Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
Retention ponds are becoming increasingly more popular on
both residential and commercial sites, and many states and
municipalities now require them in new developments. Although they have a
variety of functions, including flood control, their main purpose is a
distinctly eco-green one, and that is to manage stormwater runoff.
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.
Many young people graduating from high school don't have a clue as to what to be when they 'grow up'. David Katz, founder and president of Elite Landscaping in Poughkeepsie, New York, was not one of them. He knew from the get-go what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.
One of the most popular misconceptions homeowners have today about pond ownership is that it’s too high maintenance. They’ve heard myths and horror stories about algae taking over, fish dying, mosquito infestation, smelly water, and more.
From Wisconsin to Texas, from California to Maine, as the warmer weather moves in, most states become more watchful for toxic algae, a blue-green variety that is potentially harmful.
Seems like we're short on
just about everything these
days: time, money, water and especially
labor. Advances in green
have made it possible to work
more efficiently, but we still need
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