CN112937197A - Artificial landscape stone - Google Patents

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CN112937197A
CN112937197A CN202110018239.1A CN202110018239A CN112937197A CN 112937197 A CN112937197 A CN 112937197A CN 202110018239 A CN202110018239 A CN 202110018239A CN 112937197 A CN112937197 A CN 112937197A
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An artificial landscape stone that is relatively lightweight and adjustable in size is presented. The synthetic stone is preferably formed of a suitable plastic material having a relatively low density and has the appearance of natural stone. The artificial stone enables users to conveniently transport the plastic stone to different positions in gardens, so as to achieve the purpose of attractive appearance. The lightweight synthetic stone is preferably composed of two separate halves that a user can connect for installation. The invention also includes a pile disposed at the bottom of the plastic stone for anchoring the plastic stone to the ground. The light artificial stone is made of durable weather-resistant plastic materials, so that the artificial stone can keep the natural appearance for a long time.

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Artificial landscape stone
Cross Reference to Related Applications
This application claims priority and benefit from U.S. provisional application No. 63/002,438, filed 3/31/2020, which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
Background
The present invention relates generally to the field of landscape decoration, such as landscape stones. More particularly, the present invention relates to a lightweight artificial landscape stone for decorating gardens, paths, mountaineering, swimming pools, aquariums, and the like. In one embodiment, the artificial plastic landscape stone may be composed of at least two plastic pieces connected to the piles at the bottom of the stone structure for anchoring to the ground. The plastic landscape stone is preferably hollow inside, so that the plastic landscape stone is light in weight, and a user can conveniently transport the plastic landscape stone to different positions in a garden to achieve the aim of beauty. Therefore, this specification specifically describes it. However, it should be understood that aspects of the present invention are equally applicable to other similar applications, devices, and methods of manufacture.
Generally, gardens refer to areas of personal property or public, usually outdoors, where a planned place for growing and displaying ornamental and flowering plants and other items commonly found in nature is set aside. Other ornamentation in gardens typically includes garden stones, landscape stones or cobblestones, fountains, and decorative paving. Gardens can incorporate natural and artificial materials.
Natural materials such as natural stone are often placed in gardens for various purposes such as aesthetics, decoration, and defining boundaries for specific areas (e.g., around plants, trees, fountains, or pools). However, natural stone placed in gardens or other outdoor areas is often very heavy and difficult to transport and install. It is often difficult for gardeners to move these heavy stones individually and the transport costs must be paid each time they need to transport the heavy stones from one place to another. For example, a gardener may need assistance when he wants to adjust the landscape, and thus pay additional costs for transporting and installing the stone. The bulky and large stone can limit the design of gardens and cause the garden owner to feel disappointed to the overall appearance of the garden.
Many areas do not have natural stone and are often imported from all over the world. The cost of natural stone is often high and difficult to obtain, often increasing transportation and labor costs, and thus the cost of creating a landscape. Furthermore, the natural stone is often fixed in size and shape and cannot be adjusted in order to better interact or blend with the settings of the different items in the landscape and/or the desires and needs of the user. Accordingly, there is a need for dimension adjustable stone materials.
Existing natural stone is usually a separate unit, and larger size stone is packed in a larger container when it is needed and transported, and the size and shape of the larger stone causes many voids in the package, which is inconvenient and inefficient in terms of packaging and cost. In addition, larger landscape stones tend to be heavy and difficult to carry, which can result in user injuries (e.g., back injuries, muscle strain, etc.).
In addition, artificial or artificial materials such as plastic grass, grass blankets, fountains, etc. are currently in an advanced level and are often used in gardens and indoor and outdoor decorations. Such artificial garden ornaments are light in weight, easy to carry from one place to another, change aesthetic appearance, bring totally different designs to gardens. However, at present, no substitute for natural heavy landscape stone exists, thereby bringing inconvenience to users.
Thus, there is a long-felt need in the art for lightweight stone materials that can be used for decorating gardens, swimming pools, paths, etc. There is a long felt need in the art for stone that can be conveniently transported from one location to another without the need to pay additional handling costs and expensive labor costs. In addition, there has been a long felt need in the art for a highly structured engineered stone for different decors to address the associated packaging and shipping issues, and a landscape stone structure with height adjustment mechanisms to meet the needs and desires of different users. There has also been a long felt need for artificial landscape stones that do not restrict the design of gardens and that allow the user to be satisfied with the overall appearance of their garden. In addition, there is a long felt need in the art for a stone structure with a securing mechanism to anchor landscape stones in a predetermined location to be stable in a particular design or location. Finally, there is a long-felt need in the art for an efficient and economical process for manufacturing complete synthetic stone by a single injection molding operation.
