Winter Care and Maintenance
1. Planters & Bowls:
If completely filled with firmly tamped soil to within 1 or less of the rim, no special care is required for winterization. If the planter is empty it must be treated as an urn (see 2). For complete peace of mind with regards to extreme freeze-thaw weather cycles, we recommend the planter opening be covered with a lid. Lunaform planters are routinely surviving the harshest northern winter climates without lids, provided that they are completely filled with soil (and stay filled). However, a simple lid will protect your investment for generations.
Please see PLANTING TECHNIQUES for additional information, along with a planting diagram.
With the exception of the Luna, Ebro and Siena, our urns are not commonly filled with soil and planted. Consequently, they must be protected from filling and freezing. Lunaform makes concrete, winter lids specifically designed for each urn, matched in both color and finish. However, any waterproof, flat covering which will not blow off is fine.
No winterization care is required. May be allowed to fill and freeze.
**DO NOT FILL THE BOTTOM OF ANY PLANTER OR PLANTED URN WITH MORE THAN 1 OF STYROFOAM PEANUTS OR GRAVELTO SAVE ON SOIL. THIS CAN CAUSE SURFACE DISCOLORATION OR (IN A FREEZING CLIMATE) STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.
The exterior surfaces of all Lunaform garden pots require no winterization care or specific maintenance. Moss or mold can develop over time and, if not desired, can be removed with an Algaecide or a weak bleach solution. Unlike terra cotta (clay) and some cast concrete (often called cast stone) pieces, the surfaces of Lunaform garden pots are not water absorbent and consequently do not break down during freeze - thaw cycles. The specific mix of Lunaform concrete and surface finishes assures you that Lunaform garden pots are the strongest and most durable pieces available.
Because of the inherent nature of concrete, superficial hairline surface (shrink) cracks do occur in some instances and are considered normal and acceptable. These should not be confused with structural damage or defect. Salt deposits, or efflorescence, can occasionally develop as they do in terra-cotta pieces because of the presence of calcium salts in the soil and in the concrete itself. While many clients prefer the aged appearance of this natural occurrence, these salt deposits can be easily removed.