Ornamental Beds Patents (Class 47/33)
  • Patent number: 9739028
    Abstract: An irregular trapezoidal structural unit configured to be arranged with other like units in courses to form a structure comprises opposing upper and lower surfaces, opposing irregular front and rear faces, and irregular opposed side faces. The side faces each include a general S-shape mating section that are translated images of each other such that each side of the unit will mate with either side face of another like unit. The front and rear faces optionally include S-shaped mating sections that are translated images of each other. Structures are formed in courses by arranging units side to side along a line to form at least a first course, wherein adjacent side faces mate and interlock. Optionally, a second course is disposed laterally adjacent the first course wherein adjacent front and rear faces mate and interlock. Additional courses can be added on top of the other courses forming wall structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: KEYSTONE RETAINING WALL SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Thomas S. Riccobene, Robert A. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 9730395
    Abstract: Provided is a modular growing panel system for attaching vegetation to a surface of a structure. In one aspect, the modular growing panel system includes a growing substrate with a plurality of layers formed into a tile that is rigid and self-supportive of vegetation being grown in the growing substrate. A binder attaches one or more of the tiles to each other and forming the modular growing panel system. In another aspect, the modular growing panel system includes a growing substrate with a plurality of layers formed into a tile that is rigid and self-supportive of vegetation being grown in the growing substrate. A framework for holding and attaching one or more tiles to the structure includes an upper channel having a slot that corresponds to the depth of the tile and a lower channel also having a slot corresponding to the depth of the tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Gary R. Hartman
  • Patent number: 9702106
    Abstract: A prefabricated outdoor support pad is configured for transport from factory to field and above-grade installation on level ground to support a condenser or transformer. A flexible geosynthetic material is joined to the rigid platform along a perimeter and corners of the rigid platform. Upon installation, the geosynthetic material is inserted into the ground, forming an erosion-resisting barrier. Erosion control kits are also provided for outdoor condenser or transformer support pads. One type of the kit comprises a flexible geotextile soil retention barrier sized for attachment to the support pad and insertion into the ground and mechanical attachment members. Another type of the kit comprises a hard-walled ground-insertable soil retention barrier configured to wrap around soil under at least a corner of the support pad when the support pad is placed on grade and mechanical attachment members configured to attach the soil retention barrier to the support pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: J.F.R. ENTERPRISES INC.
    Inventor: Jay F. Rowland
  • Patent number: 9655308
    Abstract: A modular wall mounted agricultural system that includes a mounting structure having a first end, a second end, a fluid conduit extending longitudinally between the first end and the second end, and at least one longitudinally extending channel. The system further includes at least one planter box that is adapted to mount within the at least one channel of the mounting structure, and wherein the at least one planter box includes a plurality of sidewalls and a bottom wall that cooperate to form a compartment adapted to receive plant matter therein, the plurality of sidewalls cooperating to form an upwardly opening aperture adapted to receive a fluid from the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Hortech, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. MacKenzie
  • Patent number: 9615514
    Abstract: An edging border device for controlling growth of vegetation is disclosed. The device includes a material sheet that has one or more openings suitable for enabling the material sheet to contact a portion of an object present in the opening. The material sheet includes one or more extending portions that extend away from the opening. The extending sheet may have a decorative surface to compliment the appearance of the object present in an opening. An extending portion may be formed of anyone or more of permeable materials, impermeable materials or combinations thereof. An extending portion may include one or more agricultural control agents wherein the control agents include one or more of herbicidal agents, fungicidal agents, insecticidal agents and mixtures thereof. Permeable materials may include cellulosic materials such as wood and wood composites. Impermeable materials may be anyone or more of rubber, plastic, metal and mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nepa Innovations
