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Profitable Pond Building: The Money is in the Water

If you're in the green industry, it won't be a secret if I say that ponds are hot. As a testimonial to the legitimacy of the ponds phenomena, USA Today (July 11, 2003 issue) declared 'water features/ponds and decks' to be the two things that homeowners would most like to add to their homes.    More
Monday, April 21, 2008


So You Call Yourself a Professional Waterscapes Contractor...

A typical landscaper-constructed boulder and gravel pond. Note skimmer installation, exposed liner at the base of the waterfall, use of round boulders and flat slate in the waterfall and waterfall box clearly visible.    More
Friday, April 18, 2008 JOEL POLICE

So You Call Yourself a Professional Waterscapes Contractor

AS THE GREEN INDUSTRY continues to expand into new market segments to satisfy customers’ changing tastes, contractors are challenged to keep their labor force up-to-date on new products, services and installation techniques. When new ideas burst onto the scene, (the current hot trend being outdoor kitchens), many companies eagerly seek out a share of the potential jobs. New start-ups enter the marketplace, while established contractors reposition themselves in order to compete effectively. In this atmosphere of change, growth and expansion, everyone rushes to secure jobs, but many are not as quick to ensure the quality of work being done.   More
Saturday, March 1, 2008 JOEL POLICE

Integrating Waterscapes with Hardscapes

One of the greatest challenges a greenscape designer may face is integrating a waterscape into a hardscaped terrain. It really boils down to two basic options: blending flawlessly and contrast.    More
Tuesday, January 1, 2008 DAVE JONES

Swimming Ponds

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You're taking potential customers to one of your client's homes to show them an example of the type of work you do. You've made arrangements with your client and received their permission to show off your skills. As you're walking through the backyard gate, your potential customers suddenly stop and look around with an expression you're now familiar with, and you smile to yourself. You've been there before. Your potential customers are frozen in their tracks; there's a look of awe and amazement like they've been magically whisked to another part of the planet.   More
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Elements of Design: Take Your Water Features to the Next Level

his summer, I've been engaged by Savio Engineering to crisscross the country teaching groups of contractors in hands-on clinics about the fundamentals of water feature construction -- that is, the installation of ponds, water gardens, and pond-free systems.   More
Sunday, July 1, 2007

Winterizing a Pond

If you’ve found installing ponds and water features to be a successful venture, you can take that success to the next level by beginning to maintain ponds as well. Maintaining a    More
Wednesday, November 1, 2006

You Dug The Hole Now What?

At some point in your landscaping career, you decided that it was time to dive into the ever-growing, highly profitable, don’t-be-afraid-to-make-a-buck pond indus    More
Friday, September 1, 2006

Controlling Algae

Friday, September 1, 2006

Understanding Algaes

We’ve all seen those slimy green scums on ponds, lakes, or pools. They’re called algae. And they stubbornly occur in water – the one place in a landscape that shouldn’t look green.    More
Saturday, July 1, 2006 DENNE GOLDSTEIN