Sheet Of Plants (e.g., Roof-top Garden) Patents (Class 47/65.9)
  • Patent number: 9788495
    Abstract: A grow plant enclosure to maximize plant density for a given growing area has a perimeter frame, a first pane, and a second pane. The first pane is adjacently connected to the perimeter frame, while the second pane is removably attached to the perimeter frame opposite the first pane to form a hollow enclosure. A plurality of plug holder openings traverses through the first pane, and optionally the second pane, being designed to receive a plurality of plant holders for growing various plant types. A plurality of supply tubes traverse into the perimeter frame through a plurality of supply tube openings and each have a plurality of spray nozzles to deliver nutrient solution to the root zone of the plants retained in the plurality of plant holders. Excess nutrient solution is released through a drain fixture positioned about the bottom of the perimeter frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: INDOOR FARMS OF AMERICA, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Martin, Ronald R. Evans
  • Patent number: 9670635
    Abstract: A modular precipitation or rain water retention system having one or more interconnected reservoir retention modules that cooperate to manage effluent from a precipitation event. At least some of the modules are configured to retain an initial amount of rainfall and then meter out the rain water. Each module has one or more frustoconical support structures joined by hollow interconnecting ribs that create a reservoir so that within each reservoir, wells are defined for rainwater retention. At least some of the frustoconical support structures have tops that may underlie a secondary system such as a green layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Viconic Sporting LLC
    Inventors: Joel M. Cormier, Richard F. Audi, Donald S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9631328
    Abstract: A sports field comprises a base structure and a cover. The cover is at least partly permeable to fluid, especially water. The base structure comprises voids for containing fluid. The base structure forms a substantially continuous deck supporting the cover. The cover comprises or is formed by an artificial sports layer, such as artificial grass. At least a number of the voids are in fluid communication with each other. Wick elements are provided fluidly connecting at least a number of the voids with the cover for supplying fluid from the voids to the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Permavoid Limited
    Inventors: Carolus Hermanus van Raam, Andrew Bryan Shuttleworth, Paul David Culleton
  • Patent number: 9565805
    Abstract: A green roof modular system includes at least four planter modules each including a planter including a bottom wall and a plurality of sidewalls that cooperate with the bottom wall to form an interior space, and a biodegradable insert including a plurality of sidewalls that cooperate with one another to form an interior space, wherein the insert is adapted to retain a plant matter in the interior space of the insert, the plurality of sidewalls of the insert extending above the plurality of sidewalls of the planter, and wherein the plurality of the sidewalls of the insert are adapted to retain a plant matter that extends above the plurality of sidewalls of the planter, such that one of the planter modules abuts each of the remaining three planter modules and substantially no gap exists between the abutting planter modules in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Hortech, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. MacKenzie
  • Patent number: 9565807
    Abstract: Embodiments include but are not limited to modular living wall systems. A module of a modular living wall system may include a frame including a plurality of rails, each rail coupled to another rail by their respective ends, and a fabric arrangement mounted onto the frame and including a first fabric and a second fabric overlaying the first fabric, wherein the first fabric is a hydrophilic mat, and wherein the second fabric includes at least one opening exposing the first fabric and configured to receive a plant. The living wall system includes integrated irrigation. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: VeraWall, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Heather
  • Patent number: 9357714
    Abstract: Method for the floating cultivation of a plant, in which, in a first stage of growth, the roots of the plant are kept at a distance from a water supply situated underneath the plant. The supply of moisture to the plant can be effected via the intermediate space between the float for the plant and the water supply and from the top side of the plant. As the plant develops further, the root system grows in the direction of the water supply and, in a second stage of growth, the vast majority of the water requirement is satisfied directly by the water supply. This is achieved by way of a panel which floats on the water supply and is provided with holes for accommodating the plant. This panel may be provided with recesses which are closed at their top sides and reduce the area of contact with the water and provide closed chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: CULTIVATION SYSTEMS B.V.
