September / October, 2014

PondTradeMag-Sep-Oct-14 Publishers’ Perspective

Take a look at our cover. Who do you see? If you said “Pond professionals,” you’re only half-right. While they certainly are knowledgable and capable pond builders, those Aquascape guys are also soon-to-be TV stars!

Yes, Aquascape is hitting the big time. Their new reality TV show, “Pond Stars,” airs Sept. 5 on Nat Geo Wild. The show will be sure to spark a lot of new interest in our wonderful industry. And with any luck, it will also turn hundreds or thousands of viewers into potential customers, suddenly craving ponds or water features in their backyards! You can get all the details straight from the show’s star, Greg Wittstock, on page 26.

To borrow a line from those late-night infomercials: “But wait — there’s more!” As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Eric Triplett, “The Pond Digger,” recently announced that he too will soon have a TV show! As of press time, the station and start date are unknown. But stay tuned: POND Trade will be covering the details of Eric’s show as they unfold. Congrats and good work to Greg, Eric and their hard-working teams.

Speaking of the cover, did you notice our new look? We decided that a new logo was in order — and while we were at it, we hammered out a whole new design! You hold in your hands a fresh, revitalized POND Trade that we hope will be cleaner, more attractive and more readable. Be sure to email and let us know what you think.

Although the look is new, the guts haven’t changed — this issue boasts the same variety of valuable content that you’ve come to expect from POND Trade. Eric Triplett invites you to join Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci by becoming a Renaissance pond man or woman on page 8. If you’re looking for a fresh construction idea, turn to page 20, where Rick Smith illustrates the many benefits of an upper-pond design.

If you’re a foodie, you may find Toni Jacobs Lopez’s story more mouth-watering than our typical fare. He shares some great ideas for expanding your koi’s diet into foods you never dreamed of putting in your pond on page 34! (I’m sure your fish are hoping you’ll take his advice.)

Leafy vegetables aside, there’s plenty of other greenery in this issue. John Mark Courtney lays out some guidelines for good native plant selection on page 43, and Meyer Jordan’s piece on periphyton — the slimy, green film — is a biology lesson that you can see applied in your pond every day.

With new shows, new construction techniques and new foods, the pond world is moving and shaking like never before. Turn the page and join the party!

Happy PONDering!

Filtration, Circulation, Aeration and Cleaning

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The Five Golden Minutes in Sales, Part 2

The Impressive Power of Periphyton

If you’ve ever stepped on a hard surface in your pond and found yourself suddenly slipping, you’ve probably experienced periphyton. But this slimy green buildup is more than just an annoyance. According to Meyer Jordan, periphyton is the most importantMore...

Price Your Pond Construction Jobs Correctly: Stop undercutting yourself to start seeing positive cash flow

Offering a low price is a reliable way to gain customers. But some pond professionals are so eager to land jobs that they lower their prices beyond what is needed to sustain business. You can’t have cash flow without cash,More...

Help Us Define Best Practices!: An update on the Irrigation Association Water Features & Lake Management Common Interest Group

Do you think our industry needs a set of professional guidelines? Do you have strong ideas about what they should be? If so, the Irrigation Association Water Features & Lake Management Common Interest Group could use your help! Launched inMore...

Beyond Koi Pellets: Expanding your koi’s diet for nutrition and fun

Have you ever seen a koi eat a big, juicy wedge of orange? If not, then you clearly haven’t spent time with Toni Jacobs Lopez, who delights in feeding his fish all sorts of tasty treats. From honey to wholeMore...

How Many Fish Can This Pond Hold?

New pond owners do their best to keep their fish healthy and happy. But thanks to the rapid breeding and growth rates of many fish, even the most well-intentioned fishkeepers can find their ponds dangerously overstocked in a matter ofMore...

Right Plant, Right Pond, Nothing Left Out!

A well-designed water garden looks natural and organic, as though Mother Nature had lovingly placed each plant. But when you’re building your water garden from scratch, the selection and placement of plants falls to you! John Mark Courtney outlines theMore...

Renaissance Pond Man

Today’s tradesmen are highly specialized in one particular area. But is that the best approach? Eric Triplett longs to be like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo instead — a master of many different fields. Here, The Pond Digger explains whatMore...

A Pond Atop a Pond

Pond lovers love fish. Pond lovers love plants. The problem: fish love plants too, and a few hungry koi can destroy your precious flora in a matter of days. Thankfully, creating an easy separation between the two is just oneMore...

POND STARS: The making of our reality

In 1982, a young boy discovered his passion when he built a small personal pond in his backyard. Little did he know that 32 years later, that same passion would bring him a starring role on his own reality show.More...

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