You give your plants plenty of attention, but are you ignoring your garden decorations? Over time, the garden statues, water features and garden signs can deteriorate. With a little care, your garden decorations will last much longer.
Sealing garden ornaments is a good way to protect them from the harsh elements outdoors. The sealant locks out moisture to prevent rusting, cracking or other damage. The type of sealant you use depends on the specific type of garden decoration and the material it is made from. Use sealant made for concrete for your concrete garden statues, for example. Use a sealer made for wood to coat your wooden garden signs. It’s best to seal the decorations when they are new. If you seal older ornaments, make sure they are clean before you apply the sealant.
Cleaning is another important part of garden decoration care. The ornaments are outdoors all the time near dirt and other debris. Over time, they will eventually get a little dirty. Spray down the garden ornaments occasionally with the hose. Soap can damage certain materials, so test it out on a hidden area if you want to use soap. Rinse the ornaments thoroughly after cleaning them to make sure all of the dirt gets washed off. You also want to make sure the garden decorations dry thoroughly to prevent damage from the moisture.
Choose a Safe Spot
The location of the garden decorations is also a factor in how long they last. If you place them where they are highly exposed to wind, rain, sun and other elements, they’ll break down faster. If possible, put your garden decorations in a protected area so they don’t get as much exposure to the weather elements.
Garden decorations may be designed to go outdoors, but they shouldn’t stay there year-round, especially if you live in a climate with cold winters. The cold weather, ice and snow does a number of garden decorations, no matter what they are made of. Over time, you’ll likely notice signs of wear or damage if you leave the decorations out in the winter.
Spend a little time in the fall putting your garden decorations away for the season. You’ll want them clean and dry before you put them in storage. A garage or garden shed works for a storage area. If you store them in the basement, make sure the garden decorations aren’t exposed to moisture. Put them on a shelf rather than placing them directly on the floor.