    Inventors: Maurice Cornelis Antonius Van Der Knaap, Christiaan Silvester Noordam
  • Patent number: 9125348
    Abstract: An ecological mobile container includes a heat preservation layer, a drainage groove, a water storage layer, a root resistance layer, a drainage filter layer, a water transport pipe and enclosure panels. The water storage layer, the root resistance layer and the drainage filter layer sequentially stack on the heat preservation layer. The enclosure panels buckle on the top of a side frame of the water storage layer and form an open containing space. The water transport pipe inserts into the side frame along two diagonal through holes of the side frame. Because of the automatic drip irrigation system (the water transport pipe) through the middle of the container, the container can replenish water automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: SHANGHAI ZHONGHUI ECO-TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sizheng Ke
  • Patent number: 9015992
    Abstract: A prevegetated blanket is formed, grown, and transported to an installation site in a tray specifically suited for this purpose. Growth in a tray system offers an improved and protected root system and provides for ease of transport and installation. The tray has side walls and a t-grid floor to permit growth of the blanket. The tray also has interlocking capabilities for nestable or non-nestable stacking. After growth in a controlled environment, the prevegetated blanket with the tray is transferred to a specific site and installed immediately after soil is prepared. Due to the tray design, the product is light weight and facilitates ease of handling with minimal disturbance of the root structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Robert E. Livingston
  • Patent number: 8997399
    Abstract: Vegetative systems are described. In one embodiment, a vegetative system has substantially distinct or separate zones or layers in which each zone or layer performs primarily one of the functions of water retention, a growth medium for vegetation, and weed suppression. An upper may comprise coarse aggregate and serve the primary function of weed suppression; a middle layer may comprise a mixture of coarse aggregate, fine aggregate, and fine organic material and serve primarily as a growth medium for vegetation; and a lower layer may comprise high-density hygroscopic material and serve the primary function of water retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Furbish Company, LLC
    Inventors: Ben Jacob Eiben, Michael D. Furbish, Brad Collier Garner
  • Patent number: 8844194
    Abstract: Vegetative systems are described. In one embodiment, a vegetative system has substantially distinct or separate zones or layers in which each zone or layer performs primarily one of the functions of water retention, a growth medium for vegetation, and weed suppression. An upper may comprise coarse aggregate and serve the primary function of weed suppression; a middle layer may comprise a mixture of coarse aggregate, fine aggregate, and fine organic material and serve primarily as a growth medium for vegetation; and a lower layer may comprise high-density hygroscopic material and serve the primary function of water retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Furbish Company, LLC
    Inventors: Ben Jacob Eiben, Michael D. Furbish, Brad Collier Garner
  • Publication number: 20140259915
    Abstract: Vegetative systems are described. In one embodiment, a vegetative system has substantially distinct or separate zones or layers in which each zone or layer performs primarily one of the functions of water retention, a growth medium for vegetation, and weed suppression. An upper may comprise coarse aggregate and serve the primary function of weed suppression; a middle layer may comprise a mixture of coarse aggregate, fine aggregate, and fine organic material and serve primarily as a growth medium for vegetation; and a lower layer may comprise high-density hygroscopic material and serve the primary function of water retention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Furbish Company, LLC
    Inventors: Ben Jacob EIBEN, Michael D. FURBISH, Brad Collier GARNER
  • Publication number: 20140250782
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a roof growth system, comprising: at least one holder-like container (6) for placing on a roof (3, 5) and having a growth substrate (18) therein during use; a connection (11, 12) for arranging the container on the roof at least during use, further comprising: at least one conduit (17) to be connected at least to a liquid source; and an irrigation (8) which is associated with the holder-like container and which can be connected at least to the conduit, wherein the connection comprises an engagement (22, 23) formed on or between an outer side of a side wall of the container and the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: VISSER 'S-GRAVENDEEL HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Frans Taco Visser, Andries Van Der Stoel
  • Patent number: 8800203
    Abstract: A planting container body (1) has a bottom wall (3) and side walls (4) forming a planting space (2) and also has a water-holding section for holding planting water supplied to the planting space (2). The water-holding section has a water discharge opening (12) for overflow. In a horizontal position (A) in which the planting space (2) opens upward, the bottom wall (3) and the side walls (4) form a horizontal water-holding section for holding planting water. In a vertical position in which the planting space (2) opens sideways, a vertical water-holding section for holding planting water is formed by the bottom wall (3), side walls (4), and a dam section (8) formed facing the bottom wall (3) on the side wall (4) that is the bottom surface. A water discharge start section of the water discharge opening (12) is located at a position a predetermined distance away from the bottom wall (3) and a predetermined distance away from a side wall (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Suntory Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Masaki Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20140208646
