May / June 2016

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! Resist Falling for Customers’ Tall Tales

This phrase was, no doubt, born on a long forgotten playground generations ago. It humorously calls into question the veracity of a child whose exaggerations have exceeded the acceptable norm. A classic example from my childhood is a fellow by the name of Marty. His brother was something else. According to Marty, his super-sibling was …

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A Koi Wonderland in a Place You Might Not Expect

When you think of koi wonderland, the first thing that probably pops into your head is Japan. After all, Niigata Prefecture in Japan is the birthplace of Nishikigoi. There are literally hundreds of koi farms throughout Japan dating all the way back to the 1820s. It can be somewhat of a challenge to combat the …

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Best Practices | How to Rescue a Functionless Formal Pond

For most of us in the industry, we are often called upon last. By last, I mean the customer typically makes decisions about pond placement, layout, aesthetics, an unrealistic budget and so forth. As a qualified builder, your job is to deal with the direction the project is already heading, making suggestions based on the …

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Keeping up with the Koi Business in an Evolving Economy

You never know who might pull in your driveway. As I write this article and look from my office window down the driveway, I think of all of the wonderful people I have met coming down this driveway to our koi business. Some had their first 10-gallon tank; others had expansive ponds. Some were just …

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Illuminate Your Pond with Shade-Loving Plants

by Kelly Billing, Maryland Aquatic Nurseries & Zac DeGarmeaux, Pond Megastore [box]>> Click here to see the entire set of plant images from Kelly and Zac, visit our Pond Gallery Spotlight.[/box] Water gardening is an infectious hobby, and though most ponds are located in the full sun, the absence of a blank canvas should not be a …

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