Articles About Ponds and Water Gardens

Winter Pond Maintenance: Heaters or Aerators?

In the northern climates this is a question that I hear quite often. Do I need to install fish pond water heater or pond aeration equipment? Let me begin by saying if you don’t have fish in your water garden it is not necessary to install either one. An argument can be made that one is more important than the other, however both can keep an area of the pond surface free from ice.

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Tags: Customer Tips, Contractors, Pond Aeration, Pond Maintenance, Pond Fish

6 Ways to Get Customers Into Your Water Garden Shop This Winter

Before you decide to “shut down shop” for the winter, consider how many of your products could be gifts and the profits from holiday events you could host.  Besides, you’ll see some of your existing customers in holiday spirit.  Some of these are things I was a part of in the past and some are ideas that I have seen or heard about from other pond retailers along the way.  The most important thing is to get people in the door.

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Tags: Retailers

Late Season Pond Project Idea for Contractors

Winter may cause snow to fall, but it doesn't have to cause your revenue to fall too!

The holidays are a great opportunity to market fountain installs. Rock columns, bubbling rocks, or mini cascading falls are easy to install, can run all winter, and can be done in a day or less. Since these projects don’t take a lot of time to install they can be easily scheduled around the weather.

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Tags: Contractors, Fountains

How to Grow Your Pond Business on the Internet

We all know the state of our economy. To say we are struggling right now is an understatement. Your pond business is most likely down and your budget is tight. You need to find a way to drive growth in 2012, but investing in anything new doesn't seem like an option right now.

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Tags: Distributors

How To Find a Leak in a Pond

Most water gardens are considered "closed systems" because water is recirculating vs. constantly coming in and out.  That means there are only a few ways water can actually escape. 

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Tags: Pond Troubleshooting, Pond Maintenance, Pond Tips

Prevent Wall Waterfall Equipment from Breaking

Get the Right Retaining Wall Waterfall Equipment

Spillway Boxes: Look for spillway boxes that are made from durable materials like 18 gage stainless steel.  Some spillways are made from a thinner steel or acrylic glass, which may warp or break under the weight of heavy blocks or from freezing and thawing in seasonal climates.  Also look for a model that is an all-welded design, which will ensure that the unit does not leak. 

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Tags: Wall Waterfalls, Pond Equipment

How a Retaining Wall Waterfall Works

A beautiful yet simple way to add the aesthetics of water to your surroundings is to build a retaining wall waterfall.   The water flows out from the stone in a nice, smooth sheet and into a basin below.  These wall waterfalls can be easily added to any block wall structure and are a great alternative to fountains.  They can be used to adorn a garden, pool, outdoor living area, or even a home or business foyer!

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Tags: Wall Waterfalls, Types of Ponds

Easy Pondless Waterfall Maintenance

Pond-less waterfalls have re-circulating water that cascades over natural rock formations and disappears into a hidden water reservoir, similar to a water fountain.  You can set the pump on a timer so it only runs at certain times of the day.  They are perfect for homeowners who want the sights and sounds of a waterfall without the maintenance of a pond.

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Tags: Pond Maintenance, Pondless Waterfalls

What to Know About Routine Pond Cleaning

Ecology Matters!

The well balanced water garden happens when plants and animals in and around your pond function together to maintain their own health and vitality.  Balance your pond’s ecosystem to let nature work to decrease your time and effort required for maintenance.

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Tags: Pond Maintenance

Do This When Building Koi Gardens

Koi were developed from the common carp in the 1820s by the Japanese and are called the “jewels” of the water garden  because of their bright colorings. They are friendly fish that like to enjoy a special hand-fed treat.  Traditional koi ponds are usually planned for a depth of 3-6 feet and serious koi enthusiasts favor larger ponds for their fish.
Koi are pets that can live 30-50 years (or as long as 200!) and require special equipment and care.  The  pond is their home that you will need to vigilantly maintain in order to keep them thriving.  Small koi only a few inches long are usually start at $10, but koi that are three feet big and have what is known as a “good lineage” could cost anywhere between $60,000 and $300,000 each!
A koi gardens have different requirements than other water gardens.  To build a successful, thriving garden, do these three things:
  1. Build a koi garden in an area that has plenty of shade.  Koi prefer filtered light and will acquire better coloration than if they are subjected to direct sunlight. 
  2. Install an aerator, which is a piece of equipment that is used to add oxygen to water.   Koi gardens are often deeper than the average garden pond and require more oxygen and better circulation.  Aeration will ensure adequate amounts of oxygen for koi during the warmer months as well as the long winter. 
  3. Invest in a high quality filtration system.   Koi prefer muddy, dirty water and they tend to stir up soil at pond bottoms, causing turbid water quality.  Good pond filtration will help to keep the pond clear
Keep in mind that koi gardens add additional costs  to the tradition water garden.  It may be beneficial to hire a professional koi pond installer to help you build a healthy home  for these new pets.
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Tags: Koi Gardens, Types of Ponds, Pond Fish

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