How did you all get into this field?

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by burnsyscapes, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. burnsyscapes

    burnsyscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    I am interested in building small ponds, water features ect.

    How did you all get into doing so? Classes, training, just jumped into without knowing?

    Fill me in!

    Thank you.
  2. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    I'm not in the water gardening field yet, but my business offers pretty much everything else. While getting my horticulture degree, I took classes on construction and a semester in water gardening. From there, I've messed around with water for around 2 years on and off in my own back yard to experiment and judge proper budgeting for features. I also maintain a few features for customers as a part of their landscape management contract.
  3. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,221


    Some manufacturers/distributors offer 'Learn-To-Build' events, some 'How-Tos' can be found on manufacturers websites. Be extremely wary of information found on the internet, especially in Hobbyist style forums. Even on the professional forums, such as this one, mis-information is found. Do your own research.
    If you are going to venture into pond building, most especially those that will contain fish or other aquatic life, you will need to possess a good working knowledge of freshwater biology and bio-chemistry. Much of the information found on the internet is anecdotal at best and has no basis in scientific fact.
    Aquaculture sites, such as the SRAC, provide a great source of information.

  4. WaterWerks

    WaterWerks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I got into this "water feature" business 10+ years ago from working at a local garden center, selling fish and pond supplies. Started off by selling the hard goods and customers asked about install..since the market was slim on "Pond Guys" I ventured out to help and in turn started my own business.
    I've taken classes, seminars did research online, but the best education I found was real work experience...though trial and error I found the best ways do get things done.
    If you don't know..ASK...and never trust a sales rep..
  5. n2h20

    n2h20 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 503

    I started off messing around mybyard in high school. I built a few out of cenent and then learned about liners. I built a few for friendsxwhich were all a mess. I then worked a year at a local pond store and learned thecway I didntblike to work and went on my own. Been on my own since 12 years latervandvyear keeps getting better. Learn what you can before you install a water feature for a client.

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