) which can be connected to the fixed structure (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Franco Ariano
  • Publication number: 20120131848
    Abstract: A stake for wine- and fruit-growing purposes has at least one hook for retaining a wire. The stake has a basic body with at least one limb made of sheet metal. The hook is a tongue portion, extending from a tongue base to a free end, punched and bent out of the sheet metal. An outer edge of the tongue portion, at an accommodating portion for the wire, is provided with a chamfer. The chamfer is obtained by introducing a first and a second groove, corresponding in shape to the contour of the tongue portion and being in particular V-shaped in cross section, into the basic body and then pressing the tongue portion out of the basic body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: DR. REISACHER WINZERBEDARF GMBH
    Inventor: Raimund Reisacher
  • Patent number: 8136292
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne Steven Morgan
  • Patent number: 8136291
    Abstract: A method and device for securely anchoring a plant protection structure is provided wherein a support system includes an anchoring post and a support section. The anchoring post presents a post section and an anchor section, wherein each anchor section is configured to angle away from the longitudinal axis as the anchoring post receives a force that drives the anchor section into the ground. The anchoring post is topped by a support module that may include one or more arms that support and/or help protect at least a portion of a plant or object. The arms are configurable to enable the device to help secure or protect plants or objects in a variety of embodiments as best suited to the needs of the object. The anchoring post may include solid or hollow continuous elongate elements that form both the post section and the anchor section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne Morgan
  • Patent number: 8136293
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne Morgan
  • Publication number: 20120000124
    Abstract: A system, kit and method are disclosed to support a variety of plants, including tomato plants, flowers such as peonies and roses, small trees and bushes. A rod having a cross-sectional geometry with upper and lower ends defining a length includes a socket configured to receive the lower end of another one of the rods, enabling a plurality of the rods to be stacked. A plurality of retainer components are spaced apart along the length of the rod, each retainer component including one or more capture devices, each capture device being configured to retain a portion of a flexible member. The lower end of one or more of the rods may then be placed into the ground proximate to a live plant with the flexible member positioned around at least a portion of the plant and attached at one or more of the capture devices to support the plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: John G. Posa
  • Publication number: 20110277382
    Abstract: An adjustable stake assembly has a stake support appointed to receive at least one stake segment to form a structure, such as a plant support, lattice, fence, plant holder, recreational or decorative structure. The adjustable stake assembly includes a universal stake support having a tip appointed to penetrate a surface, a body portion and a top plate having a protrusion with a stake aperture integrated therein. At least one stake segment having a central portion and a lateral and distal end is appointed to be removably snapped-onto the universal stake support. The stake segment includes a flange appointed to be received in the stake aperture of the universal stake support, and the distal end having a segment aperture integrated therein appointed for receiving another stake segment for vertically stacking a plurality of the stake segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Davis
  • Patent number: 8006434
    Abstract: A stake for insertion in soil to support an item such as a plant. The stake includes primary and secondary telescoping shafts and a foot adjustably secured to the primary shaft. The primary shaft has an upper end and a lower end. The lower end is configured for insertion into the soil at a first location. The foot has a supporting protrusion for insertion into the soil at a second location removed from the first location. Retractable ties are disposed within the secondary shaft and may be extended to support a plant. An adjustable collar may provide an anchor point for additional support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Allsop, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Allsop, Eivind Clausen
  • Patent number: 7992345
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for afforestation of recalcitrant land comprising the steps of preparing multiplicity of vegetation containers made of natural wood and having a thickness of 3-8 mm; growing plant seeds in a soil composition composed of sprouting promoter, rooting promoter, fertilizer and peat moss to obtain plant seedlings; placing the plant seedlings into the multiplicity of vegetation containers and airdropping the multiplicity of vegetation containers containing the plant seedlings onto the recalcitrant land.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: KNU Industry Cooperation Foundation
    Inventor: Su-Kyoung Chun
  • Publication number: 20110179704
    Abstract: The objective is to produce height adjustable plant & floral supports that require no fasteners, do not harm the plant, appear to be a natural part of the plant, enhance the look of the plant and/or floral arrangement and are made of a synthetic material which is resistant to weather, moisture, infestation and disease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Beth Louise MacFarlane
  • Publication number: 20110113686
