Title:
Article of manufacture for under fence decor, weed and erosion control.
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A new evolution in under fence decor, weed and erosion control. Gatorcap is a gator green colored poly vinyl constructed capping system, that can be placed under all types of outdoor fencing. The advantages of gatorcap besides it's clean uniform look are also to prevent grass and weeds from growing up into the fence. With it's unique flexible overlap on each side of the fence, gatorcap allows you to use your lawn mower or lawn tractor for trimming along fencing by cutting over it's guiding edge. You get a clean uniform trim without the use of lawn trimmers or weed killers that can cause soil damage and rain erosion.



Inventors:
Diplacido, Barton Michael (Erie, PA, US)
Application Number:
09/955012
Publication Date:
03/20/2003
Filing Date:
09/18/2001
Assignee:
DIPLACIDO BARTON MICHAEL
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E04H17/06; (IPC1-7): E04H17/00
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Primary Examiner:
FLANDRO, RYAN M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Barton M. DiPlacido (Erie, PA, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. An article of manufacture for under fence decor, weed and erosion control. comprising: a poly vinyl track capping system that is placed under outdoor fencing; “FIG.” 1 a special grooved tooth bottom to hold in place during mowing or raking; “FIG.” 1 a vertical grooved surface for added contour flexibility to follow lawn grade; “FIG.” 1 a flexible edge that extends out from each side of the fence for easy mowing; “FIG.” 1A a slightly curved surface allows for easy leaf raking around fence; “FIG.” 1A a neat secure fit under all types of fencing and similar applications. “FIG.” 1A

2. An article of manufacture for under fence decor, weed and erosion control. comprising: a gatorcap gator cover with cut hole fits around fence post and lock into track; “FIG.” 2 a gatorcap gator corner makes for easy corner application for uniform look; “FIG.” 3/3C a unique snap together locking system for easy installation and removal; “FIG.” 4/4D

3. An article of manufacture for under fence decor, weed and erosion control. comprising: a system that helps the enviorment by reducing erosion and soil damage caused by weed trimmers and weed killers; a gator green color similar to hunter green that blends in with the landscape; a system made from recyclable material that is environmentally safe.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] This invention relates generally to the field of outdoor fencing, and more particularly to an article of manufacture for under fence decor, weed and erosion control..

[0002] The gatorcap system was devised because of the unsightly look in weed and erosion problem for outdoor fencing. Currently there are no other ways to prevent this problem, except for costly measures such as concrete, asphalt or stone. These costly methods will prevent under fence weed and erosion problems, but are not practical in most fencing applications. Weed trimmers and weed killers are time consuming repetitious methods that can cause soil and erosion damage. Gatorcap gives you the protection and ease of lawn mower trimming to prevent weeds and grass buildup under any outdoor fence. This can only add beauty and value to your home and landscaping.

[0003] Other advantages of the gatorcap system, is that it makes raking and removal of leaves that gather around fence a breeze. In many cases it also helps prevent animals from digging under fence. Gatorcaps gator green texture color blends right in with the landscape, and is long lasting and durable. The gatorcap system comes with easy to follow step by step instructions. Gatorcap is recyclable and environmentally safe.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] The primary object of the invention is To add beauty to under part of outdoor fencing, such as baseboard would add to flooring.

[0005] Another object of the invention is To add clean uniform weed free look under outdoor fencing.

[0006] Another object of the invention is To provide a under fence capping system that prevents grass and weeds from growing into fence.

[0007] A further object of the invention is To provide easy lawn trimming around fence, by using lawn mower or lawn tractor.

[0008] Yet another object of the invention is To help eliminate soil damage and erosion caused by weed trimmers and weed killers.

[0009] Still yet another object of the invention is To provide easy removal of leaves that gather under fence.

[0010] Another object of the invention is To help prevent animals from digging under fence..

[0011] Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following descriptions, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein, by way of illustration and example, an embodiment of the present invention is disclosed.

