Autumn and Your Backyard

Fountain Cover

Autumn is the time of year when we all start to looking forward to those cool crisp mornings and the beautiful changing of a green scene into a colorful orange, yellow, and red scenic view.

Fall also brings cool temperatures that beg you to open your windows and enjoy the cool fresh air that flows through. When opening your windows, you may glance into your backyard and see the beautiful cast stone fountain you had been wishing for, for many summers past, finally out in your very own backyard creating the perfect garden scene.  If this is your first year owning your outdoor garden fountain, you may be wonder what the effects of this comfortably cool weather will have on water features.

An outdoor water feature requires some attention when the cool weather approaches.  It is a good idea to set aside a specific time each year (think spring clean or fall cleaning) to also spend some extra time with your outdoor fountain.  If you live in a geographic area that receive below freezing temperatures, you need to make sure that your outdoor accents are properly cared for.

When at all possible, it is always best to store your outdoor accents indoors for the freezing weather. A great place is often a storage shed that is located in the backyard or even the garage.  This limits the effects weather elements can have on these items.  We do understand though, that this isn’t always possible. When your fountain is either too large or you simply just are not able to bring it indoors due to lack of space, then you need to prepare to winterize.  Winterizing a fountain may seem like it might be a daunting task but with a few simple steps, you can have your fountain protected for all the snow that Old Man Winter may bring your way this year.

You always want to first start by draining your fountain of any existing water.  It is important to drain the water so once the freezing weather does come, it cannot cycle into a freeze and thaw process.  Once you remove the water, your should also remove the pump.  Your fountain pumps should always be stored indoors for the duration of the cool weather.  This is extremely important because when an electrical item, such as your pump, is left out in the winter weather it will most likely not operate properly when the spring air arrives.

After all of the water has been emptied and the pump removed, you will want to cover your fountain with a fountain cover.  Many manufacturers sell fountain covers that can easily be placed over your fountain for the winter months.  If you do not have a fountain cover, you can easily create your own.  You first want to start with an absorbent material such as an old blanket or towel.  Your fountain should then be wrapped with this absorbent material, completely.  Once it is wrapped, you now want to cover the entire fountain in a tarp, or other plastic material.  Make sure the tarp is securely around the fountain and that it will not come loose if a blizzard rolls through.

Once it is all wrapped for the winter, you should also consider lifting the base of the fountain off of the ground.  This can easily be done with pot feet, risers, or wooden shims.  This will help make sure your fountain cannot freeze to the ground.

As your enjoying the autumn air, don’t forget about all those wonderful elements you enjoyed during the spring and summer months!

By: Susan Soler of the Team