May/June 2018 Issue

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

By Lora Lee Gelles

Published on May 1, 2018

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This American toad is happy Spring is here. 

For me, springtime is the most wonderful time of the year. Everything feels so renewed when the trees bud, the flowers emerge, and most importantly, water begins to flow through our ponds again!

But this spring, as I write my column, my dog is snuggled up, snoring loudly at my feet. There’s a dusting of snow on the ground outside. Hey, it’s mid-April! I sort of feel like I’m getting cheated this year. It’s been a rough start, weather-wise, for a lot of people around the country, but all we need is for spring to start working some of its magic.

May and June are prime months of pond season, so I have to believe there is a lot of magic on the horizon. So let’s enjoy it! Clean out those ponds of yesteryear. Sell a bunch of new ponds and waterfalls. Let’s get this party started!

As you’ve already noticed, we’ve got a jam-packed issue for you, with nine features that run the gamut from finance to filtration and from algaecides to polyurea. Check out Tim Wood’s article, “How to Properly Sell Diffused Aeration Systems,” about aeration systems and lake management. You’ll learn a lot about what these systems can and can’t do, and it might make you consider collaborating with a lake-management professional to expand and diversify your service portfolio.

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 Our cover story is a must-read. Jamie Beyer hosts a colorful tour through the wonderful, wet world of bog gardening with “Keep Your Plants & Feet Wet With Versatile Bog Gardens. Bogs offer a unique option that can enhance a pond’s ecosystem by inviting a whole host of fascinating creatures and plants — some of them carnivorous.

Make sure you check out my great collection of photos from Pondliner’s very successful Water Garden Expo, which was held at the end of February. I had a blast as always, and I really enjoyed meeting a lot of new faces in the pond industry (and seeing all the familiar ones, too). 

Here’s to a successful pond season and the belated arrival of some magical spring weather!

Happy PONDering!

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