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Re: birdbath


I assume the bath was made in a concrete mold.  It's standard garden
center-type statuary.  Heavy as all-get-out.  It is slate-blue, so I assume
they used some concrete pigment additive.  It does not appear to be flaking
off as Bonnie suggested.  But I scrub out the algae, use a forceful spray to
rinse it clean.  Add fresh water.  By the next day it is full of rusty
muck.. It's not dirty from birds.  I can dump and clean it again and some of
the brown stuff adheres.  I think it may also be a bit slimy.  I don't know
if lime leaching from concrete turns to a rusty brown.  Whatever it is, I
just don't like it.

Kitty

----- Original Message -----
From: "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2003 9:09 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] birdbath


> A tad late in the conversation.. but what is this birdbath made of? If
> it is concrete, sure it is not the lime leaching out?
>
> Donna
>
> >
> > I do the bleach the bleach soak on the big bath at the kitchen sink
> every
> > 3
> > or 4 weeks - more often if necessary.  A 20 minute soak is usually
> > sufficient.  I keep a brush handy outside to scrub away the algae
> every
> > few
> > days and change the water.
> >
> > I'll try it on this blue birdbath to see if it clears up the problem.
> > Thanks Dan.
> >
> > Kitty
>
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