Attending Glee, the leading garden and leisure industry show, was a great opportunity for Nathan Dodd to spot trends and anticipate products that will come onto the market in the near future.
With winter on its way, Nathan James Dodd will soon start to protect his garden water features from the excesses of British weather as frost, snow and ice do them no favours.
Although water features are designed to withstand certain variations in temperature, there will be inevitable deterioration and grime degradation.
You might think the perfect winter accessory is a simple cover, and you’d be correct.
A Bermuda Winter Water Feature Cover, in small, medium and large sizes, are manufactured from high performance, durable polyester with top quality stitching and a drawstring base for a snug fit.
Kelkay Easy Fountain Small Protection Covers will keep your Henri Studio and Easy Fountain range of water features free from ice and frost damage.
Clean water is obviously a good idea to stop water features from discolouring and slowly collecting the sludge that causes bad or even irreparable damage to the pump.
Keep it crystal clear with a water treatment such as Henri Water Clarifier. This unique formula can be used as needed or as part of a regular maintenance regime to prevent cloudy water and unsightly appearance.
Suitable for all self circulating fountains, it removes stain causing metals and eliminates water dulling soaps and oils at the same time as improving filter efficiency. As an added bonus it’s wildlife friendly and not harmful for fish.
Intercel Feature Kit tablets are specially designed for fountain water if green water and algae are a problem, but don’t use them if fish or plants are present.
If you’ve neglected the water feature for a while, it will probably need a wash and brush up. Especially in hard water areas, lime scale and mineral deposits will build up, buy Kelkay Easy Fountain Grime and Lime Cleaner to get rid of it and not only will the feature look far better, any moving parts such as the pump will have its life extended.
Cast stone surfaces from time to time will need revitalising and Henri Sealer Spray restores finishes that have dulled with age, exposure to the sun and weather. This spray brings a faded star back to life and protects it as well.
Regular checks on the pump will pay dividends. Check the water flow, if it’s sluggish clean the individual parts removing any collected debris or else clogging might cause it to fail.
Even if you have been careful to maintain a water feature, spare parts are sometimes necessary because of wear and tear, and these are widely obtainable. From hoses to clips, valves and connectors, through to individual items specific to certain products whether under guarantee or not – they are all available online.
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