Turf Magazine - May, 2012

PRODUCT FOCUS

Water Features and Aquatic Weed Control

Water features can be the focal point of any garden, and can upgrade an existing garden to a true outdoor tranquility space. A water feature can consist of fountains, pools, ponds, waterfalls, streams and more, and can range in size and style to fit any homeowner's yard and budget.

In today's economy, outdoor living upgrades are becoming more popular as people are finding it more cost-effective to invest in their properties than to spend that money on a vacation. And, water features can offer an easy solution to your clients looking for something a little different.

A simple fountain added to a landscape bed can transform an outdoor area into a stunning landscape. These generally require no construction and utilize pumps to keep water recirculating. For your clients looking for larger projects, you can consider a koi pond or a larger body of water, such as a pond or pool or waterfall.

Of course, just like any other aspect of a landscaped area, the next step is maintaining these features. Aquatic weed and algae control is a must to keep these spaces looking great and odor-free.

This month's Product Focus includes everything from fountains to pond building kits, as well as colorants to help control algae and aeration tubing to deliver air to ponds and lake beds. Also, you can find additional information about the companies highlighted in blue by visiting their advertisements in this issue.

Air-O-Lator

Font' N-Aire Ready and Platinum fountains combine aesthetic beauty with a natural way to improve water quality and health. Easy to install, service and upgrade.

www.airolator.com

Alpine Corp.

Water features come in a variety of styles and sizes, including the two-tier log waterfall fountain with integrated LED lights. Made of fiberglass, it has a long-life pump.

www.alpine4u.com

Becker Underwood

Admiral blue lake colorant helps control algae and aquatic vegetation for weed-free water features. It comes in liquid and water-soluble packet formulations.

www.beckerunderwood.com

Border Magic

Water Feature Boulders are designed for ease of maintenance. Made of reinforced, enhanced concrete, Boulder Designs products can be customized to any size, shape or color.

www.boulderdesigns.net

Kuriyama of America

Kuri Tec Nautilus weighted aeration tubing is made of flexible PVC and sinks to the bottom without the use of additional weights. It comes in several sizes.

www.kuriyama.com

PondBuilder

Fountain Basins feature a flat, supported top deck with recessed plumbing channels for hose and a pocket for a manifold. Available in mini, medium and large sizes.

www.pondbuilder.com


Next month will feature Product Focuses on Tractors & Attachments and Aerators & Turf Cultivators.