September / October, 2012

PondTradeMag-Sept-Oct-12Publishers’ Perspective

It is very hard for me to think about winter right now, as we are having a heat wave and it is going to be over 110°F today! Nonetheless, we have put together a super lineup for you in this issue. We have two articles about getting ready for winter: one about De-icers and the other about a new technology for Heaters. Help your customers prepare properly for this winter so they won’t suffer the tragedy of winter fish loss this year. Remember, an ounce of prevention…

With the drought being severe in parts of the country you may find people shying away from water features, because they assume they take a lot of water. They would be wrong. Long time industry expert Paula Biles gives you what you need to know to demonstrate that “Ponds and Water Gardens are Eco-Friendly.” Paula quotes, “In general, ponds use about 50% less water than lawns and other gardens.” Learn how best to educate and sell water features to your questioning customers.

Do you monitor the drought conditions in your area? Take a look at this website and be up-to-date on the facts in your area. http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

We are very grateful to our authors sharing their knowledge with you and the industry. This includes Eric Triplett, who wrote a great article about bottom drains, a must read.

Then we have an article about “Better Business Credit,” something that all of us should be well informed about. Learn how to break that habit you thought you could never break and take a look at the koi variety Koromo (Goromo.)

We were fortunate to visit New York City in July (for a wedding). On one of our sightseeing days we went to an area called the “High Line,” which is an old elevated train line that was converted into a wonderful strolling park. Included are many water features, packed with native aquatic reeds and rushes.

One very popular stop on the High Line featured a thin sheet of water flowing across part of the walkway to cool strollers and their kids. The water was around 2˝deep, and the area included benches where you could sit and cool your heels in the gently flowing water, while children giggled at the joyful experience of water play.

Water is a universal passion, and is seen in a myriad of forms everywhere we go. Don’t we work in a wonderful trade? Enjoy the day.

Change Your Ways – It’s Not Too Late to Change Your Habits

Do you drink too much coffee? Can’t stay away from sweets? Learn to change your habits now. Remember if you are so discouraged you don’t try, you will never change. Learn how to notice your urge to do the habit,More...

Where’s the Baby

Where is the Baby! is a web page hosted by Nelson Water Gardens and Nursery, in Katy, Texas. Addie Nelson, their granddaughter, is pictured here on the pad of a Victoria Lily.

Better Business Credit

Ever wonder how you can improve and increase the credit for your business? Here is an in-depth article including nine steps on how to Establish Business Credit. Learn what trade credit is and four ways to get more of it.More...

PTC Electric Immersion Heaters Offer Greater Safety and Reliability

There is a new technology in town for immersion heaters. Traditional heaters use resistance wire as the heat source. A new technology is now available that uses PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) chips that are friendlier to use. Learn how thisMore...

Keep Fish Alive This Winter – De-Icers

Help your clients feel less stressful about winter, by the easy addition of pond De-icers. No one likes to lose a fish let alone a whole pond of them. Don’t let that happen to your clients. Learn how to maintainMore...

Pond Bottom Drain Technology

Pond building expert shares his knowledge about the dos and don’ts of bottom drains. Including the reason why you should include bottom drains in your pond projects! Pond drains done right, add many benefits to the water circulation, water quality,More...

Know ‘em – Sell ‘em Koromo

Koromo is a beautiful combination of two other koi varieties – Asagi and Kohaku. There are three major types of Koromo, which are Ai Goromo, Sumi Goromo and Budo Goromo. The reticulation on the scales is key to this variety.More...

Ponds are Green and Drought Friendly

Water gardens and ponds are genuinely green; learn how to explain these eco-friendly spaces to your prospects and customers. Ponds are closed aquatic systems that require minimal replacement water, in general 50% less than lawns or gardens. Learn about theMore...

Pond Construction by a Garden Artist

With 31 years of experience Dave shares his specialty – faux rock. He learned this trade from faux rock pioneer Julian George; creator of the “Julian” method of making molds and faux rock art. His passion for designing and buildingMore...

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