Happy Spring, everyone! After what seemed like an endless winter (what’s a polar vortex, anyway?), things in the pond world are officially in full swing. I hope that you are experiencing a fuller schedule and that your phone is ringing with new calls and possibilities.
From what I hear out there, the economy is reviving and folks want to build ponds again — those wonderful water gardens, waterfalls and water features that YOU can provide for them! So this issue is all about getting you excited and arming you with information to help make this your most successful season yet.
First off, we have a great deal of wisdom and experience in the realms of pond construction and maintenance. Alan Koontz shares some tips for giving your pond project that naturalistic “wow factor” on page 8, and Demi Fortuna offers a detailed outline on the importance of effective aeration — and how to achieve it — on page 35.
On the flora and fauna front, Paula Biles will need all her forensic know-how to conduct a criminal investigation (pg. 13) and discover who’s killing the aquatic plants! For those whose aquatic ailments pertain to koi rather than lilies, turn to page 25, where Ellen Kloubec gives detailed instructions on how to perform skin scrapes and diagnose parasite problems.
If you’re not quite ready to get your hands dirty, turn to page 46, where Mark Battersby explains the nuances (and potential problems) of classifying your workers as independent contractors. Also, be sure to check out The Round Table (pg. 50), where Rick Smith lays out the laws and rewards of leadership that will make your company thrive.
Speaking of thriving companies: The Irrigation Association recently formed a common interest group catered specifically to lake management and backyard water gardens and features. Still in its infant stages, the CIG will represent all builders, retailers and manufacturers in the pond and lake industry and provide training and certification opportunities, discussions on best practices and much more. You can read about that on page 55.