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Copper Sprinkler Works Blog - From Our Garden to Yours
Sunday, 21 October 2012 14:12

Getting ready for winter

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.

Published in Miscellaneous
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 00:00

Spruce up an ordinary bird bath

We had been selling sprinklers and small indoor fountains at art and garden shows for a while when one of our customers asked if we had ever made a fountain for a bird bath.  You could have heard us smack our heads ala "I could have had a V8!" (no promotional value for V8 here - we're just saying...).  <

Charlie went back to his workshop and created two models - the single morning glory and the double morning glory.  They've been used in a variety of settings - bird baths, ponds, and indoor installations where a little water splash isn't a major concern.

We were a bit skeptical when we set the first one up in our backyard nearly ten years ago.  Would birds like it? Could/would they use it? There were no "takers" for a couple weeks, but as the birds adjusted to the new element in our yard, they started to hop on the flowers and take sips of water. Over the years, we've watched lots of birds (particularly chickadees and finches) take baths perched on the fountain flowers and rocks under the water streams.  Even robins get in on the action. Robins take full advantage of any water available to them when they are bathing (they are great fun to watch; as a heads-up, the water supply in the fountain usually needs to be replenished after these bad boys take their baths.

Currently, our bird bath sits under our dining room window. From there, we can watch birds come and go for their water routines (and to eat from the feeders).

If you are installing a fountain in a bird bath, you will need one that is at least four inches deep so that the pump is covered. We place rocks in the bottom of our bird bath to help stabilize the copper artwork, but more importantly, to give our bird friends a place to land.

See our two copper fountains here.

Published in Not just for the birds
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