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Question DetailsAsked on 5/23/2011

protect water fountain from lawn clippings

I'm trying to figure out a way to cover my three-tier water fountain when the lawn guys come over so the clipping will not find their way into the fountain. I think the most durable, easy to use method would be some plexigalss custom cut lids. they could be stored outdoors for easy access and should be fairly sturdy. Any thoughts on other techniques? Does anybody know a company in or near Charlotte NC that would make such a thing.

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I would use a large plastic garbage bag, I use them to cover lots of things in my yard from time to time, I have cable tv and when I know it will rain I cover it with a big black garbage bag and wrap some twine around it to fasten it down, cheap and easy

Answered 9 years ago by killowat


unfortunately this is a rather large fountain whoi's back is up against a stairwell on our lower level back patio, making the garbage bag technique impossible.

Answered 9 years ago by kevcase


Plexiglass would be VERY pricey, plus to fit around the stem would have to gasketed at the seam to keep grass from going down into the joint, etc. Plus what would you do to prevent themm from blowing off on windy days ? Acrylic costs about $5-6/SF for 1/4", which is probablyk what you would need for this - plus I would guess about $100-150 for a carpentry shop to cut it to a paper cutout pattern you provide - probably double that if you have a carpenter measure and make and install.

How about the ubiquitous blue tarp - you can get about 20' square ones for about $25 - just throw over the fountain before they come and rope around the base to hold down in the wind, then carefully (maybe with help of a stick or broom) lift off when gone. Painters visqueen (light plastic sheeting) cheaper. Though means you either have to remember to put it out on mowing day, or have them do it every time - on and off.

Or wrap each basin individually with cheesecloth or similar fine-opening cloth like flexible poly window screening that could be wrapped around tightly.

Or have mowers use a little common sense near the fountain if they want to keep their job with you and mow only the other direction near the fountain, so the discharge chute points away from it ? Or have them collect the clippings in a mower bagger.

Personally I would just use a jet nozzle on a hose and wash the basins out after they are gone - should be done pretty frequently anyway to keep from going slimy and algae-filled - just make doing it after the mowing a regular task - for yourself or the mowing guys.

Or have them blow it out (if water would not hurt house/stairs) with their leaf blower after mowing - a good sized leaf blower would make quick work of most of the cuttings because it would blow all the water out with the cuttings.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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