US 3846935 A
A shrub protector consisting of two plates hingedly joined together and provided with individually-adjustable legs.
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
United States Patent [1 1 Wagner Nov. 12, 1974 SHRUB PROTECTOR 381.766 4/l888 Dcuthcr 40/125 H 690.150 l2/l90l lnmnn l 240/354 x  lnvemm' 'f l.7()8 4l3 4/l929 Fowler 2424/3541.
Mommgdale Mass' 01530 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONQ 7 l 1972 909,628 3/l954 Germany 24x/354 l.  Appl. No.: 307,161
Fri/nan EraminerStcphen C. Pellegrino  U 8 Cl 47/26 405 Attorney. Agent, or FirmNormun S. Blodgctt; (ierry 511 in'tfciffIfIfIfIIfIffIIIffffIffIIIffIfffIfIffIf.... Aoi 13/60 Blodge  Field of Search 47/26-29;
40/125; 248/354 L, 354, 460, 462; 256/43 [571 ABSTRACT- A shrub protector consisting of two plates hingedly  References Cited joined together and provided with individuallyadjustable legs.
1 Claim, 3 Drawing Figures PATENTEUNuv 12 L974 SHRUB PROTECTOR BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT In Cold climates there is a considerable problem in 5 eral features of the invention, the shrub protector, indiprotecting shrubbery during the winter months. Shrubbery which is not so protected can be badly damaged by ice, particularly if the shrubbery is located under the eaves of a house. Suitable protection has been provided in the past inthe form of wooden structures, which are constructed over the shrubbery in the fall season of the year. These structures are not only expensive to install,
but their appearance leavesa great deal to be desired. Furthermore, they are subject to deterioration due'to the weather. These and other difficulties experienced with the prior art devices have been obviated in a novel manner by the present invention. 2
It is, therefore, an outstanding object of the invention to provide a shrub protectorwhich can be stored during the summer time and easily set up in the fall.
Another object of this invention is the provision of a shrub protector which, because of its construction, will resist damage fromice and snow" and which therefore.
can be used for many years.
A further object ot the present invention is the provision of a shrub protector having means for adjusting to SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Generally speaking, the invention consists of a shrub cated generally by the reference numeral 10, is shown as consisting of a first plate 11 and a second plate 12 which are hingedly joined at their upper ends for pivotal motion about an axis AA. Two legs 13 and 14 are associated with the first plate 11, while a similar leg 15 and a leg,not shown, are associated with the second plate 12. Means is provided for adjustably connecting .side.
FIG. 2 shows particularly well the way in which the legs and reinforcing strips are joined. The reinforcing strip 19 is provided with alongitudinal rib 27 which fits into a correspondingly-shaped and-sized groove 23 formed on the leg 14. The legs and reinforcing strips are provided with spaced notches and joined by balls 24 which lock in the notches to hold each leg in an adjusted position relative to its reinforcing strip. As can protector having a first place, having a second plate 5 hingedly connected to the first plate, having two spaced parallel legs assoicated with each plate, and'having means for adjustably connecting each leg to its plate.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION-OF THE DRAWINGS The character of the invention, however, may be best understood by reference to one of its structural forms,
as illustrated by the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a prospective view of a shrub protector embodying the principles of the present invention,
FIG. 2 is a sectional view of a portion of the invention taken on line II-Il of FIG. 1, and
FIG. 3 is a sectional view of the invention taken on the line III-111 of FIG. 1.
be seen in FIG. 2, each bail 24 is generally U-shaped with an inwardly-directed extension at the free end of each leg. These extensions lie in notches 25 on the groove side of the reinforcing strip 19. Similarly the notches 26 formed on a rib of the leg 14 receive the bight of the bail 24.
FIG. 3 shows the manner in which the plates 11 and 12 are hinged together. A U-shaped element 27 has its legs residing in bores 28 and 29 formed in the reinforcing strips 18 and 21 respectively.
As is evident in the drawings, the legs 13, 14, and 15 and the reinforcing strips 18, 19, and 21 are all formed from'extruded metal, preferably aluminum. As is evi dent in FIG. 2, theextrusion provides a groove to hold the panel 11 and a rib 22 to cooperate with asimilar groove23 on the leg 14. The leg 14 also has a rib in which are formed the notches 26. As is evident in FIG. 1, the extruded element is provided with notches both around the groovesand on the ribs, irrespective of whether they are actually used or not, so that they stack.
The operation of the invention will now be readily understood in view of the above description. The plate 11 and 12 are opened up about the hindge axis 'AA to form a small tent-like configuration which is placed over the shrub which is to be protected. The legs 13, 14 and 15, as well as the one, not shown, in the drawings, are adjusted to match the irregular ground around the shrub. If desired, the legs may be inserted into the ground to hold the entire structure in a more stable condition. In order to adjust the length of the leg, it is only necessary to loosen the bails 24 by pulling the leg downwardly. Then the leg may be inserted in any position that is necessary and the bails reinserted in the notches. The bails operate to lock the leg tighter if pressure is put in the upward direction on the leg; in other words, the greater the load of snow and ice on the 3 plates 11 and 12, the more tightly the legs are held in place. It can be seen that the device can be entirely made of rust-proof metal, the plates 11 and 12 preferably being aluminum sheets and the legs and reinforcing strips, as has been stated, being made of extruded aluminum. The bails 24 may be stainless steel, as well as the U-shaped element 27. This construction is not only inexpensive, but it is simple and rugged and will not be affected by the weather. After the spring season arrives, the entire assemblage may be folded up with the plates 11 and 12 lying together and the legs 13, 14 and 15, etc. being adjusted to positions coextensive with the reinforcing strip with which they are associated. The apparatus thus stored takes up very little room. A large number of the shrub protectors may be neatlystacked in a storage space.
It is obvious that minor changes may be made in the form and construction of the invention without departing from the material spirit thereof. It is not, however, desired to confine the invention to the exact form herein shown and described, but it is desired to include all such as properly come within the scope claimed.
The invention having been thus described, what is claimed as new and desired to secure by Letters Patent 15:
l. A shrub protector, comprising:
a. a first plate, having a first side, and two other opposed sides,
b. a second plate having a first side, and two other opposed sides hingedly connected to the first plate,
along the first side of each plate,
c. two spaced, parallel legs associated with each plate, and
(1. means adjustably connecting each leg to its plate,
. the legs and reinforcing strips being provided with spaced notches and joined by bails which lock in the notches to hold each leg in an adjusted position relative to its reinforcing strip,
wherein each plate is rectangular,
wherein each reinforcing strip is provided with a rib which slidably engages a groove on a leg,
wherein the plates are hingedly connected by means of a U-shaped element having its ends located in bores in the ends of the reinforcing strips, and
wherein the legs and the reinforcing strips are formed of extruded material of the same crosssectional size and shape, the said shape consisting of a rectangle having a notch at one side and ,a rectangular protrusion at the other side, the
rectangular protrusion having parallel sides.