    Inventors: Felix Nepa, Jeffrey Nepa, Paul Nepa
  • Patent number: 9578812
    Abstract: There is provided a curb for landscaping having a base portion, a cover portion, a curb front end and a curb rear end. The base portion has a top surface and a flat bottom surface. The cover portion has an outer surface and an inner surface. The base portion and the cover portion have front and rear edges, and these front edges are attached to define the curb front end. The cover portion overlies and extends above the base portion such that the rear edges are spaced apart. The curb rear end has one or more drainage openings above the top surface of the base portion, and the curb front end has one or more drainage outlets adjacent to and above the front edge of the base portion, the drainage outlets being in fluid communication with the drainage openings and permitting water to drain through the curb body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Jose M Moita
  • Patent number: 9549508
    Abstract: Stacked growing containers. The growing containers are stacked so that they are offset to each other in order to expose their corners to optimum light. Each growing container has a locking mechanism to ensure that the growing containers are locked into their correct offset position. Also each growing container has a drainage hole. A drainage container is positioned below the stack of growing containers and receives the excess water from the stack. Piping may be used to remove and redirect the excess water from the drainage container if required. In a preferred embodiment the growing containers are offset by 45 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher A Pence, Edmond Chung
  • Patent number: 9534800
    Abstract: Techniques described herein are generally related to a biofilter for living spaces. The biofilter may include an organic biofilter medium to serve as a growth base for both plants and one or more microbial colonies. Example embodiments include systems, articles, methods and apparatus, as well as other embodiments that are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Ezekiel Kruglick
  • Patent number: 9462755
    Abstract: A modular wall assembly for growing and promoting vegetative growth is disclosed. The assembly includes a frame and a growth media disposed within the frame. The growth media includes a wicking matrix, a first nutrient transfer matrix, a second nutrient transfer matrix, and a planting matrix. A modular wall system including a plurality of the modular wall assemblies is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: EcoWalls, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Coraggio, Ryan Burrows
  • Patent number: 9414550
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for providing a barrier that deters or prevents terrestrial molluscs, such as slugs and snails, from entering a garden or other vegetation area. A barrier may include an inverted channel, a portion of which forms a dry chamber configured to retain salt, rock salt, a salt-based mollusc deterrent, or other mollusc deterrents, poisons, and/or baits. Mesh may be used to retain the deterrent within the dry chamber. In various embodiments, a bead or other feature may help prevent liquids, such as water, from wicking into the dry chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Robert P. Chilton
  • Patent number: 9345199
    Abstract: An edger is provided that includes a cylindrically shaped attachment member that includes at least one tooth for interlocking relationship with another attachment member. The interlocking relationship prevents relative motion between the attached edgers. The edger further comprises a plurality of arcuate members that help support the wall against the restrained pavers and which provide stiffness to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Oldcastle Precast, Inc.
    Inventor: Reilly James Flynn
  • Patent number: 9307701
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention relate to systems and apparatus for incorporating live plants on support surfaces, such as walls, wall segments, and wall modules inside of a building. Such systems and apparatus can provide pleasing aesthetic and an improved environment for occupant of a space within the building. The modular living wall system also can reduce or eliminate the need for manual watering of the live plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: DIRTT Environmental Solutions, LTD
    Inventors: Geoff Gosling, Mogens F. Smed
  • Patent number: 9271449
    Abstract: A durable, versatile, reusable landscaping curb system includes a plurality of sectional housings, yieldably connectable by joining clips, a typical housing section having a substantially hollow body, a substantially horizontal face on the top of the housing, the horizontal face supported by two sides, the two sides being first and second substantially vertical faces, the first and second substantially vertical faces disposed in a parallel relationship with respect to each other. The joining clips comprising two clip halves that can be paired to provide connection of two housing sections, or a single clip half may be attached to a specialized housing component, such as a terminating end, a foundation interface, a driveway interface, a patio interface, or an utilities feed interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventors: Troy R Lane, Ronald T Thomsen
