Having a garden fountain as part of your home landscape provides an ideal space to unwind and connect with nature. There’s a sense of peace that comes from sitting by a serene pond or fountain, especially after a long day of work or navigating through city traffic like in Atlanta. Nonetheless, while outdoor water features add beauty to the surroundings, they do require some maintenance to keep them in their best condition.
Ensure your garden fountain or water feature remains a tranquil retreat by making its maintenance an integral part of your routine. By following these garden fountain maintenance tips, you can ensure that your water feature consistently brings you joy and relaxation.
Garden Fountain Maintenance Tips
- Proper Water Level Maintenance: Be sure to keep the water level at the proper point. Typically, the pump needs to be fully submerged in water. If it gets too low it can make a difference in how well the pump will work. Maintaining proper water levels is especially important during the summer when Georgia weather can be hot and dry.
- Surface Protection with a Sealer: Protect the surface of the fountain with a sealer. Depending on the location of your pond and the type of fountain, you might need to do this every few years. However, it is worth it as this will increase its lifespan and help it look beautiful for years to come.
- Cleaning the Fountain Sides: Take time to clean the sides of the fountain with a non-abrasive cloth. This will keep it looking shiny and prevent the buildup of dirt, pollen, and dust.
- Fountain Cleaning: Clean the garden fountain according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Some fountains require specific cleaning agents, so check your user’s manual before getting started
- Proper Pump Maintenance and Operation: Don’t turn off the pump and leave it sitting in the pond or water feature for extended periods of time. This will cause corrosion and encourage algae growth. Keeping the pump running actually helps extend its life as well as help keep the water clean.
- Cleaning with Water and Vinegar Solution: Depending on the type of pump used for the garden fountain, you may need to periodically detach it from the fountain and place it in a solution of water and vinegar (2 parts vinegar, 1 part water). This will help clean out the lines and allow it to run more efficiently.
- Periodic Draining and Refilling: Minimize the growth of algae in your fountain and pond by draining and refilling your outdoor fountain periodically. This will prevent water stagnation.
- Eco-Friendly Cleaning Agents for Pond Maintenance: Keep your scaled, furry, and feather friends in mind when cleaning your pond, and only use agents that are eco-friendly.
- Preventing Clogs and Debris Removal: Remove any twigs, plant fragments, etc. that can get sucked into the pump and clog it. Be sure to keep weeds and excessive plant growth away from the edges of your pond.
This is it! If you notice any cracks, have them repaired sooner, not later. When cleaning the fountain, handle it with care so as to prevent any damage.
Garden fountains are a beautiful water feature of any landscape. If you will take just a few minutes from time to time to keep it clean, then it will be a place where you will find hours of pleasure for years to come.
If you have additional concerns or questions about your fountain or pond, be sure to contact the Outdoor Makeover and Construction team. We will be happy to assist you!