In one embodiment, the presently disclosed and claimed subject matter includes lightweight landscape stones, which may be made of plastic, designed in the manner of natural stone (but with minimal weight) to enable a user to conveniently transport them to various locations in a garden for aesthetic purposes at minimal cost. The plastic landscape stone of the present invention comprises a structure having the appearance of natural stone, which is connected to piles located at the bottom of the stone structure so as to anchor the stone structure to the ground. The landscape stone is made of durable weather-resistant materials, so that the landscape stone can keep the natural appearance for a long time. In addition, the landscape stone is hollow, so that the landscape stone is lighter and convenient to transport. Plastic landscape stones can be manufactured with individual layered structures to adjust the height or size of the landscape stone. Finally, the landscape stones of the present invention are manufactured as multi-structural units that the user can utilize to assemble the landscape stones when they are placed in the landscape, thereby reducing packaging and shipping issues for individual stone structures.
The lighter landscape stones of the present invention in this way achieve all the above mentioned objectives and provide a faster and convenient solution for decorating gardens or any outdoor spaces with landscape stones having the appearance of natural stone. The unique plastic landscape stone structure fixes the plastic stone on the surface, and prevents the plastic stone from displacing under severe weather conditions (such as strong wind, strong snow and the like). The unique plastic stone design also has an assembly structure that allows the stone components to be efficiently packaged and shipped, thereby reducing the packaging and shipping problems presented above. The improved light landscape stone also has the characteristics of stability, durability and convenient installation, thereby reducing the cost and improving the overall efficiency. In addition, the landscape stone structure also provides a height adjusting mechanism, so that a user can adjust the height or the size of the stone to meet the desires and requirements of the user. The plastic landscape stone is also hollow inside, so the plastic landscape stone is also lighter and convenient to rearrange in the beautified environment. In addition, the artificial landscape stone of the invention adopts durable weather-resistant plastic materials, which ensures that the landscape stone keeps the natural appearance for a long time. Finally, the present invention provides a method for easily and efficiently producing or manufacturing a complete plastic stone through a one-shot injection molding process.
Disclosure of Invention
The following presents a simplified summary of the disclosure in order to provide a basic understanding of some aspects of the innovation disclosed. This summary is not an extensive overview nor is it intended to identify key/critical elements or to delineate the scope thereof. Its sole purpose is to present some concepts in a simplified form as a prelude to the more detailed description that is presented later.
In one embodiment, the presently disclosed and claimed subject matter comprises a lighter landscape stone designed in the manner of natural stone (but with minimal weight) to enable a user to conveniently transport plastic stones to various locations in a garden or other outdoor location for aesthetic purposes. The light landscape stone also comprises a pile structure arranged at the bottom of the plastic stone, and the landscape stone can be anchored to the ground. In addition, in one embodiment, the landscape stone is made of a durable weather-resistant plastic material, which ensures that the landscape stone can maintain its natural appearance for a long time.
In one embodiment, each landscape stone of the present invention is a two-piece plastic jewelry that can be filled with natural stone, the exterior surface of which resembles the appearance of natural stone. More specifically, the plastic landscape stone consists of a two-piece structure that is staked at the bottom to be anchored to the ground. The pile head is hidden in an independent interlayer in the stone structure. In addition, the plastic landscape stone is hollow inside and light in weight, so that the plastic landscape stone can be conveniently transported to different positions in a garden without assistance or a large amount of labor cost. In addition, the coating on the landscape stone surface can be customized to imitate the color and appearance of natural stone.
In one embodiment of the invention, the complete plastic landscape stone is manufactured by one injection molding operation. The plastic landscape stone structure may have an optional pile or rod structure to anchor the landscape stone to the ground. The two half stone structures are completely melted through an injection molding mechanism to form a complete plastic or artificial landscape stone structure. The formed complete landscape stone is hollow and light in weight. This manufacturing process is suitable for most landscape stones of smaller size.
