Spring Cleaning – Getting Your Garden Fountain Ready

As the weather shifts to a more pleasant temperature and spring and summer approach, many gardeners start daydreaming about the beautiful flowers and greenery to come. Flowerpots are pulled from storage sheds, new seeds and bulbs line planting benches, and religious statues and lawn ornaments are dusted off in preparation for display. This is also the ideal time to consider an important garden centerpiece: the outdoor fountain. Unlike solid concrete statues, fountains have internal parts that must be cleaned and considered for optimum performance. Wondering where to start? Here are a few important tips on getting your fountain prepared to take the summer spotlight:

For Fountains in Storage
Ideally, your garden fountain has been wrapped and tucked away somewhere sheltered from winter weather, or at the least drained and covered in a heavy layer of plastic wrap. if, conversely, you were a bit forgetful last year, some maintenance may be in order. The most important prep step is to check the internal lines – wait for a warm day in early spring and flush the internal water lines with lukewarm water. This will help clear out dust, debris, and any insect stowaways that have hidden in there during the colder weather. This step will also allow you to look for any leaks or shifted seals that can affect water flow – if hard water or calcium buildup is affecting flow, try removing any metal components (if you are able to) and soaking them overnight in a calcium buildup removing solution.

For New Garden Fountains
If you’ve just bought a new fountain for your garden, you’re in for a treat! The gently trickling water is a beautiful experience of sight and sound by itself, and draws brightly colored birds for entertaining views as well. To get the best experience out of your new fountain, you should be sure it is set on a level base to prevent water loss and tipping over. If the placement spot you picked is uneven or prone to muddiness after rains, you should consider pouring a concrete base or using tiles to make a sturdy platform for your fountain. When considering placement, remember that situating your new garden centerpiece near a water source will make it easier to run a water line or refill the basin as needed. If you’ve selected a solar-powered model, be sure your placement area receives enough sun throughout the day to keep it powered.

Accentuate and Appreciate

Once your fountain is ready for the season, don’t forget to “accessorize” it with lawn ornaments that echo its shape and style. Religious statues such as angel statues are always a popular choice, though appropriately sized resin statues are excellent companions for smaller fountains as well. Larger concrete statues can also be used, though they should be placed slightly away from the fountain so they don’t make your lawn decor look overly crowded. No matter what arrangement you select to flank your beautiful garden fountain, you’re sure to appreciate its cheerful presence throughout the entire spring and summer.