  • Patent number: 9267308
    Abstract: A tent includes: a tent main body portion that has an internal space forming sheet member that is able to form an internal space; and a snow filling portion that is provided around an outer circumferential surface of the internal space forming sheet member and in which snow is allowed to be filled, wherein the snow filling portion has a plurality of cells arranged adjacently to one another in a circumferential direction of the snow filling portion, and each of the cells is open at a top and a bottom of the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Masaaki Kojima
  • Patent number: 9232698
    Abstract: A lawn edging device having overlapping, alternating toe plates forming a base portion that covers a strip of soil. The toe plates are connected at proximal edges to a resilient, elongate backing strip, from which a plurality of ground insertion spikes depend downwardly. The device is may also be provided with a vertical edge-defining portion extending upwardly from the backing strip. Flexing or trimming notches of material being horizontal or vertical are made in the back or front surfaces of the backing strip or edge-defining portion providing changeable device dimensions and increasing flexion of the device for making custom lawn edging curves and angles without decreasing device strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Deidra Williams
  • Patent number: 9226457
    Abstract: A plant wall and module for growing plants is disclosed in which the plant wall and module provide for the controlled delivery of water and nutrients to plants located on the plant wall and module. The plant wall may include a matrix of modules, each module filled with an inert growing medium. The inert growing medium preferably includes openings in which plants are secured and from which plants can grow from the growing medium. An irrigation system delivers water and nutrients to each module and may be removed and replaced from the plant wall without removal of the irrigation system. In addition, a drainage channel, such as a rear drainage channel, is formed so that excess water may exit from the modules. Capillary breaks may also be provided within the growing medium of each module to aid in the distribution of water and nutrients throughout the growing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Biotecture, IP LLC
    Inventors: Mark Laurence, Richard Alexander Sabin
  • Patent number: 9206561
    Abstract: A method of installing an edging system for a unit pavement system includes inserting a main body section of a plate-like stake in a generally horizontal direction underneath at least one paver unit of the plurality of paver units and into a granular material layer upon which the unit pavement system is supported. The method further includes positioning a vertical section of an edge restraint under a horizontal cap section of the plate-like stake such that the vertical section of the edge restraint is arranged parallel to a vertical section of the plate-like stake and underneath a horizontal cap section of the plate-like stake. The method also includes driving a fastener into a ground surface until the fastener engages a horizontal section of the edge restraint. A plate-like stake including a main body section and a clip, which is separate from the main body section, is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: James A. Alfieri, III
  • Patent number: 9113601
    Abstract: A structure to grow plants including a fence, a fabric attached to the fence to form a fence-fabric combination shaped as a pillar with an enclosed area, and a growing material filled in the enclosed area, and a method for creating a structure to grow plants by providing a fencing material and a fabric, attaching the fabric to the fencing material to form a fence-fabric combination, shaping the fence-fabric combination into a pillar with an enclosed area, and filling the enclosed area with a growing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Can PA Love
    Inventor: Benjamin Franz Friton
  • Patent number: 9109337
    Abstract: Provided is a landscape edging system comprising runs having a profile comprising a base, front edge and, in some embodiments, a leading edge, as well as a first specialized region, and optionally one or two additional specialized regions which can permit easy mowing up to the forward most edge of the edging, and can prevent lawn mower blade damage to the edging. In a preferred embodiment, the runs are comprised of shredded rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Novel Ideas, Inc.
