Winter is Coming! Your Outdoor Garden Accent Pieces need protection!
Many of you live in Provinces and States that have a definite Winter climate. Your outdoor garden accents will need protection from the winter freeze and thaw that takes place during the next few months.
Cast Stone Planters and Birdbaths
Both of these accents will be susceptible to collecting water. When temperatures freeze, water that is caught within the crevices will expand. The result will be damage to your planters and cracked birdbaths. Statues, fountains, and benches will also be in danger. The simplest way to avoid any problems is to lift them up out of any standing divots that will accumulate water.
Get yourself some pressure treated wood and cut them into lengths that will allow you to raise your planters, benches, and statues up out of harm’s way. Freezing temperatures will not harm them but standing in puddles will certainly shorten their lifespan. Emptying your planters and turning them upside down, is the best thing for them. But if you don’t want to do that you can leave them filled with soil, so long as the drainage holes remain unblocked. Cover them with an old blanket or towel and then wrap them in some dark plastic. This will warm them up through the daylight hours, so no water accumulation should occur. Truly, it’s better to empty them and start with fresh soil in the spring.
Any fountain should be emptied of any water in its bowl(s). All pumps hoses and rings should be removed and placed into a plastic bag that has been marked as belonging to the garden fountain. These should be stored indoors. Most of these housings are made of plastics or rubber hoses that are just not meant for freezing temperatures. Clean out the bowls and cover them with plastic so that no water can pool up in any of the bowls. Check on your garden accents from time to time. If there is any water within, make sure you empty it again. If your fountain is a large one that cannot be moved into a sheltered area, then please take the time to ensure that it remains empty throughout the winter months.
Glazed and Terra Cotta Planters
These garden accent pieces will most certainly be damaged if left outside for the winter months. I have lost a few beautiful pots, that because I did not get them into a dry area for the winter. These pots are expensive if you have to replace them every year. A little extra care with them will keep them beautiful for years to come.