Round Three of the Water Artisans of the Year Awards

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Time to submit your best pond installations for the 2018 contest, our third year!

Fall is in the air, so it’s time to start netting those ponds to keep out all the falling leaves. At least we’ll start getting some more moderate temperatures to make the pondside experience all the more comfortable. It just so happens that fall also marks the start of the entry period for our Water Artisans of the Year contest.

Unless you’re new to POND Trade — in which case, welcome! —, you know that the first two years of the contest have seen some pretty impressive competition between and among some of the leading water-feature contractors around the country. Well, Round Three is just around the corner, so start compiling the details and photos of the most jaw-dropping projects of this year’s pond season.

Fall has also inspired us to “fall back,” so to speak, and take a fresh look at some of the most-viewed articles from our web archive. We continuously strive to provide new, relevant content; however, we’ve found that many of our articles are evergreen content and are worth another peek.

In this issue, we fall back to January/February 2013 and Demi Fortuna’s “Pond Construction with Concrete.” This is the most visited article on a per month basis. 

However, this issue is also loaded with new content to help you run your business as effectively and smoothly as possible. A successful business starts with its people — specifically, hiring the right employees and keeping them happy. This is Mark Battersby’s focus in “Attracting Quality Pond Construction Workers with Fringe Benefits.” Offering the right fringe benefits and other perks can lure in talented workers and offset any extra costs at the end of the day. Our Pond Construction segment this issue features the story of a personal project by John Magyar and his son Elijah. A new home meant building a new pond, which in the end made one proud papa. 

Finally, you’ll want to check out this month’s “Best Pond Practices in Drain Filtration Design” article by The Pond Digger, also known as Eric Triplett. Eric explains why upgrading or expanding a filter system can be an efficient fix for an overpopulated pond. He delves into the fundamentals of filtration that are important for your customers to understand before they threaten to abandon their overgrown pond

Fun quote from this month’s issue: 

Fifty-three tons of Tennessee boulders and gravel were used for the project, with the largest at 2,900 pounds. I was like a kid in a candy store. ~ John Magyar 

Happy PONDering!

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