    Inventor: John Wink
  • Patent number: 9043960
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for connecting two segments of commercial landscape edging. Typically, landscape edging has a cylindrical portion that sits on or above the ground and a panel that inserts into the ground. A connector can be used to link together pieces of edging to form a continuous edge. In embodiments, a connector includes a body that can be inserted into the cylindrical portion of two pieces of landscape edging. The connector can include a ridge and a tab that extends from the body, such that when the body is inserted into the cylindrical portion of edging, the tab is adjacent to the panels of edging. One or more fasteners can be used to attach the edging panels to the tab of the connector, joining two pieces of edging via the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ballard
  • Publication number: 20150089864
    Abstract: A raised bed garden system has a plurality of panels that can be designed in any size and shape. The panels can be pre-formed in various sizes and can be joined together by various types of couplings to make larger sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Peter B. Aronow
  • Patent number: 8955251
    Abstract: A raised border system is disclosed. The system includes one or more brackets that secures at least one beam in position using at least one anchor stake to create a variety of edging systems. The brackets include nubs that can be inserted into the brackets without the use of tools and are sized and shaped to securely engage a beam in a manner such that the force required to assemble the beams is relatively small and is well exceeded by the force required to disengage the beam from the bracket. While the nubs obviate the need for traditional fasteners or tools, the border system is still compatible with traditional fasteners affording the user a wide variety of options during construction. The system is also universally compatible with a variety of beam materials and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Vegherb, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Topping
  • Publication number: 20150013218
    Abstract: A fence post base featuring a circumferential disc that provides a larger ground coverage area than that of the fence post itself is disclosed. The disc prevents weeds and grass from growing immediately adjacent to the fence post by cutting off sunlight to the relevant area of ground. Since the expanded disc sits at or immediately above the ground, it may be ridden over by a standard lawnmower, allowing the mower's cutting parts to reach all areas of grass and weeds without the need for an edging mower or clipper. The device may be made for a variety of fence posts and may feature a slit to all for the device to expand and contract in extreme temperatures without breaking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Wanta
  • Publication number: 20140290132
    Abstract: A landscape edging system uses a series of holes placed at even intervals vertically and horizontally creating two rows of holes along straight pieces of edging, one row along the top and another along the bottom of the edging. The purpose of these holes is to allow runs of edging to be fastened together which then function as one longer piece. The manufacturing of the edging also includes corner/end pieces, shorter pieces of edging for bracing, and edging stakes. The edging pieces are fastened using any standard type of rivets. The edging system of the present invention can be bent easily into virtually any design or simply used for straight borders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Michael R.A. Bent
  • Patent number: 8839552
    Abstract: Gardening system includes a raised garden bed, the raised garden bed including a garden box having a soil retaining area for plantings. Garden box includes side walls detachably attached together at adjacent free ends forming a corner. A weed barrier provided which extends between the front, back, left, and right side walls of the garden box, and is located at a lower portion of garden box below the soil-retaining area, and weed barrier extends up the side walls up to the height of the side walls. A sprinkler system with sprinklers is provided and can be coupled to a garden hose. Rods are provided having a length the same as the height of the side walls, for holding the garden box together and so that the garden system can be placed on a non-soil surface, such as a deck or the gardener's roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Glory Gardens, LLC
    Inventor: Michelle Hudson
  • Publication number: 20140259902
    Abstract: An improved landscape edging system is described. The landscape edging system includes an edge piece having a first end and a second end, the edge piece having a substantially vertical wall and a base, the base comprising a first footing at the first end and a second footing at the second end, the first footing being spaced apart from the second footing, the first and second footings having a stake opening, the first end having an inwardly stepped section on the wall and a stepped up section on the base. A method of installing the landscape edging system is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: KEYSTONE RETAINING WALL SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Friederichs, Thomas S. Riccobene
  • Patent number: 8832995
    Abstract: A system for providing a barrier and redirecting the growth of grass away from concrete, walkways, patios and material typically found in a landscape. The system is comprised of a single sheet of extruded polyethylene having three members. The main member is inserted orthogonally to the surface of the ground, and has two members extruded away from it as some angle. The anchor member is part of the main member, and is inserted in the ground to provide support for the barrier. The surface member extends at some angle with respect to the main member into one edge of the landscape. The surface member extends into one edge of the material to provide a barrier between different types of landscape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Stratios Kalamaris
