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Caring for Garden Statues

Caring for Garden Statues - Throughout the Year

The elements of nature can be harsh for garden statuary, especially in the colder areas of the country and during the colder or wetter seasons. Special precautions must be taken in order to protect statuary from unnecessary damage.

As focal points of the garden, statuary should be kept in an unspoiled appearance for as long as possible. Quite often, garden statuary are the first things that garden visitors notice, especially during the winter months when the landscape is close to bare.

Throughout the year, painted statues should be placed in an area that offers them some protection from heavy rain, pelting sleet and snow, and excessive sunshine.  While the stone or concrete can usually take somewhat of a beating and hold up well enough to normal weather changes, the paint on your garden statues are bound to take a beating, begin to show signs of wear, and look a lot less attractive and colorful.  

It’s important to coat the statues with a liquid car wax or water sealer to provide the best protection for them. If you do use either the car wax or the sealer, make sure that you completely wipe off any residue before it dries.

Remaining outdoors for a lengthy time begins to take its toll on garden statuary all too soon. It is easy to fall into the belief that the statues can hold up to almost anything simply because in the first year or so, they usually do withstand all of the elements of Mother Nature.

During the colder months, any water that seeps into or around your statues will freeze. This can lead to cracking, peeling, and breaking. All of these problems are better avoided since the solutions for repair can be inefficient if done at home and costly if done professionally.

Therefore, it is important to use a water sealer on your garden statues. Select a water sealer that is designed for concrete or masonry. Apply a coat of this every year around the same time in order to provide continual protection. Include all of your garden concrete and masonry in this strategy. In particular, pay close attention to those statues that hold water such as birdbaths, planters, and fountains.

Always follow the directions when for application when using a water sealer. Try to do this on a sunny day when the weather conditions will be more agreeable for drying the statues.

Include your garden urns and concrete flowerpots in this process as well.  Seal them with water sealer and take the time to drain them properly since a build up of water can freeze, leading to permanent damage. Always place your garden statues on a paving stone, concrete block, or concrete pavement to protect them from the harmful effects of the soil and ground.