    Abstract: A method and device for securely anchoring a plant protection structure is provided wherein a support system includes an anchoring post and a support section. The anchoring post presents a post section and an anchor section, wherein each anchor section is configured to angle away from the longitudinal axis as the anchoring post receives a force that drives the anchor section into the ground. The anchoring post is topped by a support module that may include one or more arms that support and/or help protect at least a portion of a plant or object. The arms are configurable to enable the device to help secure or protect plants or objects in a variety of embodiments as best suited to the needs of the object. The anchoring post may include solid or hollow continuous elongate elements that form both the post section and the anchor section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Wayne Morgan
  • Patent number: 7941968
    Abstract: The plant watering trellis apparatus provides both a trellis for plant support and a plant watering means. The collection tray is sized with a width about equal to the top width of the apparatus so that rain collection is also an option, as well as hand or automated filling from another source. Transparency of the vertical supply tubes allows a user to visually determine the water level within the apparatus. Legs are inserted into a given soil for apparatus support. The valves in the delivery tubes control drip and rate of drip from the delivery block orifices so that monitoring water supply to plants is needed only at the outset in determining best plant water supply. After setting, the apparatus can be conveniently left unattended. The delivery blocks are relatively heavy so the delivery tubes are downwardly extended. The planar apparatus is easily located and used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Richard A. Coyle
  • Patent number: 7941967
    Abstract: A method provides the steps of: bending a first length of hot rolled steel bar to define a trunk member of a tree frame; bending and welding second cut lengths of hot rolled steel bar onto a bottom end of the trunk member to define feet members; placing a planting pot on top of the feet members with the trunk member extending up through and above the pot; bending and welding third cut lengths of hot rolled steel bar to the trunk member at spaced intervals above the pot to define branch arms; planting flowering vine plants in the pot and braiding the vines up the trunk member and out onto the branch arms; trimming the vines on the trunk member to remove foliage; and allowing foliage of the flowering vine plants to grow on the branch arms to create the appearance of a giant Bonzai tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Wesley B. Jolley
  • Patent number: 7905053
    Abstract: A telescoping pole for supporting growing plants comprises two or more elongate pole members, one of which has a pointed stake section at one end to facilitate insertion into the ground. The pole includes means for locking the elongate pole members in a number of different telescoped positions, whereby to allow for adjustment of the effective length of the pole according to the height of the plant that it supports. The telescoping members are made of a polymer material, with at least one of the telescoping members comprising two injection-molded component parts that are mechanically attached to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventors: Loretta E. Lisciotti, Henry P. Lisciotti, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7856754
    Abstract: A plant tie and a chain of plant ties are disclosed. The plant tie can include an expandable portion, such as a length of tape, and two twistable portions, such as two lengths of wire. The expandable portion can span a gap between the twistable portions. The plant tie can be wrapped around a portion of a plant and secured in place by twisting the twistable portions. Once in place, the plant tie can expand to accommodate movement and/or growth of the plant to which it is attached. The disclosed chain of plant ties can include multiple individual plant ties linked in series for ease of manufacture and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Joshua A. Long
  • Patent number: 7850402
    Abstract: A retaining wall or steeply faced slope is disclosed having a naturally green fa├žade. The wall or slope is made of blocks of compacted earth, each having a face reinforced with wire mesh and covered with vegetation such as native grasses. The blocks may be formed onsite, saving transportation costs and other waste, using native soils. The mesh may extend beyond other faces of each block to provide handles and geogrid anchoring. A press is disclosed to form the blocks by compacting soil mixed with cement, the press including hydraulic rams or screw jacks that create immense pressures and having wedge shaped sides that relieve lateral confining pressure when the block is extracted. The wall may be expected to last indefinitely, despite the vegetation growing on it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Henry Justiniano
  • Patent number: 7832141
    Abstract: A flower supporting device. A plurality of rotatable beads are connected by connection means having elasticity so that a support body is formed. A plurality of support bodies are arranged to be staggered up and down with each other so that a stem of a flower can be inserted between adjoining supporting bodies to be supported by them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventors: Young-Sil Yu, Byung-Soo Yu
  • Patent number: 7802399
    Abstract: A plant stand with a circular base, locking arms and a main shaft. The plant stand can reside in a plant pot, with the circular base and locking arms fitting precisely with the bottom and sides of the plant pot. Additional plant pots may be placed upon the main shaft of the plant stand in a visually appealing fashion. Other systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventors: Nancy Shelton, Jerry Shelton
  • Patent number: 7735259