    Abstract: A green roof planter module includes a planter including a bottom wall, a plurality of sidewalls each including an upper portion and a lower portion, wherein the bottom wall and the plurality of sidewalls cooperate with one another to form an interior space, and a biodegradable collar member extending upwardly from at least a select one of the biodegradable sidewalls, wherein at least a portion of the collar member is in-molded within the upper portion of at least one of the sidewalls, and wherein the collar member is adapted to retain a plant matter that extends above the plurality of sidewalls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Hortech, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. MacKenzie
  • Patent number: 8728596
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to packaging materials for packaging articles. The packaging materials may include a substratum with a printed pattern disposed thereon that provides a grass-like appearance, and/or the packaging materials may include a plurality of individual strips, strands, or units of material bondably connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Wanda M. Weder & William F. Straeter
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 8707618
    Abstract: A green roof planter module includes a planter including a bottom wall, a plurality of sidewalls each including an upper portion and a lower portion, wherein the bottom wall and the plurality of sidewalls cooperate with one another to form an interior space, and a biodegradable collar member extending upwardly from at least a select one of the biodegradable sidewalls, wherein at least a portion of the collar member is in-molded within the upper portion of at least one of the sidewalls, and wherein the collar member is adapted to retain a plant matter that extends above the plurality of sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hortech, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. MacKenzie
  • Patent number: 8701345
    Abstract: A greening system is disclosed for enabling plants/vegetation to grow only with natural rainfall, enabling a garden to be constructed on building rooftops, minimizing the applicable loads on the building and risk of leakage. Planting container 1 comprises box 2 with stickers 3 to carry perforated partition panel 4. The lower half of the container is constituted as water storage 5, and drain holes 6 are opened on sides of the container. Soil layer 7 placed on partition panel 4 is formed of light woody soil-based on charcoal 9 and humus timber chips for absorbing moisture transported from the water 8 stored in water storage 5 by evaporation or difference in humidity, to increase water capacity and reduce amount of water evaporating into the air. Charcoal 9 absorbs water from the air inside the lower half of the container to water the plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Kawada Construction Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Furumura, Toshiaki Fukuhara, Shinichi Kawada
  • Publication number: 20140026480
    Abstract: A water collection tray for vegetative and non-vegetative rooftop systems includes sidewalls, a bottom, and an open top that defines an interior region. A water separation barrier located in the interior region between the bottom and the top has multiple openings through which water admitted to the tray enters a water collector. A drain opening out of the tray from the water collector and in fluid communication with a water flow regulator causes all of the water flowing out of the drain to pass through the water flow regulator. Multiple water collection trays configured in an interlocking system provide for attenuation of rainfall to reduce peak flows of stormwater runoff from rooftops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: James H. Lenhart, JR., Timothy J. Nash
  • Patent number: 8627597
    Abstract: The system is based on placing on the façade a suitably anchored metal structure to which is fixed a plastic panel supporting geomesh layers that constitute support for the plants. At the top of these geomesh layers drip irrigation nozzles are arranged, supplied by a water recirculation pipe, and excess water is collected in a channel, which is then filtered, analysed, supplemented with fertilizer and acids, all under computer control. There is also the option to empty the recirculation circuit and add new water treated by reverse osmosis from a tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Ignacio Solano Cabello
  • Publication number: 20140000161
    Abstract: A green-roof planter assembly includes a first planter module and a second planter module each including a bottom wall and a plurality of side walls that cooperate with the bottom wall to form an interior space of the respective planter module, at least a pair of the plurality of sidewalls of each of the modules cooperate to form a corner therebetween having a length extending therealong, and wherein each of the planter modules includes a relief located along a length of the respective corner. The planter assembly further includes a coupler member removably received within the release of each of the planter modules, thereby inhibiting vertical movement of each of the planter modules with respect to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: David S. MacKenzie
  • Publication number: 20130333285
