Winter Care- Cast Stone Planters and Statuary

Planters and Statuary

Bringing your planters and statuary indoors for the winter is ideal. This protects them from the freeze/thaw cycle.  If you are planning to leave your planter or garden statuary outside during the freezing cold weather, please follow these steps-

  1. Raise planters up off the ground making sure the drainage hole is not blocked. Pressure treated wood should be used. This allows the soil to drain and will keep the planter from freezing to the ground. If the planter freezes to the ground, soil may expand inside thus causing cracks or crumbling.
  2. Put small stones, gravel or terra cotta chips at the bottom of the planter before adding the soil to help with drainage.
  3. If the planter is not planted, turn the planter upside down. Place the planter on wood strips and cover or wrap it with burlap or another absorbent material such as old blankets and towels. Then wrap the planter with dark plastic to prevent moisture from accumulating. Periodically check it to make sure moisture is not getting in.
  4. Make sure that water and snow does not pool around the planter or statuary.
  5. Statuary must be cleaned and covered just like planters.

The reason you need to winterize your cast stone decor is because cast stone concrete, is slightly porous. This allows moisture to absorb into the cast stone and it can then freeze. Since there is very little room to expand, the moisture can cause small cracks or chips. It can also lead to the paint peeling.