If you have ever been to Paris in the winter (and we LOVE Paris in the Winter), you will see that all of the major and even the minor public fountains are drained and remain dry until the threat of freezing is gone. Believe it or not, even some areas of Santa Barbara County experience temperatures below freezing. Not joking… Everything porous absorbs water: stone, cement, terracotta and just like an ice cube, when the water freezes, it expands. The damage wreaked by this expansion when the item thaws ultimately ruins the piece. Over a period of years and depending on the material, it will break down and fall apart. The best protection for your garden products is common sense and our following tips and tricks for helping things to last.
1. Apply a high quality penetrating sealer to help eliminate the porosity of the item
2. Dry, cover or move to a protected area during times of frost
3. Do not allow pieces to become attached or fused to a frozen surface
4. Purchase frost-resistant products such as those sold and recommended by Eye of the Day
5. Maintain existing garden products just like you do your home on an annual basis
6. Send us your questions and we’ll send you our answers via this blog
Now you know. Welcome, Winter!