As winter approaches, it is time to make sure your garden decor is prepared for winter.
It is best to store fountains in a garage or shed, if possible. Disassemble tiered fountains so store them easily.
If your fountain is too large, or can’t be disassembled, be sure to remove the pump and tubing. Remove any drain plugs or stoppers and ensure water can still flow freely through them. Gently remove the back of the pump to clean the impeller. Use a toothbrush or small cleaning brush to get into those smaller areas. Running warm water over you pump will help get rid of grim and debris.
Scrub the outside of the fountain to remove algae and white scale buildup. When through, be sure to empty the fountain completely of water and dry thoroughly.
Invest in a fountain cover to help keep moisture off your fountain and helps prevent snow, rain, ice and leaves from building up.
If your birdbath is glass, ceramic, solar, or concrete it is best to store these for winter. Clean with a weak bleach solution and thoroughly dry it before temperatures get too cold. If you are unable to move it to a garage or shed try covering it with a tarp or heavy plastic to protect it from the elements of winter.
Plastic, fiberglass and metal bird baths can be used all year with a few simple modifications. Start by cleaning and removing any algae from the inside and outside of the birdbath.
During the winter, move your birdbath to a sunny location. The more sun the water gets, the longer it will take to freeze. Adding river rocks, or even a tennis ball can also help keep the water from freezing. Using an immersible heater is another option, as well.
To prevent birds from bathing in the freezing temperatures, try adding sticks or twigs for birds to stand on. This helps them drink without submerging themselves in the water. Fresh water is hard to find in those winter months. Using these modifications, will give birds a water source all year.
Most statues can be left out during the winter. Cast stone statues can handle freezing temperatures as long as they do not have areas where water can build up. If they do, consider removing these from the garden, or covering them for the winter. To prevent your statues from freezing to the ground, use wood or shims to raise them.
For additional tips or product advice, visit your local English Gardens to talk with our experts.