The Return Of Old Man Winter and How to Protect Your Garden Decor

Preparing your outdoor space for the chill that is about to approach is very important if you want to prolong the life of your outdoor statues, fountains, and planters.  Maybe you have stumbled upon our blog in the past and seen our notes on how to winterize, or maybe you are new stopping in (Welcome!), either way we want to remind or teach you how you should properly care for those outdoor pieces.

Many fiberglass fountains are lightweight enough to bring indoors for the cooler months.  You should start to consider the transition of these pieces inside once the weather begins to reach the freezing mark. Lightweight fountains that can easily be disassembled, should be taken apart and stored indoors.  This will truly help prolong the life of your water feature.  Even lightweight pots should be brought indoors wherever possible. If you need to leave your fountain outdoors, please make sure to at least remove the pump from the fountain and bring it inside.  With the electrical components inside, it is important to protect the pump. You should also make sure your fountain is empty if leaving it outdoors.  Drain all of the water out and cover, if possible, to eliminate any water or precipitation that could possibly collect inside.

How about my garden statues you ask?  Well garden statues are a bit easier.  If made from cast stone, these pieces can easily be left out during the winter months.  Most statues do not have areas where water can collect so it is much safer to leave them in the elements.  If you have your statues out in the garden, or another location where they are touching ground, you should consider lifting them off of the ground where ever possible.  This can easily be done with wood strips or shims (which you may already have, if not they can be purchased at your local hardware store) so that the statue cannot freeze to the ground.  We often forget that precipitation not only collections, but when the ground collects water it can also freeze to garden accents.

If you purchase a cast stone fountain this year and opted not to purchase a fountain cover along with it, because hey, its summer after all.  Now is the time to reconsider.  Covering your fountain during the freezing months is one of the most important up keep elements of owning outdoor decor. All cast stone fountains should also be drained completely, on most cast stone fountains this can easily be done by removing the stopper that is located in the basin of a fountain.  Pumps should be removed, as we have previously discussed, and stored indoors.  (Don’t worry.. you fountain will be up and running just as soon as old man winter leaves!)  Once you have removed all of the water and pump it is time to dress your fountain for winter.  Fountain covers are the easiest thing to use as they are designed specifically to cover fountains from the elements. We will be able to tell you which fountain cover the manufacturer suggests for your fountain if you are unsure.  If you have decided to not purchase a fountain cover, then it is time to dig for some old blankets and a tarp!  It is very very important to remember that cast stone fountains cannot be covered with just a tarp.  A tarp will actually cause moisture to remain trapped inside.  This can lead to peeling of a finish and cracking of concrete.  Wrapping your fountain in an old blanket or towel is the first step to properly winterizing your fountain. After wrapping with the absorbent material, you then want to cover the fountain with a tarp. Secure the tarp so it does not come loose in wind, rain or snow.

With these few simple suggestions, you can easily make sure your fountains, statues and planters make it through to celebrate another spring!  For more information on winter care, please visit our Use & Care Section. If you are ever unsure about how to properly winterize, feel free to drop us an e-mail, chat live on our web site, or call our US-based Customer Care team! We’re happy to help!
By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team