Keeping your garden and home at tip top shape can be tough when you’re not there. Your home is your castle and this is the case whether empty or full. These tips are there to help ensure that even when nobody is there your fountain is cared for and looked after.
Keeping your fountain clean is as important as maintaining proper water levels. Wiping the inner bowl of the fountain on a regular basis using a non-abrasive cloth will not only keep it looking shiny and beautiful but will also prevent against the build-up of dust and dirt. At the same time, it is important that you remember to clean and refill your outdoor fountain’s pump regularly as a dry pump will likely end up breaking down, requiring you to buy a new one as a result.
Cleaning Your Fountain
Cleaning the pump and bowl is essential in improving the longevity of your garden fountain. It is important that you empty your bowl and scrub it lightly using some dish detergent and a toothbrush every 1-3 months. But before you start cleaning your outdoor garden fountain, it is advisable that you refer to the fountain’s manual to find out if there are any special cleaning methods highlighted. Some garden fountains require filtered water and algae additives to aid in the breaking down of calcium and mould build up.
Before removing your fountain’s pump, it is vital that you refer to the guide provided for by the fountain’s manufacturer on how to properly detach and clean it. Once you have removed it and opened it up, place it in a vinegar solution for an easy and convenient cleaning solution.
Preventing Against The Growth of Algae
Apart from replacing the fountain’s water on a monthly basis, consider buying some algae cleaner. Algae cleaner goes a long way in minimizing the chances of algae growth and will help keep the fountain’s water fresh. Always remember that algae, just like any growing organism, experiences exponential growth when placed in areas that are well-lit. If algae growth continues to be a problem for you, then consider moving your fountain to a shaded area. Here are some good tips.
The Right Water Levels for Your Fountain
As earlier mentioned, a fountain’s water levels play a crucial role in the maintenance of a healthy pump. Your outdoor garden fountain’s water levels should be checked on a daily basis – make sure that you add small amounts of water at every interval. It is advisable that you drain and refill your fountain with fresh water every month to prevent water from stagnating. Drier months, like during summer, can cause water in your fountain’s bowl to evaporate faster than during months with milder temperatures. As such, it is advisable that you check water levels more often during these months.
Outdoor Garden Fountain Winter Care
In severe winter regions and during seasonal climates, large outdoor fountains should be moved indoors to keep them from freezing and cracking, especially if you own a marble fountain. Should moving your garden fountain indoors prove to be quite the undertaking, consider completely draining it, drying it up using a non-abrasive cloth before placing a fountain cover over it to serve as a shield against the weather.