January / February 2022

How to Select Rocks and Boulders for Pond Project Builds

I have learned that for pond construction builds to look great and strive for efficiency, I need to hand-select almost all my rocks for the project. On smaller projects where we may be using only three to five semi loads, these rocks can normally be selected by walking around the stone yard or quarry, identifying …

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Incorporating Drones into Water Feature Design and Construction

Over the last several decades of designing and building water features, it has been my observation that the water feature profession is heavily weighted on the artistic side, with minimal advanced tools, technology and specialized equipment being applied. Granted, the majority of water features and garden fountains are relatively small, but at what point should …

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Protect Your Pond Business with a Backup Operating Plan

If you are married or have children, it’s highly likely you have purchased a life insurance policy. Why? If something were to happen to you, you want to be sure your family is taken care of, right?  Guess what? Your business is no different. Nobody likes to think about it, but what if you didn’t …

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Aquatic Plant Design on Display at Denver Botanic Gardens

As the horticulturist who cares for the aquatic plants here at Denver Botanic Gardens, I am lucky to have a large variety of ponds to work in. More than half a million gallons of water recirculate through the main waterway at DBG, connecting a wide array of terrestrial gardens throughout our 24-acre property. In addition, …

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Pond Construction | Backyard Pond and Patio Makeover

My team and I — Fitz’s Fish Pond — have been building beautiful water feature and waterscapes all over the tri-state area of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania for almost 10 years now. It has been amazing to introduce the aquaculture hobby to so many incredible people. Over the years, some projects have stood …

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UK POND College Offers Water Feature Training

POND college (Pc) is the home of Any Pond Limited, a marketing company that educates and inspires the British public. Our focus is to help others dream, plan and enjoy ponds and water features. Pc is in an ideal central location in the United Kingdom and is open for the citizens of the British Isles …

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Language of Koi | Rare Varieties at the Japan Koi Harvest

October is the most exciting time of the year for all koi dealers and hobbyists. It is also the time of the koi harvests in Japan. Every day in October, breeders harvest so many living jewels. Before COVID-19, buyers from all over the world came to the small towns of Ojiya and Nagaoka in Niigata, …

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Communicating Effectively and Small Business Marketing Tools for 2022

The answer is text — now, what is the question? That’s what I’m hearing when it comes to younger contractors these days. And pond builders who are a bit older? It’s all about email. I’ll admit it. I’m guilty of this at times as well. But there is no one-stop solution for communication, unfortunately. Different …

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Best Practices | Desert Quarantine for Fish and Two Turtles

Three months ago, I received a call from a previous client who said he needed to quarantine his fish and two turtles off-site for a year. This was unexpected, because he had just built his dream home — and his dream pond — in 2016. He had decided to build a new home and pond, …

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