  • Patent number: 8826588
    Abstract: A tree and plant watering system relating to improved transfer of water to trees and plants (both new and existing) is provided. The system comprises soil penetrators, soil anchors, and area extenders to enhance water capacity and to provide ease of water transfer to root systems. Additionally, the system provides plant growth ladders to assist upward plant growth and root apertures to assist root growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Macshappie Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. MacKichan, Thomas Bernard Shappie
  • Publication number: 20140208643
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a barrier for at least partially surrounding a planted area for repelling gastropods such as slugs. The barrier has a wall arrangement and a ledge extending away from the wall arrangement. The ledge has a plurality of downwardly extending elements. The barrier is disposed over ground around a planted area to be protected from gastropods. The wall arrangement and the downwardly extending elements of the ledge are operative to repel gastropods and thereby reduce the likelihood of their reaching the planted area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: MOLLUSKIT LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael INGLIS, David William ROSS
  • Publication number: 20140208644
    Abstract: A unique garden-border system, for sealing the soil and water inside a garden bed, for anchoring a garden bed on a slope, and for forming a staircase-like garden bed on a slope, comprises garden-bed strips having staircase-forming openings and swing-preventing teeth stamped therein, gap-eliminating couplers having slanted-stake tunnels and strip recesses molded therein for coupling the garden-bed strips, multi-function locking pins for locking the garden-bed strips to the gap-eliminating couplers at desired angles and elevations, and anti-sliding V-shaped stakes having underground-interlocking anchors molded thereon for being inserted through the slanted-stake tunnels of the gap-eliminating couplers, to form desired shapes and elevations of the unique garden-border system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: DEE VOLIN
  • Publication number: 20140123553
    Abstract: A garden shelter comprises a housing body and a plurality of fastening portions. The housing body is formed with a first section and a second section from the top down, and whose intersection between the first and second sections is formed with a plurality of fastening portions, wherein a height of the first section is H1, and a height of the second section is H2. One end of each fastening component is disposed with a pressing ring corresponding to the fastening portions while another end is a rod body. The length of the rod body is L, and 0.15 (H1+H2)<L<0.3 (H1+H2). The housing body is mounted on a ground through the fastening components. The rod body must go deep into an effective depth D, and 0.75 L<D<0.99 L. The garden shelter is provided for encapsulating a water faucet or a fire hydrant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: MOSPEN PRODUCTS COMPANY
    Inventor: CHASON YEN
  • Publication number: 20140041293
    Abstract: A landscaping system and apparatus in which a substantially vertical flexible spine member is associated with a plurality of horizontal platform members and substantially vertical lower boundary members, which in conjunction with a bridge to cover gaps between neighboring platforms form a strip on an interior side of a bedding boundary on which lawn care equipment may pass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas N. Kellogg
  • Publication number: 20140026476
    Abstract: A landscaping device is disclosed that provides users with an easily assembled decorative lawn or landscaping barrier. The landscaping device comprises a plurality of elongated members secured together in various configurations. The elongated members comprise a center portion, a first end portion, and a second end portion, with each end portion extending from the center portion. Furthermore, the first end portion of one elongated member is attachable to the second end portion of a second elongated member and can be secured via a stake. Specifically, the first end portion comprises an overlapping segment, and the second end portion comprises an opposing overlapping segment which mates with the overlapping segment of the first end portion to secure the elongated members together. A stake is then driven into the end portions to secure the elongated members to the surface. Once secure, the elongated members are substantially flush with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: John David Murphy
  • Publication number: 20130340332
    Abstract: An ornamental planter device that is used for decorating lawns and gardens. In various embodiments, it includes a colorful flower, bird and insect, each fastened on the end of a stake. Each has a planter on the back so a gardener may plant their choice of flower. A detachable screw is screwed in the ground and each stake is attached with a secure fastener. The stake is easy to unfasten for mowing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Dell Culver
  • Publication number: 20130312323
    Abstract: An edging guide may include an anchor and a retainer that may be rotatably mounted to the anchor. The anchor may be buried in the ground during use and may include a post portion and a support portion. The retainer may be rotatably mounted to the support of the anchor and may function to secure hold one or more lengths of edging material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Lars Rosaen
