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Winter Care of Garden Fountains & Accessories
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One of the most common questions we hear is what to do with a garden fountain or accessory in areas where freezes are common. Proper winter care is required for all cast stone, fiberglass, ceramic, and terra cotta products to protect them from the freeze-thaw cycles which occur during the winter. Any garden
fountain or statuary that can hold water, snow, or ice, such as a planter or birdbath can be damaged by the winter freeze-thaw cycle. Below are some suggestions for minimizing the possibility of damage to your garden fountains and accessories.

1. Original Placement

Try to always place your statuary, benches or birdbaths on a firm, solid foundation and not directly on open soil, grass, or uneven surfaces. While this seems basic, consider that accumulated water or ice can make a fountain imbalanced, and can cause a garden fountain or birdbath to topple.

2. Cast Stone & Concrete Benches/Bird baths/Statuary/Shells

If at all possible, bird bath tops should not remain outside in winter because if it fills with water, snow, or ice and freezes, the natural expansion effect will cause the top to crack. All birdbaths should be stored indoors in winter, be it garage or garden shed. Also, concrete or cast stone bench legs, decorative statuary, and garden fountains should be raised off the ground in the winter to avoid the possible damage which could result if the product freezes to the ground surface.

3. Products made from Cast Stone or Concrete

For planters to be left in place, with plants in them, over the winter, here are a few suggestions. First, raise it off the ground. This can best be accomplished by placing two pressure treated wood planks under the edges of the planter. Take care not to block the drainage hole. Contact with the wet ground during a freeze-thaw cycle could cause your planters to crack, chip, or crumble. Secondly, if possible, bring the planter indoors during the winter. Even if it is in a cold, unheated garage, at least it will be dry. Third, if you must leave an unplanted container outdoors during the winter, turn it upside down, on the aforementioned treated lumber stripes, and cover with burlap or other absorbent material, and then cover with thick, dark plastic, like lawn & leaf trash bags.

4. Polyethylene Planters/Statuary

Poly (plastic and related materials) garden planters and decorative statuary are lightweight, mostly durable, resistant to extreme temperature fluctuations, and UV resistant. Some color variation is common due to the molding production process. The mold production process may cause color variation, which enhances the natural beauty of the product. Keep clean and dry in winter, and if a poly planter or fountain is left outside for the winter, cover it to keep water from accumulating.

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