Irrigation & Green Industry - Waterscapes <![CDATA[Waterscapes & Outdoor Living - ]]> The truth is, large projects require more than just bidding against other contractors. It requires you sitting down and taking a look at your business.]]> <![CDATA[The Nuts and Bolts of Spring Cleanouts - ]]> When it comes to cleaning out a pond, people often make a mountain out of a molehill. Everyone, contractors included, seems to worry about the idea of completely draining a pond once a year. Cleaning a pond doesn’t have to be rocket science and can be broken down into an efficient procedure, so that a two-person crew can perform as many as six to eight cleanouts a day.]]> <![CDATA[Pond Predators and Nets - ]]> One of the unfortunate realities of pond ownership is that there are critters out there that like to dine on one’s fish without the benefit of a chef’s efforts. Most pond owners quickly realize that they now have complete ecosystems in their yard.]]> <![CDATA[Demi Fortuna: Waterscaper of the Year 2014 - ]]>

Demi Fortuna's life was exciting even before landing in his current position as director of product information with Atlantic Water Gardens. Stony Brook, New York has always been home to Fortuna. That's where he was raised, went to school, and attended college. "I don't think people realize how lovely it is here," he says. Fortuna’s mother was an assistant professor at the State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook. She seems to have had a bit of wanderlust. She loved to travel, and Demi and his younger brother got the chance to see the world. His mother’s salary as an assistant professor was enough to cover most of the expenses, but he and his brother helped pay their own way.

<![CDATA[Pond Stars: The New Reality TV Show - ]]> The captivating sounds, beauty and grandeur of ponds, water gardens and stand-alone water features in the landscape have intrigued us through the ages—all the way back to Ancient Greece. Today, it’s a steadily-growing niche within the green industry.]]> <![CDATA[Cadillacs, Mopeds and Octopi - ]]> After reading that title, you may be asking yourself, “What could these three things possibly have in common?” They all have to do with big mistakes in pond and water-feature construction.]]> <![CDATA[After the Hole is Dug... - ]]> You have a new customer who wants you to build them a pond for their backyard. You dig out the area, throw in a liner, fill it with water and then it’s a pond, right? Not even close. There’s a lot more to building a pond; in fact, digging the hole is the easiest part.]]> <![CDATA[Water Features are Cost-and-Energy-Efficient - ]]> If you were to travel to Europe and visit the old cities, you would find many fountains scattered throughout the towns that are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. Even then, the sight and sound of splashing, rippling water was known to have a soothing effect on the psyche.]]> <![CDATA[Maintaining Ponds in Winter - ]]> <![CDATA[Waterscaper of the Year - ]]> Beaulieu has built more than 1,300 water features around the world, including every major city in Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. These include every type and permutation of water feature, many of which he invented, such as the pondless waterfall.]]> <![CDATA[Responsible Pond Building - ]]> Just the other day, I received an email from a long-time customer. I did not build their pond and 50-foot stream initially, but I have been cleaning and putting band-aids on their chronically leaking stream since the start of our professional business relationship.]]> <![CDATA[Waterscapes: The Most Effective Way to Filter Water - ]]> <![CDATA[Basic Pond Building - ]]> Trying to put the basics about building a pond into one short article is very difficult, to say the least. However, in an effort to keep it concise, I’ve broken it down to 15 points that you should keep in mind when building a pond..]]> <![CDATA[Water Features Make Your Backyard a Paradise - ]]>

When we go to the movies, we escape from everyday life. Take a film like The Jungle Book. The viewer is instantly brought to a land of adventure; a world of natural wonders that many would give just about anything to spend some time in.

Of course, at some point we have to face reality; most of us will never get the chance to live in the natural oasis that Mowgli does. But, relaxing next to a waterfall in paradise doesn’t have to be a dream. ]]>
<![CDATA[Preparing Ornamental Waterscapes for Winter - ]]> You have to take many things into consideration when you think of “winterizing” a pond or waterscape. In southern climates, it may be that putting a leaf net up if deciduous trees are present is all you’ll need to do.]]> <![CDATA[Can Your Waterscape Business Survive the Drought? - ]]> There’s something about flowing water that we humans crave. It’s hard to look at a fountain, a babbling brook or peaceful pond and not feel more relaxed. Having a calm, scenic oasis in one’s very own backyard can provide a much-needed reprieve from the stress of everyday urban life.]]> <![CDATA[Green Water - What causes it and what to do about it]]>

Why is the water green?” you might ask. Whenever there is a surplus of available plant food (nitrate), Mother Nature steps in and supplies something to use it, in an attempt to achieve balance. Your water is green because of an explosive growth of small algae and phyto- and zooplanktons.

<![CDATA[Simple Techniques to Create Natural-Looking Streams - ]]>

Steams are simple to build, but can easily become very difficult if a few rules aren’t followed.

When designing streams, the main thing to look for is elevation changes that can work for or against you. Elevations working for you will have the slope coming towards the customer’s viewing area (such as a patio or deck).

<![CDATA[Spring Start-Ups: Ponds - Getting your pond ready for spring]]> In my last article (January, 2012), I discussed the importance of draining, rinsing, and cleaning of a pond in the spring as one of the most effective ways to start the pond year. I still believe this is very true. There are many people who do nothing else for the rest of the year, and that spring cleaning is the only thing that allows their pond to function properly rather than be a nightmare.]]> <![CDATA[Spring Start-Ups - ]]> With the holidays just winding down, now is the time to get your ducks in a row for the spring start-up season. Don’t put it off; the more you plan and do now, the more successful your season will be. Luck tends to frequent those who do their homework..]]>