How to Winterize Water Features in Your Yard

There is no doubt now that summer has passed and the cold, dark winter is approaching. There are plenty of overwintering techniques at hand to help keep your water features safe over the colder season.

With winter coming, there’s a lot to do to prepare for the season. From stocking up on shovels, firewood, and salt to getting all of your winter coats and accessories out of storage, we know that you wish to leave no stone unturned. This includes something that might not immediately come to mind, which is winterizing the various parts of your yard—especially any water features you may have. To help you take care of this cold weather chore, we’ve rounded up instructions, tips, and tricks to guide you through keeping your water features protected all winter long!

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Fountains and Small Water Features

Remove Plants

The first step in winterizing your water features is to remove any plants that exist around the space. This can occur as late as during the first frost of the season, although we recommend getting it done prior to that point of the winter! Once the physical plants are gone, remove any remaining debris from the plants that may be floating around your water feature or that has fallen around it. At this point, you’ll also need to decide whether you want to keep your plants and preserve them over the winter or get rid of them and replant new ones when the warm weather returns.

Clear Algae

You’ll definitely want to make sure you get rid of any algae that exists within your water feature as you get it ready for the winter. To do this, use a water-activated granular algaecide. Keep in mind that ridding the feature of algae completely may mean you have to scrub it clean.

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