Anyone do Just Ponds/"Water gardens"?

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by me1223, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. me1223

    me1223 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    I was just wondering if anyone on here does just ponds/water gardens as their entire landscaping job, so you would only take on a job which involves pond work, however may include landscaping if asked to. Does anyone do this part time in addition to their regular 9-5 job? Do you think it would be possible to do it, or is the demand just not there?
  2. mljt1956

    mljt1956 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Not sure what the demand is there in Ontario but here in NY there is a big demand. Ponds were a hobby of mine for years. I have 3 and am thinking about putting in another.

    When my sons were in college, I started a pond business to keep them busy in the summer while out of school. The biggest demand for installing ponds is during the spring and early summer months. I keep adding to it, first by offering monthly maintenance programs, then weekly maintenance programs, pond sitting for when people are on vacation (feeding fish) then added landscaping.

    I am in the process of scalling back at this time. Hope to be fully retired by the end of the year.

    There is pleanty of work and you can make a decent living.
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    the market is still evolving, but thats all some people do is install ponds. Unfortunately its something that depends on the economy because its really a luxury for most people.

    I am thinking of dropping my maintenance work next year so I can have more time for ponds (and a few other things).
  4. n2h20

    n2h20 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 503

    ive been installing, repairing and maintaining ponds for over 6 years now.. make a pretty good living at it. I work alone with a helper every once and awhile.
    a little advertising and work of'll be on your way/.
  5. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    I have been looking at getting alot more in ponds...maybe even making ponds most if not all of my business. I did one in the spring, and caught the bug. I have been learning everything I can about ponds and waterfalls. The next phone book for next year I will have the biggest ad for ponds and waterfalls in the phonebook.
  6. mljt1956

    mljt1956 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Try Val-Pak or the Money Mailer. I had very good luck with Val-Pak.
  7. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    what % return did this yeild?
  8. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    I was thinking of leaning that way, and even had almost a solid month of pond work, but I'm finding that I want to do a variety, even if just pruning, ponds and some design.

    The niche is there.

    I think the way to make the transition is to advertise heavier in the desired niche, and bid slightly higher in the niche which you want to phase out.

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