Irrigation & Green Industry - Waterscapes http://www.igin.com/articles.sec-92-1-waterscapes.html <![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.

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<![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).

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<![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..]]> <![CDATA[Building a Better WATER FEATURE - ]]> Water is a powerful resource. A welldesigned water feature can add natural beauty and visual excitement to its surroundings, offer an inspiring view and create a peaceful atmosphere within a host of environments]]> <![CDATA[Oxygen in Your Pond: Are Your Levels up to Par? - ]]> Oxygen is one of—if not the most—vital element on the face of this earth.]]> <![CDATA[THINGS THAT BUG ME IN THE POND INDUSTRY - ]]> I’ve learned by seeing, assessing and fixing thousands of ponds, done by do-it-yourselfers or “certified” high dollar so-called “professionals”. There’s always some individual walking around with a rubber mallet, looking for another anvil to break.]]> <![CDATA[SMALLER WATER FEATURES. . . BIGGER CASH FLOW - ]]> There’s a saying, “Bigger is better.” Although that’s not always the case, it took me a while to get the message, but I finally did get it.]]> <![CDATA[Aeration Makes Pond Management Eco-Friendly - ]]> Ponds and lakes are valuable natural resources. They add beauty to the landscape, provide recreation and serve as a habitat for fish and wildlife. A natural body of water is a complex biological, chemical and physical community.]]>