In another embodiment of the present invention, a method of making large size landscape stones is disclosed. The large-sized artificial plastic landscape stone is manufactured into independent components, such as a first half, a second half, piles or rods. After manufacture, the individual components can be packaged more efficiently for convenient transport to the end user. After receiving the artificial stone, a user can assemble different components to form a complete large-size plastic landscape stone structure. The disclosed process minimizes the amount of packaging required to transport larger blocks and eliminates many of the transport problems described above.
In yet another embodiment of the present invention, a unique engineered stone construction design is disclosed. The stone structure may be made by injection moulding into individual components including a plastic stone body, a plate and a rod. The user can easily, fast assemble this rostone's independent subassembly for decorate gardens, path, swimming pool etc..
In another embodiment of the invention, a height adjustable artificial plastic landscape stone is disclosed. The height-adjustable plastic landscape stone comprises a plastic stone body and a layer which can be used for adjusting the height or the size of the landscape stone. The stone structure may be in multiple layers that may be joined together using a water resistant adhesive to increase the height of the plastic stone for decoration and/or to meet the needs and/or preferences of the user. For example, in one embodiment, the invention provides a height adjustable landscape stone comprising a stone body having an outer surface and an inner surface, a first panel and a second panel, a first layer having a top surface and a bottom surface, the first layer being disposed between the first panel and the second panel; and a rod connected to the second plate at the bottom surface of the first layer, wherein the stone body is placed on the first plate at the top surface of the first layer.
To the accomplishment of the foregoing and related ends, certain illustrative aspects of the disclosed innovation are described herein in connection with the following description and the annexed drawings. These aspects are indicative, however, of but a few of the various ways in which the principles disclosed herein can be practiced and is intended to include all such aspects and their equivalents. Other advantages and novel features will become apparent from the following detailed description when considered in conjunction with the drawings.
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fig. 1 shows a perspective view of one possible embodiment of the lighter plastic landscape stone of the present invention installed on the ground according to the disclosed structure.
Figure 2a shows an internal partially exploded perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone of the present invention, according to the disclosed structure.
Figure 2b shows a partially exploded side perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone of the present invention, according to the disclosed structure.
Figure 2c shows a side perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone of the present invention, according to the disclosed structure.
Figure 3a shows an internal partially exploded perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone of the present invention, according to the disclosed structure.
Figure 3b shows a partially exploded side perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone of the present invention, according to the disclosed structure.
Figure 3c shows a side perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone with piles of the present invention, according to the disclosed structure.
Figure 4a shows a perspective view of one possible embodiment of the lighter plastic landscape stone with panels installed according to the present invention, in accordance with the disclosed structure.
FIG. 4b illustrates a perspective view of one possible embodiment of a panel in accordance with the disclosed structures.
Figure 4c illustrates a perspective view of one possible embodiment of a landscape stone support mounting bar according to the disclosed structure.
Figure 4d shows a top perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone of the present invention, according to the disclosed structure.
Figure 4e shows a top perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone base of the present invention, in accordance with the disclosed structure.
Figure 4f shows a top perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone mounting support bar of the present invention, in accordance with the disclosed structure.
Figure 4g shows a side perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone of the present invention, according to the disclosed structure.
Figure 5a shows a partially exploded side perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone of the present invention with an additional plastic layer and sheet according to the disclosed structure.
Fig. 5b shows a top perspective view of one possible embodiment of the additional plastic layer of the present invention, in accordance with the disclosed structure.
Figure 5c shows a side perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone of the present invention with an additional plastic layer and sheet according to the disclosed structure.
Figure 5d shows a side perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone of the present invention with multiple additional plastic layers and sheets according to the disclosed structure.
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The subject innovation is now described with reference to the drawings, wherein like reference numerals are used to refer to like elements throughout. In the following description, for purposes of explanation, numerous specific details are set forth in order to provide a thorough understanding of the present invention. It may be evident, however, that the innovation can be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, well-known structures and devices are shown in block diagram form in order to facilitate description.
As mentioned above, there has been a long felt need in the art for lightweight stone materials that can be used for decorating gardens, swimming pools, paths, etc. There is a long felt need in the art for stone that can be conveniently transported from one location to another without the need to pay additional handling costs and significant labor costs. Furthermore, there is a long-felt need in the art for highly structured synthetic stone with different decors and stone structures that can address existing packaging and shipping related problems. There is a long-felt need in the art for an artificial stone structure consisting of a height adjustment mechanism that can meet the needs and/or preferences of users, and that does not limit garden design. Finally, there is a long felt need in the art for an artificial stone structure having at least one securing mechanism that anchors the stone structure to the ground so that it remains in a predetermined position and is not disturbed by inclement weather, such as strong winds.