  • Publication number: 20130255148
    Abstract: A non-cylindrical planting bed in rectangular, square or oval configuration for containing plant growth media and plants. The bed has a bottom wall, an exterior side wall, and either one or two semi-cylindrical walls inside and secured to the outer wall, or two cylindrical walls either wholly inside or having a portion forming a portion of the exterior side wall for strengthening of the bed. In forms having two cylindrical or two semi-cylindrical inner walls, cross walls may extend across the bed between straight side wall portions of the side wall to strengthen the straight side wall portions against outward displacement when the bed is filled with plant growth media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Barry D. SETZER
  • Publication number: 20130239473
    Abstract: A system for providing a barrier and redirecting the growth of grass away from concrete, walkways, patios and material typically found in a landscape. The system is comprised of a single sheet of extruded polyethylene having three members. The main member is inserted orthogonally to the surface of the ground, and has two members extruded away from it as some angle. The anchor member is part of the main member, and is inserted in the ground to provide support for the barrier. The surface member extends at some angle with respect to the main member into one edge of the landscape. The surface member extends into one edge of the material to provide a barrier between different types of landscape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Stratios Kalamaris
  • Patent number: 8528249
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a main portion, a connector and a receptacle. The main portion may have a top, a first side, a second side and a bottom. The connector may be rigidly positioned to extend from the main portion near said first side. The receptacle may be positioned within the main portion near the second side. The connector may be configured to lock into a second receptacle having a similar configuration as said first receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Brian W. Kao
  • Publication number: 20130219784
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include devices and systems that provide a landscape edging assembly and system. In particular, for example, the landscape edging assembly can comprise a first portion, a second portion, and a barrier. The first portion and the second portion are configured to interface with each other in a way that secures the barrier directly to the first portion and the second portion. The barrier can then be situated to create a barrier for roots underground, while the first portion and second portion can be situated to form the aesthetic portion of the edging assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey Evan Larsen
  • Patent number: 8499491
    Abstract: A landscape edging system has edging strip material with ends having a laterally extending projection and adapted for overlapping relation when assembled and having end edges disposed in edge to edge relation. A stake clip member is mounted to each of the laterally extending projections and defines a stake receptacle. An installation stake extends through the vertically aligned stake receptacles and secures the end portions of adjacent strips of landscape edging material in said overlapping edge to edge relation and supports the landscape edging strip material in upright position. The installation stake and stake receptacles have interacting wedge shaped geometry that locks the ends of the strip material in assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Joel W. Bolin
  • Patent number: 8490359
    Abstract: An assembly of blocks for use in yard and garden environments includes a plurality of discrete blocks each having a body portion and a joining portion, the joining portion having a plurality of angled teeth. The teeth of a first one of the plurality of blocks interlock with the teeth of a second one of the plurality of blocks such that the first and second blocks are connected together and arranged perpendicular relative to one another so that the plurality of blocks has an L-shaped configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Joan M. Perotti, Mark C. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20130160359
    Abstract: A structure of a planting bed includes at least a work platform, a plurality of first and second supporting rods, a sliding track and an image capture apparatus. The first work platform is disposed on a work plane for supporting a plurality of plants. The first supporting rods each extend in a first direction. The second supporting rods are disposed on the work plane and around the work platform to support the work platform on the work plane, and each are connected to two adjacent first supporting rods. The sliding track is disposed on a monitoring plane and extends in a second direction. The sliding structure extends in a third direction and an end thereof is disposed on the sliding track. The image capture apparatus is installed to the sliding structure for capturing images at different positions on the work platform while the sliding structure is being driven to slide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Ta-Te Lin, Wan-Lin Hu, Chang-Chih Liu, Tai-Hsien Ou-Yang, Tsung-Cheng Lai
  • Patent number: 8464464
    Abstract: An edging guide may include an anchor and a retailer that may be rotatably mounted to the anchor. The anchor may be buried in the ground during use and may include a post portion and a support portion. The retailer may be rotatably mounted to the support of the anchor and may function to secure hold one or more lengths of edging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Lars Rosaen
