When these words are spoken too soon, they are actually cringeworthy! As I write this column, we are still in the throws of summer, and it’s not something I want to think about. In the midwest, summer is a treasure, and we live life to the fullest in the summer!
But by the time you read this, things will have changed. Fall is a lovely time of year. The weather is great, all the colors coming out, and pond building is still in full swing —with a bonus of cooler temperatures!
Fall also signals a slowdown ahead, where builders can look forward to a slower pace and time to do some organizing and planning for the coming year.
With all this in mind, in the September / October 2023 issue we have put together some useful, timely fall/winter articles for your reading pleasure and professional enrichment. If you live in colder climates, pond winterization is probably already on your mind. Thankfully, Harrison Hugo is here with a discussion of aerators and de-icers that clearly defines the function and features of each type of system. We also have a winter pond preparation tips for koi keepers in Carolyn Weise’s Language of Koi installment that features a rundown of everything you need to know about wintry water conditions.
We’re also happy Demi Fortuna is back with a profile on low-tech pond hacks that every pond builder should read and digest. Demi included helpful sketches and photos of concepts that could save you lots of time and money.
Finally, in line with annual tradition, the arrival of fall also means the opening of the Water Artisans of the Year competition. This contest gets more and more competitive each year, so go ahead and round up the photos of your best work from this pond season for submission. Enter now through Nov. 30. Find the details and entry form here.