fountains can really add a lot of tranquility and beauty
to a garden. You want to be sure that you properly take care of your
outdoor fountain so that you can enjoy it for many years to come.
Here are some helpful suggestions on how to care for and light your
Winter Upkeep of Outdoor Fountains
Concrete outdoor fountains require a certain extra amount of care
that other outdoor fountains may not. For instance, concrete expands
and contracts in cold weather, and this can lead to cracking. Therefore,
if possible, you should definitely move your concrete outdoor fountain
indoors for ultimate protection during the winter.
Of course, concrete outdoor fountains can be pretty heavy, especially
the large ones, and, therefore, you may not be able to move it indoors
(or even move it at all!). In this case, you should make sure that
your fountain stays dry all winter… check it often to see if
water is collecting in it.
No matter what sort of fountain you have, you want to be sure that
you remove the pump and store it indoors during the winter. You also
ought to cover and wrap your fountain with towels, blankets, tarps,
or other materials that will shield and protect it from severe cold.
Cover it entirely.
Summer Upkeep of Outdoor Fountains
Keep your pump from clogging by cleaning out debris. Clean out the
debris from your outdoor fountains once a week or more.
To clean your fountain, add an algae removing solution to your fountain.
If you do not have such a solution, you add a little bit of bleach.
Of course, if you have pets, or if any animals can get near your fountain,
do not use bleach. There are animal-friendly cleaners out there.
Lighting for Your Outdoor Fountain
Alright, so the lighting of your outdoor fountain is not really a
measure of upkeep, but it does make your fountain look better at night!
An awesome effect is created by underwater lighting. Consider having
colored lighting for a more serene effect.
If you want the surface of the water to look mirrored, have your
lighting come from beneath your fountain.
The most important thing to know if you have an outdoor fountain
is how to enjoy it. How, you ask, do you enjoy your outdoor fountain?
It is simple. All you need to do is pull up a chair and relax to the
soothing sounds and sights of your outdoor fountain.