The innovative product of the invention is a lighter landscape stone, designed in the form of a natural stone (but with minimal weight), enabling the user to transport the artificial stone easily and relocate it to a different location in a garden or other landscaping environment. The landscape stone of the present invention may include a pile structure disposed at the bottom of the artificial stone, and the landscape stone may be anchored to the ground. The landscape stone is preferably hollow inside and made of durable weather-resistant material to ensure that the artificial stone maintains its natural appearance for a long time even when exposed to the natural environment (e.g., rain, snow, rain and snow, wind, sunlight, etc.). Further, in one embodiment, the landscape stone may be composed of multiple layers with which the height or size of the artificial stone may be adjusted.
Referring first to the drawings, FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of one possible embodiment of the lighter artificial landscape stone 100 of the present invention mounted on the ground 130 according to the disclosed structure. Each artificial landscape stone 100 is a two-piece decorative stone having the appearance of natural stone, consisting of a first half 104 and a second half 105, the first and second halves 104, 105 being permanently or removably adhered together by fastener mechanisms, permanent or resealable adhesives, etc., or may be assembled by a user to form a single artificial stone structure 100 and installed along the floor 130. The outer surface 103 of the synthetic plastic stone 100 has the appearance or design of natural stone.
As shown in fig. 2-5, the two stone halves 104, 105 may be supported by landscape stone mounting support rods 107 disposed along the bottom 108 of the first or second halves 104, 105 of the engineered stone 100 in order to anchor the engineered stone 100 to a garden or other ground 130. More specifically, the mounting support rod 107 has a rod tapered end 1071 that penetrates the soil 131 of the ground 130, as best shown in fig. 1. Further, as best shown in fig. 3c, the rod-securing ends 1072 of the landscape stone installation support rods 107 are hidden in the separate rod head spacer 112, and the rod head spacer 112 may be disposed in the first and second halves 104 and 105 of the artificial stone 100. In one embodiment of the invention, the artificial landscape stone 100 is substantially hollow on the inside, including an outer stone body 101 defining an inner hollow space 102. Because the artificial landscape stone 100 is hollow inside, it is light (e.g., only a few pounds in weight), easily relocated to a different location in a garden, path, or other landscaping environment, with minimal effort on the user, and minimal risk of injury to the user.
In one embodiment of the present invention, the artificial landscape stone 100 is made of a durable, weather resistant plastic including, but not limited to, one or more of polyethylene, rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polypropylene, polyurethane, epoxy, unsaturated polyester resins, acrylates, methacrylates, and the like. But other materials, such as rubber or other suitable materials, are also contemplated. In addition, the artificial landscape stone 100 is preferably coated with a coating layer protecting and decorating the outer surface 103 of the artificial stone 100. The coating of the exterior surface 103 of the engineered stone 100 may be achieved using one or more coatings from the following non-exhaustive list, namely architectural coatings, powder coatings, enamels, varnishes, and the like. Further, in one embodiment, the artificial stone 100 may be coated with a luminescent powder to make the artificial stone 100 luminesce in the dark and at night, thereby making the artificial stone 100 elegant in appearance. It should be noted, however, that the synthetic stone 100 may be made of materials other than plastic.
The artificial stone 100 of the present invention is preferably manufactured through one injection molding operation. More specifically, a plastic material is melted in an injection molding machine and then injected into a mold in the shape of the artificial stone 100, and the plastic is then cooled and solidified into the final artificial stone 100. Injection molding is commonly used to produce relatively thin-walled plastic parts for a wide range of applications, the most common of which is plastic housings.
Figure 2a shows an internal partially exploded perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone 100 of the present invention, including a first half 104 and a second half 105, according to the disclosed structure. More specifically, each half 104, 105 also comprises an outer stone body 101, the outer stone body 101 defining an inner hollow space 102 and having the shape and color of the outer surface 103 of natural stone. In addition, the half 104 or 105 (second half 105 in fig. 2 a-c) also includes landscape stone mounting support rods 107 for anchoring the engineered stone 100 to a garden or ground 130.
