These are tough times we’re going through, especially in the pond and waterscape industry. Many of us have never gone through a period like this before. I hear many contractors talking about recession, depression, economic downturn, stalled economy and, quite frankly, it can be depressing if you let it get to you.
I live in the Northwest. By most accounts,
this area is considered to
be the epicenter of the “green” revolution.
According to Popular Science
magazine, the region contains three
of the nation’s Top Green Cities:
Portland and Eugene, Oregon, and
Being in the construction
the early ’90s, I have
learned that equipment
and “stuff” doesn’t necessarily
work the way it’s
supposed to. Being in the
water garden or pond
business since the turn of
the century, this century
of course, that ideology
Back when our company first started and we were trying to rent warehouse space,
the leasing company didn’t want to work with us. They were worried that because
we sold a product that was such an optional, discretionary item, if a recession hit,
our business would spiral downward along with the economy.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 GREG WITTSTOCK, THE POND GUY
THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY
recently recognized the
importance of the International
Professional Pond Contractors
Association (IPPCA) at
its annual humanitarian event,
“Ponditat For Humanity.”
THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF
ponds and large water features
among residential and commercial
markets translates into a high
profit margin for your business,
and are simpler to build than you
think. For this article, we will focus
on the mechanics and technique of
how to build a large water feature.
WHEN UNCLE SAM TURNS GREEN,
should you as a business person be
concerned? Maybe. Until recently,
most pond installers or irrigators
never paid much attention to or had
to be concerned with the EPA or the
subordinate Water Sense Program.
No homeowner wants to look out
their window and see green or tea-colored
water in their backyard
pond. This is why creating a
healthy, low-maintenance ecosystem
is so important to any contractor
who installs water features.
How many times have your customers told you that they've always dreamed
of having a pond in their backyard? Uh . . . wait a minute, now let's
review that. Did they say pond or did they actually say, 'I've always
dreamed of having a waterfall in my backyard'?