For every plant there is a pest. Plant expert Kelly Billing has complied a list of the most common pest diseases, their controls and the descriptions of the little pest into an easy table you can read and use as a reference in the future. The tables cover 14 common pests, from Aphids to white fly.
March / April 2011
The International Waterlily and Water Garden Society (IWGS) held its 26th annual symposium and 2010 Waterlily Festival in San Angelo, Texas. Get the story here. Find out who the two new IWGS Hall of Fame inductees’ are.
In this issue, our water feature expert we’ll talk about the different types of submersible pumps in common usage, when to use which and how to get the most out of them. Learn the difference between Direct Drive and Magnetic Induction Pumps. Plus – why you would use one pump vs two – the advantages of redundancy and more.
Are you listing?? This is a quick but important tip about communication; an important part of your life relationships – business or personal. You’ve heard “listening” can be an art, now learn a secret that will help you be a better listener. Find out how Listening and Agreeing are the same and different as well!
Ever wonder what plants you should retail or add to your water feature designs? Take a look at ten wonderful show stopping aquatics that will be a hit with your customers. Learn from our horticulturist expert their names, the conditions they need and what to expect from these specimen plants.
Hariwake is similar to a metallic Kohaku. Learn what to look for in this beautiful variety. Koi breeding expert Randy LeFever will teach you what to expect from breeding and how to select them. He will also give you tips on retailing them.
Stress – A fish health expert will explain the causes of fish stress that occur in the spring and how to reduce them so your customers’ fish will have a healthy start this year. Includes some prophylactic precautions. Healthy happy fish means happy customers.
Hopefully you have started taking those first steps in getting your customers ponds ready for the spring. Here is how to be prepared for the next pond season. This includes talking to customers about what they would like to do this year–- is there an expansion they have been thinking about? Find out what else you need to be doing as a contractor or a retailer.
For the record, marketing is a vital element of success for any business; it is an investment in your future. Find great tips on planning events, email campaigns and newsletters for the next year. Then something just emerging, “Tags” – what are “tags” and why do I need to know about them? You will want to start adding “tags” to everything you do.