The landscape stone installation support rod 107 further includes a rod tapered end 1071 and a rod securing end 1072, wherein the rod tapered end 1071 of the rod 107 is sufficiently sharp to be easily inserted into the ground 130 by a user (not shown) without difficulty, and the rod securing end 1072 is the portion of the rod 107 that is removably secured to the engineered stone 100, as will be more fully described below. The landscape stone mounting support rods 107 may be made of any lighter material, including but not limited to plastic, wood, or any sharp metal, to securely anchor the engineered stone 100 to the ground 130.
Figure 2b shows a partially exploded side perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone 100 of the present invention, according to the disclosed structure, wherein the first half 104 is to be connected with the second half 105. Fig. 2c shows a side perspective view of the landscape stone 100 of fig. 2c, wherein the first half 104 and the second half 105 are joined together (permanently or temporarily) and supported by landscape stone mounting support rods 107. The bottom surface 108 of the artificial stone 100 is manufactured with or without the landscape stone installation support bars 107, and the artificial stone 100 can be manufactured by melting and connecting the first half 104 and the second half 105 of the artificial stone 100 only with one injection molding operation. The engineered stone 100 produced by this method is typically small in size, hollow, and ready to install.
Fig. 3a shows a partially exploded perspective view of the interior of an alternative embodiment of the landscape stone 100 of the present invention, and fig. 3b shows a partially exploded side perspective view of the landscape stone 100, in accordance with the disclosed structure. In this embodiment, the first half 104 and the second half 105 can be made as separate pieces that are assembled by the user during installation of the synthetic stone 100 and after packaging and shipping, thereby enabling more efficient packaging and shipping of the synthetic stone 100.
As mentioned above, each half 104, 105 also comprises an outer stone body 101 defining an inner hollow space 102 and having an outer surface 103 of the same shape and colour as natural stone. In addition, in the present embodiment, the artificial stone 100 further includes a separate landscape stone installation support rod 107 for anchoring the artificial stone 100 to the landscape or ground 130.
Fig. 3c shows a side perspective view of the landscape stone 100 of fig. 3a and 3b, the landscape stone 100 having a landscape stone mounting support rod 107 comprised of a head securing end 1072 and a tapered end 1071, the support rod 107 being securely snapped into the ground. More specifically, the two halves 104, 105 are assembled together and the club head securing end 1072 is connected to the club head insulation 112 disposed in the half structures 104 and 105. The head spacer 112 is a hollow structure formed inside the landscape stone base 108 of the halves 104, 105 and is sized to fit the rod securing end 1072, thus conveniently securing the mounting rod 107 within the head spacer 112 of the artificial stone 100. After the mounting rod 107 is secured within the rod head compartment 112, the landscape stone 100 may be conveniently anchored to the ground 130 using the rod tapered end 1071.
The various sizes of engineered stone 100 manufactured and shipped as individual components are easier to package and transport than a monolithic piece of engineered stone due to the reduced packaging voids. More specifically, the individual components of the first half 104, the second half 105, and the landscape stone mounting support rods 107 may be manufactured separately. The individual components are relatively small in size and can be nested during packaging. In addition, the user can easily assemble various components after receiving the artificial stone 100. For example, as best shown in fig. 3 a-3 c, the first half 104 may further include a plurality of male connectors 110 and the second half 105 may include a plurality of corresponding recesses 111 for mating engagement with the male connectors 110. As best shown in fig. 3c, the male connector 110 and the recess 111 are preferably provided at the junction 106 of the first half 104 and the second half 105, and the male connector 110 and the recess 111 may be placed on either half 104, 105. As described above, the user can assemble the parts 104 and 105 by locking the male coupler 110 into the groove 111, form the artificial plastic stone 100, and further install the artificial stone 100 in a garden or an outdoor space.
Fig. 4a shows a perspective view of one possible embodiment of the lighter landscape stone 100 of the present invention with the outer stone body 101, landscape stone base 108 and panels 114 installed, according to the disclosed structure. Fig. 4b shows a perspective view of one possible embodiment of the plate 114, the plate 114 preferably being threaded (as shown) for mating engagement with the outer stone body 101. Fig. 4c shows a perspective view of one possible embodiment of a landscape stone installation support rod 107 according to the disclosed structure, the support rod 107 having a rod tapered end 1071 and a rod fixed end 1072, as described above.
