Winter can be a difficult time for your garden, so here are a few tips, courtesy of our experts at Rosehill Gardens, that will help you with maintenance for water features this season.
As with most aspects of your garden, the key lies in good, early preparation. You should start preparing your water feature for the winter before the temperature starts to drop below the freezing point.
Where possible, water features should be disassembled and stored in a shed or garage until the weather improves. However, this is not always possible, especially if you have cast stone fountains. In this case, you should begin by draining all of the water from the fountain before the first frost.
Once your water features are drained, remove the pump and clean it thoroughly before you store it for the winter. If needed, clean the remaining structure before it is covered.
For fountains, our experts recommend purchasing suitable covers. These covers are waterproof, so they stop moisture from getting into the stonework over the winter months. Many also come with a drawstring bottom. This addition stops smaller animals from using your water fountain as an unsuitable winter home.
If you cannot find such a cover, you can use blankets or towels to cover the fountain and sit in the tiers. It is imperative that you prevent the water from getting into the structure; frozen water within the structure can cause the fountain to crack and become unstable.
For more information on maintenance for water features, landscaping, and so much more, contact Rosehill Gardens at 816-877-9175 and we’ll be happy to help you find the suitable solution for your home!