    Abstract: Described herein is a module for covering a surface with vegetation. The module comprises a drainage board having an upper surface for supporting a growth medium. The drainage board has a plurality of moisture receptacles extending downwardly from the upper surface for collecting moisture. The module also comprises a plurality of sidewalls having a multiplicity of apertures therethrough. Each sidewall is coupled to the drainage board and extends upwardly therefrom. The sidewalls cooperate with each other so as to provide a perimeter for surrounding the growth medium. The module may also include other features. For example, the sidewalls may be pivotally coupled to the drainage board (e.g. along a living hinge), the module may include couplers for securing adjacent modules together, the sidewalls may include a reinforcing rib, the drainage board may include an opening for receiving an irrigation nozzle therein, and there may be edging for covering the sidewalls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicants: Green Innovations Ltd., Bioroof Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Buist, Walter A. Hermann
  • Patent number: 8607527
    Abstract: An ecological greening wall and a construction method thereof are provided. The ecological greening wall comprises a plurality of fixed poles (2) arranged at intervals on the ground (1), and a reinforcement (3) with openings is fixedly connected between the fixed poles (2) and arranged along the fixed poles (2) in a vertical direction. Stacked vegetation bags (4) for greening are provided on at least one side of the reinforcement (3), and each includes a breathable and permeable bag body (41) and a vegetation base material (42) filled in the bag body (41). The bag body (41) and the reinforcement (3) are fixedly connected together by a reinforcing wall (6) so as to form a whole body by the reinforcing wall (6), the reinforcement (3) and the vegetation bag (4). The ecological greening wall has a simple and firm structure, and it is easy to be constructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Yushun Chang
  • Patent number: 8555545
    Abstract: A vegetative roof system includes modules for holding growth media in which plants can grow. The modules can communicate with each other, sharing moisture/nutrients, increasing airflow to enhance plant respiration, allowing soil-borne animals/insects to travel between modules, etc. A rooting channel and/or a scalloped sidewall allow the roots of plants in the module to extend to adjacent modules. Alignment notches in sidewalls facilitate alignment of rooting channels between adjacent modules. Vertical zones help facilitate placement of abutting modules flush with each other. The rooting channels may be formed at the vertical zones to enhance continuity between and among modules. Sheet inserts can control rooting between modules and restrict undesired spillage through rooting channels (temporarily if biodegradable). Module inserts help control the quantity and depth of growth media, affecting module weight and rooting levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: American Builders & Contractors Supply Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt T. Fischer, Thomas M. Hanzely, Kathy M. Baumann, Timothy McFarland, Darran Sellers
  • Patent number: 8555546
    Abstract: A modular planting system for roof applications includes a plurality of green roof planter modules each comprising a planter including a bottom wall and a plurality of sidewalls that cooperate with the bottom wall to form an interior space, and a biodegradable insert including a bottom wall and a plurality of sidewalls that cooperate with the bottom wall to form an interior space, wherein the insert is adapted to retain a plant matter in the interior space of the insert, the plurality of sidewalls of the insert extend above the plurality of sidewalls of the planter, and wherein the plurality of sidewalls of the insert are adapted to retain a plant matter that extends above the plurality of sidewalls of the planter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Hortech, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. MacKenzie
  • Publication number: 20130239476
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a green roof system that includes a tray or array of trays designed to work in a drip irrigation system. The tray frame preferably has an open bottom covered by a filter fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Molly Meyer
  • Patent number: 8516744
    Abstract: A modular unit, system and method include a base layer having a plurality of reservoirs configured to prevent water flow through a lower portion, the lower portion for contacting a support surface, and having interlocking portions configured to interlock adjacent base layers when installed. A water permeable layer is disposed over the base layer. A detachable wall is mountable on the base layer to contain planting media. The water permeable layer may include a water-holding capillary fabric mat layer with entangled filaments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Metro Green Visions, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Dubner
  • Publication number: 20130212941
    Abstract: An interlocking roof tray adapted for placement on a roof surface and including a bottom surface and sidewalls defining an interior region of the tray. A dovetail projection extends outwardly away from the interior region in one sidewall, and a dovetail recess extends inwardly into the interior region in a sidewall opposite the dovetail projection. An interlocking roof tray assembly is formed from a plurality of the roof trays. Adjacent interlocking roof trays are secured together by dovetail joints formed form the dovetail projections and dovetail recesses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Firestone Building Products Co, LLC
  • Patent number: 8495833
    Abstract: A device for decorative purposes, for the vertical cultivation of plants, includes: i) a cultivation support containing a cultivation substrate, and having holes on the front face thereof for the opening out of the above-ground part of the plants, ii) a rigid frame extending in a substantially vertical plane, defining a window in the front face of the cultivation support, and iii) a water reservoir, the cultivation support being placed over the water reservoir, and including at least one hydrophilic wick extending from the cultivation substrate to the water reservoir tank. The cultivation support is hydrated by a continuous supply of water by one or more hydrophilic wicks immersed in the reservoir. It may include an internal framework to give it rigidity and to prevent settling of the substrate in the lower part of the support. A method for obtaining such a plant box is also claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Thomas Fleurs SA