Fig. 4d shows a top perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone 100 of the present invention, the landscape stone 100 having an outer stone body 101 defining an interior hollow space 102, thereby reducing the overall weight of the landscape stone 100, the benefits of which are described above. Fig. 4e shows a top perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone base 108, fig. 4f shows a top perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone mounting support rods 107, and fig. 4g shows a side perspective view of one possible embodiment of the fully assembled landscape stone 100 of the present invention. The fully assembled landscape stone 100 includes an outer stone body 101 defining an interior hollow space 102; a landscape stone outer surface 103 that may be colored and/or textured to the appearance of natural stone; a landscape stone installation support rod 107 having a rod tapered end 1071 and a rod fixing end 1072; a landscape stone bottom 108; and a plate 114 located within the interior hollow space 102 and proximate the landscape stone base 108. More specifically, as best shown in fig. 4c and 4g, rod securing end 1072 may be threadably matingly engaged with the threaded opening of plate 114.
While fig. 4g depicts an irregularly shaped fully assembled landscape stone 100, it should be appreciated that the various components thereof may be more efficiently manufactured and packaged individually to reduce the amount of packaging voids present when packaging irregularly shaped larger items, thereby reducing the amount of packaging material required and the corresponding shipping costs. After receiving the artificial stone, the user can easily assemble the components, such as the outer stone body 101, the panels 114 and the landscape stone mounting support rods 107, to form the artificial plastic stone 100, and install the assembled landscape stone 100 in a garden or other outdoor space.
In general, FIG. 5 shows yet another embodiment of a height adjustable landscape stone 100 having a plurality of stackable layers 109. More specifically, fig. 5a shows a partially exploded side perspective view of one possible embodiment of a landscape stone 100, the landscape stone 100 including an outer stone body 101 defining an interior hollow space 102, an outer landscape stone surface 103 that may be colored and/or textured to the appearance of natural stone; a landscape stone installation support rod 107 having a rod tapered end 1071 and a rod fixing end 1072; a landscape stone bottom 108; a plate 114 located within the interior hollow space 102 and proximate the landscape stone base 108; and an additional layer 109, the additional layer 109 removably attached to the stone body 101 to increase the overall height/size of the synthetic stone 100. Fig. 5b shows a top perspective view of one possible embodiment of the additional layer 109, which additional layer 109 may be made of the same material as the body portion 101.
Fig. 5c shows a side perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone 100 of the present invention with an additional plastic layer 109 attached to the landscape stone 100 to increase the overall height/size of the engineered stone 100. Fig. 5d shows a side perspective view of one possible embodiment of the landscape stone 100 with multiple additional plastic layers 1091, 1092 and respective plates 114, in accordance with the disclosed structure. The additional layer 109 is preferably placed between the first and second plates 114 such that the rods 107 are connected to the plates 114 placed at the bottom of the additional layer 109 and the landscape stone body 101 is placed on top of the plates 114 placed on top of the additional layer 109 to form the heightened whole stone structure 100. The layers, panels and body portions may be fixedly attached to one another with adhesive or may be removably attached by threaded and mating engagement of the components. In this manner, a user need only add or remove plate 109 to achieve any desired height/size.
As previously mentioned, the artificial landscape stone 100 of the present invention may be coated with a luminescent powder coating 115 on all or a portion of the outer surface 103 thereof, so that the artificial stone 100 emits light in the dark, enabling a user to see the way, for example, at night. In addition, the artificial landscape stone 100 structure helps the soil to retain moisture, preventing soil erosion. In addition, the artificial landscape stone 100 may be coated with an ultraviolet protective coating to prevent the fading of the landscape stone surface 103 and ultraviolet damage caused by sunlight. Finally, it is also contemplated that the artificial landscape stone 100 may be made of recycled materials such as recycled plastics, thereby making the landscape stone 100 environmentally friendly.
Certain terms are used throughout the following description and claims to refer to particular features or components. Those skilled in the art will appreciate that different persons may refer to the same feature or component by different names. This document does not intend to distinguish between components or features that differ in name but not structure or function. As used herein, "artificial stone", "plastic stone", "light stone", "artificial plastic landscape stone", "plastic landscape stone" and "landscape stone" are used interchangeably and refer to the light artificial plastic stone of the present invention. The terms "pole", "landscape stone installation support pole" and "pile" also have the same meaning as the anchoring elements of the landscape stone bottom surface, and may be used interchangeably.
