Yes indeed, pond season is in full swing. While it’s true that many of you have nice weather year-round, those of us in four-season climates dream about and eagerly await the thaw of winter and start of spring, when we can return to enjoying the outdoors — and specifically, our yards and ponds.
Are you ready for the new season? Are your creative juices flowing? Are you fully staffed, or are you looking for more high-quality help? There are so many questions to ponder as summer lurks right around the corner.
As you ramp up your pond business and start to address some of these questions, we at POND Trade have you covered. From innovative design ideas to koi color guides, and from construction war stories to the latest in aquatic planting techniques, we are proud to be your go-to bimonthly resource for all things POND.Alexander Castro’s article, “Large-Scale Waterscape Renovation at Florida Golf Course.” Talk about a tee-rrifically big project!
If you’re struggling with “designer’s block” as you create new aquatic art, we’ve got several stories in this issue that may be of special interest to you. Jamie Beyer is back with a checklist of essential design and construction considerations that could save you a lot of post-construction headaches. I also enjoyed Tim Woods’ article about the importance of rock selection and placement, if you’re looking to set your pond apart from run-of-the-mill waterscapes.
Hardscapes, too, can have a huge impact on how well a water feature blends in with its surroundings. Brian Fitzsimmons shares three examples of how the right hardscape can change the entire feel of a water-feature project. Finally, if your customer is interested in koi, it’s important to know how to identify body markings and understand why the colors can actually change over time.