Dovecote Aftercare and Assembly Guide
We have created an easy guide to help keep your Robinson Garden Dovecote looking in it’s finest condition all year round.
Cleaning guidance for your Dovecote
Give your wooden Dovecote a good wash or scrub as regularly as possible to get rid of lichens and bird droppings – this is especially beneficial if you are housing Doves or intend to house doves in the near future.
Dovecote Assembly Guide – How to erect your Dovecote
If you are erecting a Ground fixed or Freestanding Dovecote, please click on the button below which will direct you to our dedicated step by step guide.
Annual Maintenance of your Dovecote
Annual maintenance is best carried out in autumn. Clean your Dovecote, and make sure it is still the best place for you Dovecote to be positioned if your Dovecote is ground fixed this may be more difficult to move.
It may be likely that your Dovecote will need an annual paint to keep it in its elegant nature. We advise you do this on a dry day.
Sand down any areas that are rough and then dust down with a dry cloth. We then advise you to apply one coat of Farrow & Ball exterior eggshell undercoat where your sanding has reached the wood.
Leave it to dry for roughly two/three hours, ensure you use the correct Farrow and Ball undercoat colour. Once you have done this you can then start applying the Farrow & Ball colour of your choice applying at least two coats with two / three hours between coats.
If your Dovecote has a slate roof, apply slate oil or teak oil to the roof using a clean paintbrush. When you apply the oil avoid using too much, the oil keeps the slate looking shiny.
General Care of your Dovecote
Steps for removing grime and mildew from your Dovecote
Mildew is a type of mould that can grow and flourish in an environment where oxygen, moisture and organic material can combine to cause a reaction. If it grows upon your Dovecote it will appear green in appearance and will ruin its aesthetic and if you are housing Doves, it may affect their health. The good news is that most mould and mildew can be removed via a few simple cleaning-based steps.
First of all fill one of your buckets with water and then add washing up liquid. Fill the second bucket with clear water. Take the soft cloth and moisten it in the washing up liquid solution. Then wring the cloth out so that it is barely moist.
Use the barely moist cloth to scrub the areas of your arbour affected by mildew. For the best results, concentrate on each problem area at a time. Once you are pleased that the problem area has been sufficiently cleaned, take another clean cloth and rinse with clean water. Then take a third clean cloth to dry the problem section.
A final important note
Please note that Robinson Garden cannot be held responsible for on-going maintenance of your bespoke made to order Dovecote. If ongoing maintenance isn’t done this will heavily affect the lifespan and aesthetics of the Dovecote.
Follow the Dovecote aftercare guide above to ensure that your arbour is maintained correctly.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
For our most frequently asked questions regarding our Dovecotes. Please click the button below.