Nevertheless, the lightweight artificial landscape stone 100 of the present invention and its various structural components may take any suitable size, shape, color and configuration known in the art without affecting the overall concept of the present invention, provided that the above objectives are achieved. It should be understood by those of ordinary skill in the art that the shape and size of the lightweight synthetic plastic stone 100 and its various components as shown are for illustration only, and that many other shapes and sizes of lightweight synthetic stone 100 are within the scope of the present disclosure. While the dimensions (i.e., length, width, height) of the lightweight engineered stone 100 and its components are important design parameters for achieving good performance, the lightweight engineered stone 100 and its components can be any shape or dimension that ensures optimal performance during use and/or meets user needs and/or preferences.
The foregoing includes examples of the claimed subject matter. It is, of course, not possible to describe every conceivable combination of components or methodologies for purposes of describing the claimed subject matter, but one of ordinary skill in the art may recognize that many further combinations and permutations of the claimed subject matter are possible. Accordingly, the claimed subject matter is intended to embrace all such alterations, modifications and variations that fall within the spirit and scope of the appended claims. Furthermore, to the extent that the term "includes" is used in either the detailed description or the claims, such term is intended to be inclusive in a manner similar to the term "comprising" as "comprising" is interpreted when employed as a transitional word in a claim.

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1. An artificial landscape stone comprising:
a first landscape stone and a second landscape stone, wherein the first landscape stone and the second landscape stone each have a bottom;
a support mounting bar connected to the bottom of the first landscape stone or the second landscape stone, wherein the support mounting bar has a bar-tapered end and a bar-fixed end; and
having an outer surface with the appearance of natural stone.
2. The artificial landscape stone of claim 1, wherein the rod-securing ends are concealed in separate rod-end compartments in the first and second landscape stones.
3. The artificial landscape stone of claim 1, wherein the first and second landscape stones each have an internal hollow space therein.
4. The artificial landscape stone of claim 1, wherein the first and second landscape stones are made of one or more of polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene, polyurethane, rubber, epoxy, unsaturated polyester resin, acrylate and methacrylate.
5. The artificial landscape stone of claim 1, wherein the outer surface is coated with a luminescent powder.
6. The artificial landscape stone of claim 1, wherein the support mounting rods are comprised of one or more of plastic, wood and metal.
7. The artificial landscape stone of claim 1, wherein the first landscape stone has a plurality of connectors and the second landscape stone has a plurality of grooves matingly engaged with the plurality of connectors to connect the first and second landscape stones.
8. The artificial landscape stone of claim 7, wherein the plurality of connectors and the plurality of troughs are disposed at the junctions of the first and second landscape stones.
9. A process for making an artificial stone comprising the steps of:
providing a material;
melting the material in an injection molding machine;
and injecting the materials into a mold, and manufacturing a first landscape stone, a second landscape stone and a support mounting rod.
10. The manufacturing process of claim 9, wherein the first and second landscape stones are connected together after injecting the material into the mold.
11. The manufacturing process of claim 10, wherein the first landscape stone and the second landscape stone are fixedly connected.
12. A height-adjustable landscape stone comprising:
a stone body having an outer surface defining an interior void and a bottom;
a first plate and a second plate;
a first layer at least partially between the first and second panels and proximate the bottom, wherein an opening is provided;
a support mounting bar coupled to the second plate, wherein at least a portion of the second plate is positioned in the opening of the first layer.
13. The height adjustable landscape stone of claim 12, wherein the first layer is comprised of plastic.
14. The height adjustable landscape stone of claim 12, wherein the first layer is connected to the second plate by a waterproof adhesive.
15. The height adjustable landscape stone of claim 12, wherein the outer surface is coated with a luminescent powder.
16. The height adjustable landscape stone of claim 12, wherein the outer surface is coated with an ultraviolet protective coating.
17. The height adjustable landscape stone of claim 12, further comprising a second layer and a third plate.
18. The height adjustable landscape stone of claim 12, wherein the support mounting bar comprises a bar securing end and a bar tapered end.
19. The height adjustable landscape stone of claim 12, wherein the stone body further comprises a first half and a second half.
20. The height adjustable landscape stone of claim 12, wherein the outer surface has the appearance of natural stone.
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