Maintaining a high-quality environment for your koi can be a complex endeavor. But according to Kent Wallace, success in your pond can be boiled down to four vital elements. In the first of a multi-part series, the owner of Living Water Solutions begins to outline his helpful blueprint for a clean, clear and healthy habitat.
September / October 2014
In part one of “The Five Golden Minutes in Sales,” we took a look at the fact that the words we speak account for only 7 percent of what we communicate. We learned that tonality accounts for 38 percent of our communications and body language accounts for 55 percent. Each of these three elements provides …
If you’ve ever stepped on a hard surface in your pond and found yourself suddenly slipping, you’ve probably experienced periphyton. But this slimy green buildup is more than just an annoyance. According to Meyer Jordan, periphyton is the most important grouping of organisms in any aquatic ecosystem!
Offering a low price is a reliable way to gain customers. But some pond
professionals are so eager to land jobs that they lower their prices beyond
what is needed to sustain business. You can’t have cash flow without cash, and
taking on more jobs for less money is a sure recipe for bankruptcy. Michael
Stone, author of “Markup & Profit; A Contractor’s Guide Revisited,” offers a
strong argument for why you should stop undercutting yourself.
Do you think our industry needs a set of professional guidelines? Do you have strong ideas about what they should be? If so, the Irrigation Association Water Features & Lake Management Common Interest Group could use your help! Launched in May of 2014, this new group seeks to provide a forum where water feature and lake management best practices can be established.
Have you ever seen a koi eat a big, juicy wedge of orange? If not, then you clearly haven’t spent time with Toni Jacobs Lopez, who delights in feeding his fish all sorts of tasty treats. From honey to whole wheat and from pineapple to pasta, the diet Toni suggests for koi is diverse, healthy and a load of fun to feed!
New pond owners do their best to keep their fish healthy and happy. But thanks to the rapid breeding and growth rates of many fish, even the most well-intentioned fishkeepers can find their ponds dangerously overstocked in a matter of months. Carolyn Weise describes the circumstances that can turn a happy pond into a cramped, unhealthy habitat — and the steps you can take to prevent the transformation.
A well-designed water garden looks natural and organic, as though Mother Nature had lovingly placed each plant. But when you’re building your water garden from scratch, the selection and placement of plants falls to you! John Mark Courtney outlines the characteristics to consider when choosing which plants to use in your naturalistic (and healthy) backyard oasis.
Today’s tradesmen are highly specialized in one particular area. But is that the best approach? Eric Triplett longs to be like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo instead — a master of many different fields. Here, The Pond Digger explains what it means to be a true Renaissance man … and demonstrates how a desire for knowledge in many areas can change your career forever.
Pond lovers love fish. Pond lovers love plants. The problem: fish love plants too, and a few hungry koi can destroy your precious flora in a matter of days. Thankfully, creating an easy separation between the two is just one of the many benefits of an upper-pond design. From aesthetic appeal to filtration and oxygenation, Rick Smith outlines why a second tier may be just the design your water feature needs.