    Inventors: David Cussol, Paul Milhau
  • Patent number: 8479443
    Abstract: A green roof module for covering a portion of a roofing surface with vegetation, includes a tray for containing a growing medium and vegetation, a permeable membrane, and a drainage board The tray has a biodegradable bottom and a plurality of upwardly extending biodegradable walls about the perimeter of the biodegradable bottom The biodegradable bottom is configured so that water received within the tray can pass therethrough The permeable membrane is provided below the biodegradable bottom, and is sized and shaped so as to span the biodegradable bottom and configured to allow water to pass therethrough while inhibiting the growing medium from passing therethrough The drainage board is provided below the permeable membrane opposite the biodegradable bottom, and has an upper surface for supporting the biodegradable bottom and being surrounded by a plurality of edges The drainage board is configured so that at least some of the water passing through the permeable membrane and received on the drainage board will
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Bioroof Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Richard J. Buist
  • Publication number: 20130167440
    Abstract: A vegetative roof system includes modules for holding growth media in which plants can grow. The modules can communicate with each other, sharing moisture/nutrients, increasing airflow to enhance plant respiration, allowing soil-borne animals/insects to travel between modules, etc. A rooting channel and/or a scalloped sidewall allow the roots of plants in the module to extend to adjacent modules. Alignment notches in sidewalls facilitate alignment of rooting channels between adjacent modules. Vertical zones help facilitate placement of abutting modules flush with each other. The rooting channels may be formed at the vertical zones to enhance continuity between and among modules. Sheet inserts can control rooting between modules and restrict undesired spillage through rooting channels (temporarily if biodegradable). Module inserts help control the quantity and depth of growth media, affecting module weight and rooting levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Kurt T. Fischer, Thomas M. Hanzely, Kathy M. Baumann, Timothy McFarland, Darran Sellers
  • Patent number: 8474180
    Abstract: A method for cultivating a plant, wherein a substrate is formed, in which substrate a seed or a root of the plant is placed, which substrate containing the seed or the plant is placed in a holder for the plant to grow, characterized in that at least two substrate parts are formed, with the seed or a root of the plant being placed between said at least two substrate parts before the substrate containing the seed or the plant is placed in the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignees: Idea Packaging B.V., Schoone Orchideeen Research & Development B.V., Potgrondverwerking van der Knapp B.V.
    Inventors: Hugo Nicolaas Maria Berk, Cornelis Jan Schoone, Dick Verweij
  • Patent number: 8429851
    Abstract: A modular unit, system and method include a base layer having a plurality of reservoirs configured to prevent water flow through a lower portion, the lower portion for contacting a support surface, and having interlocking portions configured to interlock adjacent base layers when installed. A water permeable layer is disposed over the base layer. A detachable wall is mountable on the base layer to contain planting media. The water permeable layer may include a water-holding capillary fabric mat layer with entangled filaments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Metro Green Visions, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Dubner
  • Patent number: 8371066
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device comprising a trough (2) with a base wall (4) and side walls (5), said trough (2) designed to contain a liquid and a tray (3) for placing in the trough (2), for supporting a growing substrate with at least one well (15), the bottom of which communicates with the liquid in the trough (2) each of which has an adjacent breaking zone (7, 12), the cutting of which permits the device to be divided up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: PRM
    Inventor: Bernard Mathy
  • Patent number: 8365467
    Abstract: A prevegetated blanket protects an exposed soil surface from erosion in an efficient manner. The prevegetated blanket has a fibrous structure, with a water retaining composition, water retention substance and topsoil to receive the desired seeds. Components of the prevegetated blanket of this invention grow a living membrane for native and cover crops in a controlled environment in a weed free, state. Then, the prevegetated blanket is transferred to a specific site and installed immediately after soil is prepared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Robert E. Livingston
  • Patent number: 8296997
    Abstract: An upright planting apparatus includes a row of juxtaposed mesh pipe units disposed uprightly and a fixing unit. Each of the mesh pipe units includes an outer mesh pipe, and a liquid supply pipe. The outer mesh pipe has an upright tubular wall formed with a plurality of mesh holes extending through inner and outer surfaces of the upright tubular wall, and a groove that extends around said outer surface of the upright tubular wall to receive a plant culture medium. The liquid supply pipe is disposed axially inside the outer mesh pipe and has a plurality of liquid-seeping holes. The fixing unit fixes together the outer mesh pipes of the mesh pipe units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Yi-Chen Tsai
