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Sunday, 21 October 2012 14:12

Getting ready for winter

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Bird bath fountain in late fall Bird bath fountain in late fall Copper Sprinkler Works LLC

We just returned from a week “up north” (yes, even central Wisconsinites go even further north for their vacations).

When we left, trees were in full color. When we returned, all the trees had dropped their leaves. It is fall clean-up time. We keep our fall chores to a minimum mostly because we want to be able to enjoy the beauty of the season (all seasons are beautiful – it’s just how you look at them).

Today we headed out to rake some areas and drag those leaves deeper into the woods, creating compost piles that we won’t even recognize by next spring. Soon we’ll pull our bird fountain. While copper is definitely able to withstand the elements, it’s a good idea to move your sprinklers and fountains inside (a garage, toolshed, etc. is fine). Be sure to drain them (turn them upside down, give a gentle shake) so that no water is trapped which could freeze and perhaps weaken your piece.

If your copper piece doesn’t actively interact with water (a statue, for example), you can typically leave it in place throughout the winter season. We have a wind-spinner that is about 15 years old. We leave it out all year. It provides birds with a place to sit in the middle of our garden while they hunt for whatever food may still be available.

And speaking of birds – if you feed them, continue to do so. Even more importantly, provide them with water throughout the winter months. We keep a heated bird bath just outside our dining room window and are rewarded by visitors of all (bird) types throughout the winter.

Remember, enjoy the season – whichever one it is.

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