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Algae- Be Gone!

Recently I had a dinner party and I was talking to one of my neighbors about the algae in our bird bath and fountains.  She told me a great tip!  Some of you might know this already, but it's news to me.
We have many fountains around our property and numerous bird baths.  One bird bath is particular is so pretty and such a focal point, I was finding my self constantly cleaning it out, because of the algae.

 My neighbor told me about copper pennies or copper pipe.  
Drop some in and your algae problem will be under control.  It works!  

The fountain off our Breakfast room.
Copper has been used before the Roman Empire to help keep water clean. No time to get into the technical babble, but  it works and you need several 1964 and older pennies. A section of copper pipe works better, you just pick it up when cleaning.  It will not hurt the birds.

This view is our Fish fountain.  There is a large deep Koi pond on the other side.
 Our urn fountain on the side of our house.
      The fountain off our study.
 This is our pool...We have a large waterfall and 2 smaller ones.

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  1. I did not know that. Great tip. We had a wall fountain on our back porch a few years ago and I was constantly having to clean it. We tried the special algae clear stuff made for fountains, but it bubbled up! Not good.

  2. What a great tip, Linda! I don't use germicide in case my cats or the birds drink from the fountain and algae is a big problem. ~ Maureen

  3. Great tip Linda...Thanks for passing it along. Will have to give it a try.

    Hugs and Kissea,

  4. What a great tip! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Linda, that's a great tip! We are constantly cleaning the fountain out back!

  6. Hi Linda! Thanks for the great tip! Now I will be searching for 1964 or older pennies, so it won't work with newer pennies? Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos! Gina

  7. That's a great tip! Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Thanks for sharing this tip! I'm heading outside right after typing this to take care of my birdbath.

  9. What a fabulous and helpful tip! No wonder all those beautiful fountains in Italy look so nice!!!
    Thanks for bringing your very clever tip to TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  10. So very nice to meet you Linda. I am looking forward to being a new follower and friend.
    Such gorgeous fountains you have and I must remember this tip.
    Don't you love the blogging world where your just a click away from such great advice and friends.
    Thanks so much for finding me and joining my little site
    Have a wonderful weekend

  11. Oh my, you have quite the spectacular home and an amazing pool!

    - The Tablescaper

  12. I knew the tip. It's one of those wife tales that pass through generations in my family. Since we had several water deposits for the animals in the country someone must have found about it, by accident I believe, and it's been passed along.

    Your home is lovely, lovely and the presence of water is striking and so soothing. Well done!!!

    Wishing you a nice and cool weekend,

  13. This is useful to know! I love your fountains. They just look so pretty.

  14. AnonymousJune 29, 2012

    Hi Linda! Oh, I didn't know this and appreciate you sharing it! Now look at all of your lovely water features! Your place is so pretty.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. Wow...your place is A DREAM! Congrats! Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

  16. Nice meeting you today, Linda...Look forward to watching your posts!! Laurel

  17. So nice to meet you today at the blogging luncheon. I will definitely look into having my own domain as you suggested. Thanks,

  18. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your blog friendship. You're garden is lovely. I'm a follower now as well : )

  19. I just love fountains. What a gorgeous place you have! Thanks for the recent visit!

  20. Hello, Linda

    I hope you are very well.
    I really like your fountains.
    Hear running water in a fountain is very relaxing.
    Thanks for sharing your place.



  21. Hi Linda. It was so nice meeting you Friday. Hope to see you again soon. I'm a follower! :)

  22. You have such a beautiful property! And such a cute blog, I'm enjoying reading your posts! Thank you for your visit :)
    Cheers, Andrea

  23. Don't you just love the sound of your waterfalls. So relaxing. Your yard is lovely. Thank you for following me. I love your blog logo, it is so cute. Following you back. Dawna


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