  • Publication number: 20120260572
    Abstract: A construction element covered with vegetation for horizontal, pitched and/or vertical surfaces of structures. The construction element has a lower base plate, which is embodied as an insulating board, and an upper vegetation layer with shorter and/or taller plants. A plant adhesive layer is arranged between the insulating board and the vegetation layer. A layer of a material that renders possible plant growth for shorter and/or taller plants is adhered on the adhesive layer. The adhesive layer is embodied in a non-vapor retardant manner so that it is permeable for water vapor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: XF TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventor: Wolfgang Behrens
  • Publication number: 20120260573
    Abstract: A modular unit, system and method include a base layer having a plurality of reservoirs configured to prevent water flow through a lower portion, the lower portion for contacting a support surface, and having interlocking portions configured to interlock adjacent base layers when installed. A water permeable layer is disposed over the base layer. A detachable wall is mountable on the base layer to contain planting media. The water permeable layer may include a water-holding capillary fabric mat layer with entangled filaments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: METRO GREEN VISIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Steven DUBNER
  • Publication number: 20120240463
    Abstract: A modular planting and cultivating container and a revegetation method using such containers. The planting and cultivating container is essentially made up of a rectangular tray having a flat or ribbed bottom and side walls, as well as a body forming a rectangular sleeve removably mounted on and/or in the tray and extending, when mounted, past the upper edges of the side walls of the tray, the container (1) being characterized in that the tray (2) and the sleeve (5) are made from a hollow planar material made up of at least two sheets connected via a bridging structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: SOPREMA
    Inventors: Pierre-Etienne Bindschedler, François Lassalle, Lionel Sindt, Yannik Beix
  • Patent number: 8272163
    Abstract: A modular unit, system and method include a base layer having a plurality of reservoirs configured to prevent water flow through a lower portion, the lower portion for contacting a support surface, and having interlocking portions configured to interlock adjacent base layers when installed. A water permeable layer is disposed over the base layer. A detachable wall is mountable on the base layer to contain planting media. The water permeable layer may include a water-holding capillary fabric mat layer with entangled filaments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Metro Green Visions, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Dubner
  • Publication number: 20120227319
    Abstract: An improved modular green roof system for installation on a roof includes: (a) trays, each having a surface chosen from the group of sidewall, bottom and a combination of such surfaces, and having drainage openings that limit the movement of planting media through the surface while promoting maximum root growth and water and moisture transport through the surface, (b) a water management passage, (c) a structural member that extends across each of the trays and attaches to the opposing bottom sidewall to provide rigidity to each tray, (d) locking members for use with the trays, and wherein each of the trays have a locking opening configured to accommodate one of the locking members, (e) stacking members for use with the trays, and wherein each of the trays have a stacking opening configured to accommodate the insertion of one the stacking members, (f) a slope stabilization device, a portion of which is configured to be accommodated in water management passages, and (g) a water retention medium configured for p
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Lee Jaslow
  • Patent number: 8250804
    Abstract: A plant pot holding device includes one or more panels each having a number of compartments formed with a wider front portion and a narrower rear portion for detachably engaging with plant pots, the plant pots each include a lower notch for engaging with the lower inclined surface of the panel and an upper engaging surface and a latch for engaging with the panel and for detachably attaching and latching the plant pots to the panel, the panels each include one or more couplers and one or more socket openings for selectively engaging with each other and for detachably coupling the panels together to form various spatial or three-dimensional shapes and for detachably supporting a number of plant pots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Cheng Chung Chang
  • Patent number: 8235863
    Abstract: A device having a tray defining at least one reservoir designed to contain a liquid, a platform, designed to be placed on the tray and to support a growing substrate, the platform including a flat main portion provided with wells having, at the bottom, an orifice communicating with the liquid contained in the tray, and means for carrying liquid in the reservoir, where a plurality of reinforcing walls protrude perpendicularly upwards from the main portion of the platform, where these walls have sufficient height so that, when the platform is placed on the tray, their top edge forms the highest portion of the device, and where the reinforcing walls are distributed on the surface of the platform so as to allow a distribution of the loads applied to this device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: A.B.M. Plastic
    Inventor: Bernard Mathy
  • Patent number: 8225546
    Abstract: To realize a root-preventing sheet with outstanding shape maintaining properties while being thin and light that even when affixed has no wrinkles, is difficult to tear, has excellent applicability, durability and adhesiveness and demonstrates definite root-preventing effects at low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tajima Ryokka Incorporated
