- How To Trim Back Purple Fountain Grass
- How to Plant Purple Fountain Grass From Seed
- How do Garden Water Fountains Work?
- How to Prune Purple Fountain Grass
- How to Make Dairy Free Chocolate for a Chocolate Fountain
- How to Repair Leaks in a Water Fountain
- How to Clean Outdoor Fountains
- How to Keep Outdoor Fountain Water Clean
Purple fountain grass is a warm season ornamental grass with long purple foliage and busy flowers that can grow up to 4 feet tall. It is only hardy to zones 9 through 10 and can be grown as a perennial in those warm climates. In colder climates, purple fountain grass can grow as an annual. Trimming purple fountain grass once it dies back is the only maintenance this easy to care for grass needs.
Trim purple fountain grass in the late winter or early spring, if you are growing it as a perennial. Trim purple fountain grass in the fall if you are growing it as an annual.
Gather the dead foliage into clumps, 5 to 6 inches in diameter, and tie them together. This will make clean up much easier.
Cut off each clump of purple fountain grass 6 inches from the ground. Clean up the pruned clumps and allow the rest of the purple fountain grass to stay as is. If it is a perennial, new growth will cover up the dead foliage.
Fill small seeding pots with half peat and half perlite in early spring. Plant the seeds 1 inch deep in the potting medium and 1 inch apart. Tamp down the soil above the seed to ensure contact.
Water the seeds deeply. Secure a plastic bag over the seeds with a rubber band. Place the seeds in a warm dark area, keeping them moist until they sprout.
Remove the plastic bag and transplant the purple fountain grass into larger pots when they reach 3 inches high. Plant the grass in the same potting medium at the same height as they were in their original pots.
Find an appropriate area to plant your purple fountain grass. This grass prefers full sun or partial shade in almost any soil.
Transplant the purple fountain grass outdoors after the danger of frost passes. Again, plant the grasses at the same height they resided in their pots. Space multiple plants 36 to 60 inches apart.
All water fountains have a reservoir. This consists of a basin in which the water is stored and returns to when it completes the cycle. Reservoirs are waterproof and made of hard plastic or flexible rubber. The reservoir can be placed on a hard surface or buried in the ground. Self-contained fountains may have hidden reservoirs, while garden fountains may have an open reservoir in the shape of a pond.
A submersible pump is used to move the water through the cycle. An impeller draws the water in at a rapid speed. The water is forced out of the pump by centrifugal force. The pump is connected to a pipe that directs the water to the fountain head. Pumps are different sizes to accommodate the amount of water you are trying to move.
When the water reaches the fountain head, it has two options. If the fountain head is placed in a garden pond, the water cascades down a waterfall into the reservoir. Or the fountain head may be fitted with a nozzle that has a defined pattern that the water droplets spray from. These droplets aerate the water when it returns to the reservoir to complete the cycle.
Wipe down your shears and your trowel with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol in order to prevent the spread of any diseases while trimming your fountain grass.
Tie a string around the fountain of grass that you are about to cut in order to make your job a bit easier. Use your shears to cut the fountain grass horizontally approximately 2 to 4 inches above the soil line, as if you have given your clump of grass a flattop haircut.
Use your fingers, shears and your trowel to dig and pull out any dead grass within the clump.
Chop the couverture into small pieces if you are using a whole bar. Skip this step if you are using chips.
Add the chocolate into the zip top bag.
Squeeze the excess air out of the zip top bag before sealing.
Place the zip top bag with the chocolate in it into the microwave.
Heat on high power for one minute.
Remove the bag and knead it to mix the chocolate.
Replace the bag in the microwave and heat for another one to two minutes on high, stopping every minute to knead the bag.
Open the bag and pour the melted chocolate into the chocolate fountain according to the manufacturer's directions.
Empty water from the fountain.
Place a handful of dry concrete mix in a bucket. Slowly pour in water while mixing with a putty knife. Add just enough water to obtain an oatmeal-like consistency. Wipe the surface on the outside and inside of the fountain clean with a wet rag.
Scoop out some of the concrete with your putty knife and smear it onto the leak inside of the fountain. Press the concrete into the hole and smooth the surface so that it is level with the surface of the fountain.
Apply concrete to the damaged area on the outside of the fountain with a putty knife. Press the concrete mix and press it into the crack, or hole, to completely fill the damaged area. Smooth the surface so that it level with the surface of the outside of the fountain.
Allow the patch to dry for two hours. Re-apply concrete if the patch has sunk below the level of the surface. Allow the concrete to cure overnight, refill and restart your fountain.
Clear any debris such as leaves, dirt, grass clippings or twigs out of the fountain weekly. Cleaning out the debris keeps the fountain pump free from clogging, which allows the water to flow freely.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to add the right quantity of algae-removing solution for your size fountain. If you are certain no wildlife or pets drink from the fountain, you could substitute the algae remover with a half a capful of bleach.
Remove the pump from your fountain, and clean it by wiping off debris and buildup with a clean rag. Open the cover of the pump, and clean the inside of the pump with a small rag.
Scrub smaller creviced areas gently with a toothbrush. Rinse the pump thoroughly before adding it back into the fountain.
Drain the water from the fountain before winter, and remove the pump. Bring the pump indoors to clean and wrap it in an old towel to store until spring. Wrap the entire fountain with a tarp, and secure it with bungees to hold to protect the concrete from cracking.
Use distilled water in your fountain to avoid mineral deposits building up on the fountain and in the pump.
Add an algae-blocking product to the water to help prevent algae growth.
Check the fountain every day or two, and immediately after windy or stormy events, for debris like leaves and dirt. Turn off the fountain and inspect the pump too. Remove any debris you find.
Perform more in-depth maintenance at least once a month if you notice such debris as dirt, dust, leaves or soil in the fountain. Turn the fountain off, drain the water and wipe the reservoir clean with a damp cloth.
Remove the pump from the fountain and wipe it clean with a wet cloth. Pull the cover off the pump and remove the magnetic impeller, checking for any debris that may have accumulated. Then replace the impeller and cover and reassemble the fountain.
Use a very diluted solution of bleach—one part bleach to 10 parts or more of water—or white vinegar to remove any algae growth you notice during routine cleaning. Then fill the fountain with water again and turn it back on. Never let the water sit stagnant if you can at all avoid it.