Deciding to become a “wet vendor” at a koi show is easy. Getting the fish there is anything but. Follow Ellen Kloubec’s advice to safely transport your most precious commodities to the show and keep them healthy once you arrive. Your fish — and your customers — will thank you.
July / August 2013
Pumps: they are the heart of the pond. But when a pump fails it can mean many things. Filters may suffer and fish may die. At the very least, your customer is inconvenienced. The majority of customers understand that a pump, like most anything else, will not last forever and they generally don’t expect it …
Pond lovers think of their installations as private slices of nature. But to Lisa Burns, they are also invaluable teaching tools — and she has the experience to prove it. See how Backyard Getaway turns pond projects into outdoor classrooms that enrich the lives of students and donors alike.
If you think Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous are the names of supporting characters on The Flintstones, your pebble proficiency is probably a little rocky. Don’t worry, though. Mark Jessen can set you straight. Learn the differences between these essential types of rock and what they can do for your pond.
Koi come in a handful of different and exciting varieties, but many breeders only deal with one. What makes Showa so special? Taro Kodama sheds some light on the history and characteristics of this beautiful and well-loved three-colored koi.
You’ve read his insights in these pages for years, but Tom Graham’s legacy extends far beyond his role as former Publisher of POND Trade. In a touching farewell feature, Lora Lee Gelles offers a rare glimpse into the remarkable career of a man who gave so much to the pond industry.
Frost-tolerant, drought-resistant and beautiful, the genus Ludwigia is an attractive and stable addition to any pond planting. David Curtright offers an illuminating overview of these unique aquatic plants.
When moving water, gorgeous landscaping and soft lighting combine, the results are truly breathtaking. Jim Lewis of Lewis Landscape Services oversaw just such a project, carefully planning each step from design to completion. Follow along as he shows what it takes to create an extraordinary backyard paradise.
Smart business owners know that social media is the most powerful way to reach and retain customers. Are you using it to your advantage? Follow Karen Leland’s 10 steps to leverage the fastest-growing social media site in history and grow your customer base overnight.
Moving large rocks and boulders gives new meaning to the term “back-breaking labor.” But with a few tips, even three-ton behemoths can be made to cooperate. Demi Fortuna shares the industry secrets to enhance your pond projects, save you time and protect your fingers!