[0012] An article of manufacture for under fence decor, weed and erosion control. comprising: A poly vinyl track capping system that is placed under outdoor fencing, “FIG.” 1 A special grooved tooth bottom to hold in place during mowing or raking, “FIG.” 1 A vertical grooved surface for added contour flexibility to follow lawn grade, “FIG.” 1 A flexible edge that extends out from each side of the fence for easy mowing, “FIG.” 1A A slightly curved surface allows for easy leaf raking around fence, “FIG.” 1A A neat secure fit under all types of fencing and similar applications. “FIG.” 1A

[0013] An article of manufacture for under fence decor, weed and erosion control. comprising: A gatorcap gator cover with cut hole fits around fence post and lock into track, “FIG.” 2 A gatorcap gator comer makes for easy comer application for uniform look, “FIGS.” 3/3C A unique snap together locking system for easy installation and removal, “FIGS.” 4/4D

[0014] An article of manufacture for under fence decor, weed and erosion control. comprising: A system that helps the enviorment by reducing erosion and soil damage caused by weed trimmers and weed killers, A gator green color similar to hunter green that blends in with the landscape, A system made from recyclable material that is environmentally safe.

[0015] The drawings constitute a part of this specification and include exemplary embodiments to the invention, which may be embodied in various forms. It is to be understood that in some instances various aspects of the invention may be shown exaggerated or enlarged to facilitate an understanding of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0016] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the invention. Gatorcap is an approximate 10″ wide by {fraction (3/14)}″ high flexible poly vinyl under fence capping track.

[0017] FIG. 1A is a perspective view of the invention. Gatorcap is shown in it's under fence use.

[0018] FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the invention. Gatorcap gator cover is used for around fence posts, and locks into gator track.

[0019] FIG. 2B is a perspective view of the invention. Gatorcap gator cover shown around fence post.

[0020] FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the invention. Gatorcap gator corner makes for easy corner application for continuous uniform look.

[0021] FIG. 3C is a perspective view of the invention. Gatorcap gator corner shown under fence.

[0022] FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the invention. Gatorcap connector shape shown.

[0023] FIG. 4D is a perspective view of the invention. Gatorcap connector shown befor locking into place with another piece of gator track.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0024] Detailed descriptions of the preferred embodiment are provided herein. It is to be understood, however, that the present invention may be embodied in various forms. Therefore, specific details disclosed herein are not to be interpreted as limiting, but rather as a basis for the claims and as a representative basis for teaching one skilled in the art to employ the present invention in virtually any appropriately detailed system, structure or manner.

[0025] In accordance with the present invention, FIG. 1 shows Gatorcap track which is an approximate 10″ wide by ¾″ high interlocking flexible poly vinyl constructed capping system, that is placed under the fence. It's textured gator green color blend in with the landscaping, and prevents grass and weeds from growing into the fence. Turning to FIG. 1A it shows Gatorcap System installed under fence with it's unique flexible extended edge on both sides of the fence. This allows for easy lawn mower trimming along fence by simply cutting over the extended area of gatorcap. With the bottom molded teeth that keep the gatorcap stable and by it's slight curve in the gator track, shown in FIGS. 1/1A makes for easy raking and removal of leaves that tend to build up around fences. In many cases, properly installed gatorcap may prevent animals from digging under fence.

[0026] In accordance with the present invention, FIG. 2 shows Gatorcap cover that fits around fence post and snap locks into the gator track. This allows for fast and easy installation for the beginner or for the professional. FIG. 3 shows the gatorcap corner that gives it that continued uniform look when you need to make a corner turn in you fencing. This also allows for fast easy installation.

[0027] Other advantages of the Gatorcap System besides it's clean look and added beauty to your fence are; The ability for easy fence trimming, easy clean-up for leaves and debris, prevention of animals digging under fence, prevents weed and grass buildup under and around fence, helps prevent soil erosion under fence caused by weed trimmers, weed killers, and rain on unprotected areas. Gatorcap is easy to install for the beginner or for the professional, with it's easy to follow step by step instructions. Gatorcap is recyclable and environmentally safe.

[0028] While the invention has been described in connection with a preferred embodiment, it is not intended to limit the scope of the invention to the particular form set forth, but on the contrary, it is intended to cover such alternatives, modifications, and equivalents as may be included within the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims. embedded image embedded image embedded image embedded image