  • Publication number: 20130074401
    Abstract: An enclosure including at least one elongate, substantially planar wall member and at least one post member having at least one each channel, each at least one wall member having an edge which fits into at least one edge channel, the edge of the wall member having a plurality of spaced apart projections which extend from each side of the wall member, the edge channel having a pair of spaced apart, substantially parallel flanges between which the edge of a wall member is received and an abutment shoulder on at least one of the substantially parallel flanges in order to engage the projections on the wall member to allow passage thereof in a first direction but prevent passage in a second, opposite direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Scholtes Family Holdings Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kevin Forno
  • Publication number: 20130047501
    Abstract: A device that provides a protective barrier along the immediate perimeter of a dwelling impeding the germination of unwanted vegetation, entry points for rodents and water infiltration. The barrier comprises distinct sections having both male and female interlocking mechanisms capable of maintaining a secure bond, thereby increasing the structural integrity of the feature as a whole. Two profiles are created to meet the desired need of a homeowner. The first produces a horizontal walkway while the second forms an L-shaped figure providing an area to showcase landscaping materials such as dirt, mulch, flowers and shrubs. Both forms are fabricated from inexpensive and lightweight materials aiding in ease of installation when compared to current masonry products available that replicate similar features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Brian Buck
  • Patent number: 8381436
    Abstract: A self watering system to water the roots of the vegetation with condensate from ground moisture collected within a condensate enclosure comprising an outer substantially vertical peripheral wall, an inner substantially vertical wall and an upper wall having at least two substantially flat sections inclined relative to each other and intersecting the upper portion of the outer substantially vertical wall and the upper portion of the inner substantially vertical wall at different angles each of less than ninety degrees to cooperatively form the condensate enclosure to collect moisture from the ground on the inner surface of the substantially flat sections to allow the moisture to condense into droplets to provide water to roots of the vegetation within the condensate enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: J. Robert Harley
  • Publication number: 20130025194
    Abstract: A landscape edging system is disclosed in which the landscape edging system comprises a plurality of blocks for forming a edging with each of the blocks comprising a back face that is configured to be placed against a raised area, a bottom face for placement on the ground, an elevated top portion, a lower top portion, an elevated front face between the elevated top portion and the lower top portion, a lower side front face, a right elevated side face, a right lower side face having a tongue portion extending out from the right lower side face, a left elevated side face, a left lower side face having a groove portion formed in the left lower side face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Adam
  • Publication number: 20130025195
    Abstract: A boundary wall for framing beds, hotbeds, boundaries in gardens and green areas that includes construction elements configured for connection to each other. Each construction element includes a base body with projecting end sections having connection elements configured to support coupling elements. The connection elements also receive by form-fit at least one reinforcing coupling element which thereby connect the construction elements to each other and/or with other construction elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Heinrich W├╝ster
  • Publication number: 20120311927
    Abstract: A landscape edging system has edging strip material with ends having a laterally extending projection and adapted for overlapping relation when assembled and having end edges disposed in edge to edge relation. A stake clip member is mounted to each of the laterally extending projections and defines a stake receptacle. An installation stake extends through the vertically aligned stake receptacles and secures the end portions of adjacent strips of landscape edging material in said overlapping edge to edge relation and supports the landscape edging strip material in upright position. The installation stake and stake receptacles have interacting wedge shaped geometry that locks the ends of the strip material in assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Joel W. Bolin
  • Patent number: RE44055
    Abstract: A garden bed assembly and extensions therefor is disclosed. The garden bed assembly includes at least one raised garden starter module containing suitable planting soil or other growing media for plants and may be extended using one or more extender modules, such as straight extender modules and/or corner extender modules. The assembly as disclosed herein includes one or more modules defining the planter. The front section of the starter module and the straight extender module may include a rotatable upper portion to provide convenient access to the plants. Each module section may have a substantially imperforate lower portion and a perforate upper portion prohibiting unwanted creatures such as gophers, rabbits and other animals from gaining access to the growing plants in the garden bed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Modular Merchants, Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa R. Singer, Steven A. Singer