US 20060168878 A1
The invention is both a method of harvesting and mounting a tree and the tree stand itself. The method is for that of harvesting a live tree. On the other hand the tree stand can mount a live tree or an artificial tree. The description is written from the live tree viewpoint. The method comprises: harvesting a tree from the field; trimming the tree; optionally packaging said tree in netting; and mounting a stand on said trimmed tree. The mounting step also includes sliding a tapered sleeve or a bulb-like sleeve onto the base of the tree and jamming or inserting the sleeve with the tree into a corresponding well of the base stand. The tree stand comprises a base with an upwardly projecting well and a sleeve. The sleeve may be a tapered hollow sleeve, or a bulb-like sleeve. When the bulb-like sleeve is used, wing screws can be employed to secure it to the well.
1) A method of harvesting and packaging a tree, comprising:
a. harvesting a tree from the field;
b. trimming the tree;
c. optionally packaging said tree in netting; and
d. mounting a stand on said trimmed tree.
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1) Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a method of harvesting a tree, preferably a Christmas tree, but it is capable of mounting other cut or artificial trees, trimming the tree if necessary, optionally packaging the tree in appropriate packaging material such as netting, and mounting it in a stand. The invention also relates to a tree stand that comprises two parts, namely a tapered sleeve and a base. The larger opening of the tapered sleeve slides over the harvested tree at its base while the small end (lesser diameter) slides into a centered raised wall portion of the base stand.
2) Prior Art
Packaging Christmas trees in netting to prevent breakage of the limbs during shipping and to enable more trees to be shipped in a container such as a truck, is well known to those in the business. Often Christmas retail tree sellers build and construct their own stands and mount a few of the trees in their lot so that these trees can be fully viewed. Many retail sellers simply lean the trees against a fence, a wall, or ropes strung between trees. Generally the retail sellers also sell tree stands as a separate add-on component.
On the other hand, Christmas tree stands are well known to all buyers of Christmas trees, as these trees must be mounted in homes, businesses, and public locations. Christmas tree stand structures generally consist of legs, some upright pot that can hold the base of the tree as well as a supply of liquid for the base of the tree and fastening means to secure the tree to the pot. Such stands take many different shapes, are formed from many different types of materials, and other serve this purpose inconsistently (some are better than others).
There is a need to package the Christmas tree with a stand such that it is unnecessary for the retailer of the Christmas trees to design and produce a temporary holding structure, all trees can be fully viewed, and the trees can absorb water while present in the retail lot. Additionally, the same stands would be used in residential homes, public places, and businesses thereby omitting the mounting of the tree on a stand, as is usually required by the final user.
The present invention relates to both method and apparatus. The stand is meant to be used not only by the retail Christmas tree seller, but also enjoyed by the residential, business, or public building occupant/buyer. The tree stand enables the users to supply water or other aqueous based nutritional compositions to the tree, such that it remains more lifelike for a longer period of time.
In the broadest sense, the present invention relates to a method of harvesting and packaging Christmas trees, comprising: harvesting a Christmas tree from the field; trimming the tree; optionally packaging said tree in netting; and mounting a stand on said trimmed tree. The mounting step also includes sliding a tapered sleeve onto the base of the Christmas tree and jamming the tapered sleeve with Christmas tree into a corresponding well of the base stand.
In the broadest sense, the present invention also comprises a Christmas tree stand having a base portion and a sleeve portion, said base having a pan shape with a centered well projecting outwardly from said base, said well having at least one opening to allow water or other nutrients to have access to the interior of said well, said sleeve having an exterior diameter designed to snugly mount within said well by a friction fit.
In the broadest sense, the present invention also comprises a Christmas tree stand having a base portion and a bulb-like sleeve portion, said base having a pan shape with a centered well projecting outwardly from said base, said well having at least one opening to allow water or other nutrients to have access to the interior of said well, said bulb-like sleeve having an exterior diameter designed to initially rotatably mount within and on said well, and then once the tree is vertical, secure the sleeve by means of one or more wing screws.
The figures of the drawings are for illustrating the invention and to enable those skilled in the art to better understand the invention. It is not intended to limit the invention in any manner inconsistent with the claims.
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The tapered sleeve and base stand can be various sizes to accommodates various sizes of trees, such as trees with a base of 4 to 4½ inches. Relative to the tapered sleeve, the base must be large enough to support the size tree intended to be mounted therein. The larger the tree, the larger the base stand, and the larger the tapered sleeve, and vise versa. Larger trees with larger stands means that the base stand can be both larger in diameter and taller, and the well of the stand is larger in diameter along with the corresponding sleeve. The invention easily encompasses a base having a diameter from about 6 to about 24 inches (2 feet), while the height can be from about 4 to about 8 inches. The size of the stand must simply be sufficient to support the size of the tree.
The bottom 36 has in its centered area an integrally formed well 40 comprising an upstanding circular wall 42 which is projecting upwardly out of the bottom 36 and is generally thicker than the sidewall 28. The well circular wall 42 is thicker because it is necessary for it to support the sleeve 14 shown in
When the sleeve 14 is fully inserted into the well 40, it is close to the bottom 36 of the base 12. Generally, however, it is spaced a very slight distance above the bottom 36 such that, for example, a sheet of paper may be inserted between the two. This close relationship permits water to flow into the well such that the tree may absorb the water. Moreover, the height of the well 40 is substantially less than the depth or height of the sidewall 28. Accordingly, when the base is filled approximately ⅔ full of water, for example, it will also overflow the upper edge 46 of the sleeve 14 and flow along the sides of the base of the Christmas tree, allowing water absorption thru the tree.
By inserting the sleeve 14 onto the base of the Christmas tree, the projections 26 bite into the tree. These same projections, which can lacerate the tree along its trunk open the bark of the trunk a bit and thus water flowing over the top of the sleeve 14, when it is inserted into well 40, also exposes the base of the tree such that it may absorb the liquid.
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Thus it is apparent that there has been provided, in accordance with the invention, a method and corresponding equipment that fully satisfies the objects, aims and advantages set forth above. While the invention has been described in conjunction with specific embodiments thereof, it is evident that many alternatives, modifications, and variations will be apparent to those skilled in the art in light of the foregoing description. Accordingly, it is intended to embrace all such alternatives, modifications and variations as fall within the spirit and broad scope of the appended claims.