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SUCCESS WITH WATER FEATURES SEMINAR

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: May 12th, 2010 | No Comments on SUCCESS WITH WATER FEATURES SEMINAR

Success!

As most people do in their work lives; I attend seminars, workshops, trade shows and other industry related events when I can. I recently had the occasion to hit an industry event being held by Greg Wittstock “The Pond Guy”.

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THE STAYCATION POND

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: May 3rd, 2010 | No Comments on THE STAYCATION POND

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Every now and then we all come across a new buzzword. Well, in my industry and in several others as well one of the latest “buzzes” is the staycation. Maybe you’ve heard of this latest trend with homeowners.

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LED POND LIGHTING

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: April 27th, 2010 | 2 Comments on LED POND LIGHTING

LED

I’ll deny I said this, but I want to turn your pond green.
As I try to continually steer Full Service Aquatics towards becoming “greener” in our practices and products I sometimes feel like that goal gets a bit farther away with every step forward, but in a good way.

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NATURAL PREDATOR PROTECTION

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: February 24th, 2010 | 6 Comments on NATURAL PREDATOR PROTECTION

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Ok, pond owners this is the time of year that we all have to start our vigilance and watch out for herons showing up at out pond. Late winter is always the time of year that the herons start making their patrols in search of that easy meal, of our beloved pets, from our ponds. We all get a bit complacent this time of year in checking our ponds but now is the time to start being a bit more aware of our ponds presence to local herons.

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RAIN GARDEN CERTIFICATION FOR RAINWATER HARVESTING IN NEW JERSEY

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: February 22nd, 2010 | No Comments on RAIN GARDEN CERTIFICATION FOR RAINWATER HARVESTING IN NEW JERSEY

On February 18, 2010 I spent the day working on the first part of my Rain Garden Certification process through Rutgers University Extension. The first part of this process was spent doing class time. I was able to spend the day with several other candidates in a lecture hall meeting with and connecting with some of our areas top rain garden experts and professionals. Topics ranged from the basics of what is a rain garden to installation process, site selection, plants to use, benefits of rain gardens, regulations for rain gardens, as well as a panel of rain garden experts made available for us to field questions and an open exchange of ideas.

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KOI NUTRITION AND CHEERIOS

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: February 9th, 2010 | 9 Comments on KOI NUTRITION AND CHEERIOS

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This morning I fed my koi Cheerios, yes you read that right, Cheerios. Like most mornings I went out to feed my guys before heading out for the day and realized that I was at my last handful of koi food and this was one hungry pond installation full of koi fish. The fistful of food I threw in disappeared right quick and my koi seemed to be giving me a look as if they were actually sizing me up as to whether I might make a palatable breakfast for them, should I happen to slip or accidentally get pulled into the pond by this group of otherwise unassuming pond fish.

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THE FROZEN POND

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 25th, 2010 | 28 Comments on THE FROZEN POND

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    Frozen ponds is a subject that of course only seems to pop up seasonally, like during winter…well of course, why worry about it at any other time of year? The problem I see again and again with many pond owners is a real misunderstanding of what is happening with their ponds during this season, and if the subject is not addressed quickly the season ends and if a pond is not frozen why talk about it. So NOW is the perfect time. Here in the northeast U.S. I’d guess just about everyone’s ponds are frozen if they have not taken the steps to de-ice their ponds. So, naturally this is the time everyone goes into panic mode about what to do with their iced over pond.

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DE-ICING YOUR POND PT.2

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 14th, 2010 | No Comments on DE-ICING YOUR POND PT.2

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Now you’ve chosen what type of de-icer you plan to use it’s a good idea to know how to install them. It is best to place the de-icer in your pond at the time of winterizing your pond. You may not necessarily have to have it plugged in but it is staged and ready to go. The floating de-icer is best installed away from the edge of the pond as far towards the middle of pond as the cord will allow, if you have a larger pond you will want ot consider using multiple units. Many floating pond de-icers come with attachments to keep the heating element from coming in contact with pond edging or equipment.

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DE-ICING YOUR POND

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 6th, 2010 | 10 Comments on DE-ICING YOUR POND

Frozen pond

It’s that time of year here in the Northeast US that pond owners need to keep an eye on their ponds. Typically when January hits, this area will receive some sustained below freezing weather that will surely create ice on unheated ponds. Pond heaters are a pretty costly approach to controlling temperatures in the pond but they do work well. I usually recommend to my pond customers that the use of at least a de-icer should be employed by those who are not able to swing the costs of a pond heating system; this recommendation applies to pretty much ALL my customers, myself included.

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POND SAFETY AWARENESS

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: December 30th, 2009 | No Comments on POND SAFETY AWARENESS

Pond Safety New Jersey (NJ)

Pond safety is a pretty tough topic to be able to come to any one solution as to what would be definite guidelines for safety. The difficulty in defining this matter comes from the fact that there are so many types of ponds, waterfalls, koi ponds, fountains, water features, and streams. Each one has its own safety issues that need to be addressed. Discussing some good general guidelines for pond safety should help any reader fine tune some pond safety guidelines for your particular pond installation. Safety is an issue/concern that is often expressed by people who are in the pond market looking at doing a constructed pond installation. Pond installation safety can be addressed regionally as well in that guidelines, regulations and codes of safety will vary from state to state or even town to town; a New Jersey pond installation will not be looked at as the same pond if it is a Pennsylvania pond installation.

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