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DOUG’S BLOG – Winter Care of Concrete Fountains and Statuary

By Doug Hensel
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THESE CONCRETE ITEMS NEED OUR ATTENTION THIS TIME OF YEAR

Adding structure, such as fountains and statuary, is a very popular trend in landscape design. Last Monday we had our true first taste of cold wintry weather when our high was only in the ’30s and we “officially” had one inch of snow.

Now that December is here and winter here in a week, it is time to take care of our outdoor garden accents. The reason giving them attention this time of year is because extreme and rapid changes in temperature and humidity may adversely affect concrete items, as concrete has a tendency to expand and contract with these changes. The ideal solution is to store your fountains or statuary away from direct exposure to the elements.

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO HELP YOUR CONCRETE PIECES SURVIVE THE WINTER

  • Drain fountains thoroughly.
  • Remove pumps and all small pieces, storing them inside.
  • Cover the entire fountain with a fountain cover. Fill bowls with absorbent materials, such as towels and blankets, to absorb any condensation that may form on the inside of the cover.
  • Small fountains and birdbaths may be inverted so that water will not pool inside.
  • Do not let fountains or statuary sit in freezing water.
  • Statuary with design features that may collect or retain water should be covered or stored inside.
  • Make sure that your concrete planters drain properly. Check to see that drainage holes are not clogged.

Concrete fountains and statuary are not cheap. Let’s be smart and protect them for the next few months.

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