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July 15 2015
Growing populations have drained down aquifers across the continent. Dated stormwater management systems are in desperate need of an overhaul as heavy rains, often contaminated by raw sewage, flow directly into the nearest creek, river or ocean ...
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May 15 2015
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 ...
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March 16 2015
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 ...
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Jan. 15 2015
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 ...
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Nov. 17 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
Sept. 16 2014
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 ...
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July 15 2014
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 ...
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May 16 2014
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 ...
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March 14 2014
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
Jan. 15 2014
However, remember that the maintenance of ponds is part of your business, and as a business, it is all year long. When the weather turns cold, you just have to love reaching down through two feet of 33° water to pull up a burned-out light fixture…or ...
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Nov. 15 2013
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 ...
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July 16 2013
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 ...
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May 15 2013
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 ...
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March 14 2013
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 ...
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Jan. 14 2013
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, ...
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Nov. 16 2012
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 ...
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Sept. 19 2012
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 ...
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July 17 2012
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 ...
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May 15 2012
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 ...
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March 16 2012
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 ...
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