    Inventors: Kunio Tajima, Toru Kojima, Akihiro Sakamoto, Yoshiaki Gotou
  • Patent number: 8209905
    Abstract: A greening system us disclosed for enabling plants/vegetation to grow only with natural rainfall, without any particular irrigation facilities, enabling a full-blown garden to be constructed on building rooftops, minimizing the applicable loads on the building, and free from the risk of leakage. Planting container 1 comprises box 2 with stickers 3 to carry perforated partition panel 4. The lower half of the container is constituted as water storage 5, and drain holes 6 are opened on sides of the container. Soil layer 7 placed on partition panel 4 is formed of light woody soil-based on charcoal 9 and humus timber chips for absorbing moisture transported from the water 8 stored in water storage 5 by evaporation or difference in humidity, to have a large water capacity letting less water evaporate into the air. Charcoal 9 absorbs water from the air inside the lower half of the container to water the plants. Water storage 5 assures an amount of water necessary for plants to grow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Kawada Construction Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Furumura, Toshiaki Fukuhara, Shinichi Kawada
  • Publication number: 20120137580
    Abstract: A system for treating plant cuttings (12), comprising a carrier (1) and a series of holders attached to said carrier, which holders are each designed for holding a plant cutting, said holders being attached to the carrier in such a manner that plant cuttings inserted into the holders extend substantially parallel to each other, and that the respective centres of each of the holders lie substantially in one and the same central plane, which system further comprises a watering device comprising at least one gutter (22) in which the bottom sides of the plant cuttings can be placed, which gutter extends between a water supply side and a water discharge side, as well as a water inlet designed to supply water or on the water supply side and a water outlet designed to discharge water from the water discharge side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: DEKKER CHRYSANTEN B.V.
    Inventor: Cornelis Wilhelmus Dekker
  • Publication number: 20120110904
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for reducing global warming. In an embodiment, a platform is provided over a surface area and supports growing at least one plant. At least one panel is coupled to the platform that comprises a plurality of solar cells. Further, at least one water storage unit is coupled to the platform and configured to collect rain water. At least a portion of the surface area is shaded as a function of the platform thereby reducing temperature of the surface area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Matthew Modine
  • Publication number: 20120090235
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a backing sheet comprising a pH neutral material. The backing sheet is configured for supporting at least one plant in a hydroponics system. A plurality of protrusions comprises a pH neutral material. The plurality of protrusions is joined to the backing sheet. The plurality of protrusions is configured for extending away from a surface of the backing sheet for supporting the roots of the at least one plant in which the at least one plant is supported in a growing position and damage to the at least one plant is mitigated during removal of the roots from the protrusions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Briar Horn, Jamin Horn
  • Patent number: 8132365
    Abstract: A panel for a modular green roof system includes a bottom and four sides extending upwardly therefrom to provide an enclosure for growing medium, with a first side having a height above the bottom, the panel configured to accommodate an irrigation head. The bottom of the irrigation head is positioned below the height of the first side and connects with a water supply line running horizontally along the first side. A mold defining a first opening can be formed in the first side, the first opening configured to receive the irrigation head, the mold extending toward a side opposing the first side. A notch formed in a first side flange extending from the first side may alternatively help secure the irrigation head. The top of the irrigation head can be elevated above the height of the first side to irrigate the panel and nearby panels with pressurized water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Americam Builders & Supply Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Mischo
  • Publication number: 20120036773
    Abstract: A floatable plant growth system is provided. The system comprises an upper tray (10) and a lower tray (20). The upper tray has a plurality of downwardly tapering cells (11) for receiving plant growth material, with each of the plant cells having an opening (13) at its bottom. The lower tray has a plurality of upwardly tapering cells (21) that trap air, enabling the system to float in use. The upper tray is removably mateable with the lower tray such that the plant cells of the upper tray are located in the space (27) between the air cells of the lower tray. The lower tray is provided with a plurality of openings (26). When the upper and lower trays are mated together and placed in a body of liquid, liquid enters the mated tray configuration (10, 20) through the openings (26) of the lower tray, fills the space (27) that is below the plant cells (11) between the air cells (21) of the lower tray, and in use may be taken up through the bottom opening (13) of each upper tray plant cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: Khay Chong Khoo
  • Publication number: 20120005954
    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: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Gary R. Hartman