Japanese Koi Kodama

July/August 2017

Level Up | Creating Design to the Next Degree

By Lora Lee Gelles

Published on June 30, 2017

POND Trade asked Chris Ostrander to write an article about spillways and fountain bowls for this issue. These bowls certainly are a hot ticket right now, and I don’t see this trend going away anytime soon.

But what really took me by surprise was how spillways are dotted throughout this issue. Of course, Chris has a stunning gallery of photos and some interesting, detailed information about them in his article. But as the other features and photos started to roll in, we ended up with two other articles that also showcased these bowls.

In our Pond Construction feature, Bobby Kenyon integrated a massive spillway into his impressive pond display showcase (see article here). You’ll also find these bowls mentioned in Jaak Harju’s article about waterscape designing to the next level (see article here). The appeal of spillways truly has a wide reach, not only in terms of visual and auditory aesthetics, but also in regards to simplified installation and maintenance. Take a gander at these three particular features, and you’ll see what I mean.

As pond season is now in full swing, this issue is spilling over with a lot of other fascinating content. There’s a highly informative piece (see article here)  on about year-round fountain maintenance by Justin Titus, who just so happens to live and work in the “City of Fountains,” Kansas City. His tips might make you consider integrating fountain maintenance into your services to provide an extra stream of income for your business. This issue’s Language of Koi feature by Levi Crouse delves into the specifics of water purity and pH balance.

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Click here to find a variety of reasons why your water might not be achieving that level of clarity you’re looking for. It just might clear up your pond (and your mind). As a garden enthusiast, I also enjoyed Max Phelps’ article about pondside trees (see article here). Trees can definitely add worlds of color and a little shade and contrast to your aquatic oasis, but you’ll want to check out some of Max’s very important do’s and don’ts before you start planting away.
We hope you are having a terrific pond season thus far. Enjoy designing, building and witnessing the hard-earned fruits of your labor.

Happy PONDering!

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