    Abstract: An adjustable plant stake assembly having cross braces, stake anchors and couplers is provided that can be used with conventional plant stakes. The cross braces extend between two adjacent plant stakes and are adjustable in length to adjust the spacing between the stakes. The stake anchors support the stakes and include a step portion that enables the anchor to be driven into the ground by stepping on the step. As the plant grows in height, each plant stake can be lengthened by connecting an additional plant stake to the top of the existing stake using one of the couplers. A kit including the plant stakes, cross braces, stake anchors and couplers is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher T. Rich, Curt Rymer, Peter Byar
  • Patent number: 7722000
    Abstract: A movable support post is attached to a vessel, such as a large planter's pot. Two or more fasteners are employed to attach the post to the vessel. The fasteners extend through the post and extend into the interior of the vessel. A ballast material, such as concrete, is disposed in the vessel and encases the bolts therein. The ballast material acts as an anchor to stabilize the vessel and the attached post. A removable lid or tray is positioned at the top of the vessel. The tray or lid can function as a birdbath or flowerpot, adding a decorative adjunct to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Richard H. Sherburne
  • Patent number: 7685765
    Abstract: A plant support device includes a base that connects to a supporting post. The base may comprise a plate including a series of receptacles that connect to the supporting post and position the post in a generally vertical orientation. The receptacles may be formed as cups extending from the base, or as recesses formed into the base. The base may be releasably connected to the floor of a container such as a flowerpot or planter. The base may further include spacers capable of creating an aeration gap within the container. The base may also include slots that limit the rotation of the base when positioned within the container. The supporting post may be formed from a series of axially connectable pole sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: William W. Stevenson, III
  • Patent number: 7681355
    Abstract: A device for supporting a tree limb. The device includes a base having top and bottom surfaces for situating the device proximate to said tree limb. A telescoping pole having a longitudinal axis and first and second ends is provided, the first end being rotatably secured to the base. A coupling is included for varying the length of the telescoping pole. A support rod is affixed to the second end of the telescoping pole, the support rod being rotatable about the longitudinal axis. A U-shaped limb support member is fixedly appended to the support rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventors: Raymond Brown, Rose Brown, Diane Boudreau
  • Patent number: 7654473
    Abstract: A watering system that has first and second upright supports, a plurality of bendable water conduits and substantially rigid water channels and a first spray head is disclosed. Each of the first and second upright supports have substantially laterally oriented brackets dimensioned to releasably hold objects having a first outer diameter, including the bendable water conduits and substantially rigid water channels. The substantially rigid water channels each have a central body and left and right hose barbs in fluid relationship to one another through the central body. The central body has an aperture dimensioned to receive and mechanically engage the insertion end of the first spray head. The first spray head has a spray jet with a first water flow rate. The system may further include second and third spray heads with second and third water flow rates each different from each other and the first water flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Michael J. Hibberd
  • Publication number: 20100018114
    Abstract: A support for flower stalks includes a base and two tubes connected to the base. The base has two concavities defined in a bottom thereof and two protrusions upwardly extending from a top thereof. The concavities are adapted to be connected to a pot for assembling steadily. One end of each tube is mounted with a corresponding one of the protrusions. Each tube has a partial opening laterally defined therein for inserting the flower stalk into the tube. Each tune is divided into an upper portion and a lower portion by the partial opening. The upper portion is longer than the lower portion for supporting the flower stalk to prevent the flower from being bended or broken and the lower portion is mounted with the corresponding one of protrusions for securing the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Cheng-Kuang Yang
  • Publication number: 20100005715
    Abstract: A stake for insertion in soil to support an item such as a plant. The stake includes primary and secondary telescoping shafts and a foot adjustably secured to the primary shaft. The primary shaft has an upper end and a lower end. The lower end is configured for insertion into the soil at a first location. The foot has a supporting protrusion for insertion into the soil at a second location removed from the first location. Retractable ties are disposed within the secondary shaft and may be extended to support a plant. An adjustable collar may provide an anchor point for additional support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: ALLSOP, INC.
    Inventors: James D. Allsop, Eivind Clausen
  • Publication number: 20100005714
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting plants growing from the ground includes an elongated rigid pole with a plurality of axially-spaced apertures along much of the pole. Flexible cord ties are threaded in a spiral fashion through at least three apertures in the long wall of the elongated pole, and knots at the ends are tied around plant stems or branches thereby preventing disengagement from the holes and simultaneously supporting the plant. One end of the elongated pole is cut at an angle to the axis to form a point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: JOHN E. AIKEN