Garden lovers around world love putting fountains among their flowers, plants, bushes and shrubs. And with Christmas season upon us in U.S., many garden lovers may get their very first fountain as a gift this year.
Fountains make wonderful gifts year round. They're beautiful to look at, and fit well with almost any landscape. They're also quite serene and have a wonderful calming effect. So if you're getting or giving an outdoor water fountain for a gift this year, here are a few caretaking tips you'll want to have on hand...
Many outdoor fountains are made of concrete, and concrete expands and contracts in cold weather. If at all possible, you should move your concrete fountain indoors for winter.
If you're not able to move it indoors, check it frequently to see if there's water collecting in it. You should keep it completely dry during winter months.
If your fountain will stay outdoors throughout winter, you also need to remove pump and store it indoors. Fill, wrap, or cover fountain with blankets, burlap bags, tarp or other protective materials to help shield it from severe cold. Be sure you have fountain covered entirely for maximum protection.