After 24 years of rapid and very successful growth in the water features industry, many contractors who specialize solely in water features have been faced with a very challenging economy in recent years. Since the economy has, historically, been a cyclical beast, we can be confident that this too shall pass over into better times. …
January / February 2014
Ever wonder what the most beautiful waterlily in the world would look like? Well, wonder no more; the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society recently held its annual New Waterlily Competition, and POND Trade has the photos! See the best in each breathtaking category, from intersubgeneric waterlily to day-blooming tropical and everything in between.
While mammals have a plethora of techniques for surviving single-digit temperatures, fish, frogs and turtles are stuck with just two: changing their eating habits and moving to a new part of your pond. In this important article, Justin Lorson offers information and tips to help your pond pets survive the winter months. Take close notes and they’ll thank you when the ice thaws!
To swim or not to swim? To say that the question has sparked lively discussion would be a gross understatement; indeed, there may be no more divisive debate in the history of ponding! Here, POND Trade editor Peter Celauro interviews the experts to uncover the truth about swim ponds and natural swimming pools. (Warning: their answers may surprise you!)
To many pond owners, frogs and toads are about as different as creeks and cricks. In reality, these two amphibians vary greatly in diet, anatomy and habitat. If you’d like to know a bit more about the noisy, four-legged hoppers in your pond, read Benjamin Timmermans’ comprehensive overview and see these fascinating creatures in a whole new light!
According to Steve Shinholser of Premier Ponds, a successful business is 80 percent attitude and 20 percent business model. But how do you create a model that will hold up through every season of the year? Use Steve’s calendar, of course! Build your yearly plan according to this proven schedule and watch your business grow 52 weeks in a row!
Imagine a pond of immense beauty with beautiful plants, plenty of wildlife — and very little hard work involved! Sounds like a wonderful but unrealistic fantasy, doesn’t it? According to the experts at Ecological Laboratories, Inc., gorgeous and low-maintenance ponds are well within reach for even the busiest people. The secrets, they say, can be found in sophisticated wastewater treatment plants!
When Jason Lenox arrived in Galena, Ill. to scope out a potential project site, he didn’t know what to expect. One look at the massive farm property, though, and he knew one thing for sure: this would be no ordinary backyard pond! In part one of a two-part series, the owner of Ponds Inc. outlines the meticulous planning necessary to pull off a large-scale pond installation.