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How to deal with Predators in Koi Ponds | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN
January 18, 2018, 12:23 pm
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Have you ever looked out the window and seen a Blue Heron in your Water Garden? OH NO, my Koi! Or have you ever seen a dog, cat or raccoon harassing you Koi? You go out there and run them off… But, what happens when your gone and trouble comes knocking? What can I do to Protect my fishy friends?

A Blue Heron is major Predator of our Koi and pond fish! BUT, we can stop them from harming our ‘finned friends’.

The good news is most pond hobbyists will never have to deal with predators! BUT, IF you are attacked by a “Pond Predator”, there are things you can do to help!

#1 is a Fish Cave! This usually starts with the initial install of the Pond, building a ledge or cave within the stone work of the pond walls. If you already have a pond and want a fish cave – No Problem! A fish cave is an easy addition during your yearly cleanout.

If you want to do something right NOW, you can come by Carters Nursery & grab a ‘Koi Castle’ and install in about 1 minute 🙂

A koi castle is an easy to install protector for you pond fish. It will provide them cover from Pond Predators!

Another inexpensive way to protect your Koi is to use a motion-activated water sprayer system like a Scarecrow. A ‘Scarecrow’  will hit those heron with a timely jet spray of water. They are VERY effective! But can only be used when the temp’s are above freezing.

A scarecrow really works to run off Pond Predators like Heron, raccoons, unwanted pets, etc. We sell these at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN. Call for info at 731-424-2206

 

You can also use a Heron or Alligator Decoy. I have sold hundreds of these and most say they work well.  They also look very attractive by the pond!

Alligator decoys look cool and can help keep Pond Predators at bay.
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Heron Decoys can really help to detour Pond Predators! They also look cool 🙂 We sell these at Carters Nursery in Jackson, TN

If your having problems with Pond Predators, I hope this article will help you! It’s an awful feeling to loose a Koi like this. The good thing is, with a little pre-planning and preparation you can almost assure that you and your fish will survive an encounter with a ‘Pond Predator’.

Happy Pondering!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
www.cartercountry.com

 

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Snow Daze are FUN Days!
January 17, 2018, 3:29 pm
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You know, we don’t many bonafied snow days around here… When we do – IT’S ON! 4-wheelers, tractors and sleds, old car hoods to slide down a hill on, snow men, snow balls, snow cream, etc. etc… 🙂 We were just warming up for a minute this morning getting ready for round 2 & it started snowing again! SO, BEAUTIFUL! Then the sun came out and the snow didn’t stop – WOW! A Sun-Snow Shower 🙂 Awesome morning!
Then I got to remembering all the old sayings that the old folks used for weather. Stuff like ‘if it rains on the first, rain for 15 days…Blackberry winter, Indian Summer, etc., so I posted this thought on facebook and got so many old sayings from Facebook friends. Here are just a few old sayings – When snow stays around….”The snow is lying waiting on the next one”.  OR “the devil is smiling when its raining and the sun shines” & “The number of fogs in august = number of snows in winter”. “My grandmother always used to say that if it was raining and the Sun was shining, the devil was beating his wife”. Or one of my favorites “If snowflakes were secrets, everyone one would raise their face to listen”. And on it went 🙂
My grandmother had a saying for everything too! I’m sure she had one for when it’s snowing on a sunny day, but I can’t remember it. BUT, at least I had time to think about it today while we were playing in the snow.

She can play all day in the snow!

Ranger is ready!

Y’all have fun today! Dress warm!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Networking in the digital age | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN
January 16, 2018, 11:59 am
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Old school networking is still done (chamber of commerce meetings, mixers, rotary, biz. after hours, assoc. meetings, etc…), but to a lesser extent in most places. It seems everyone is now on-line and taking part in the new world of media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, Houzz,  YouTube, etc., etc… My how the world has changed 🙂 I was really surprised today when I logged in and saw a message from Facebook that said I had received 50,000 likes from friends!

I was blown away this morning when I saw that I had received 50k likes! When I first started doing this for Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio I thought it was a fad 🙂

Anyway, thanks to ALL my friends for the likes! I think this is just a start to whole new future of networking & marketing!

PS: Please follow my blog and share with friends.

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Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
www.cartercountry.com


When should I start planning my Spring Landscaping Project? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Question : When should I start planning my Spring Landscaping Project?

Great question!

Answer : Right Away! The sooner the better! There is NO time like the present! Etc…

I literally just spoke with a nice lady on the phone about her dream landscape and water garden design. After we talked for a little while about her project she asked “When should we get together, April”? I said, how about next week? You can never start designing to early, and you will be first on the schedule when the weather breaks! “Wonderful” she replied!

The problem is, most people don’t call until Spring has already sprung… The trees are blooming, the birds are singing, and Excitement is in the air 🙂 Which is fine, but then you are on a schedule list that may be fairly long. Most of the time by April the 1st. we are already booked into late Spring to early Summer… To many people, that’s confusing. They ask – Why so long? Can’t you start next week? 😉 Believe me, I want to get to your project as soon as possible! BUT, the time to prepare for Spring is now – our Spring starts in February as soon as the ground is workable.

I hope this helps y’all get ahead of the “Spring rush”. Knowing is half the battle 🙂

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com



Landscape Lighting | Water Feature Lighting – 24 hour, 4 season Enjoyment! Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Do you enjoy your Water Garden &/or Outdoor Spaces at night? I try to ALWAYS include Landscape Lighting in all my designs. I like to tell my clients that you get 2 designs for the price of 1! The daytime feature & then the nighttime feature 🙂 IF you have never experienced a well designed “Nightscape”, you are missing out! Its a beautiful world at night!

A beautifully lit Pond & Landscape! I want to share the possibilities with you! I do all the design work for Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. Let me know if I can assist you in Landscape Lighting your outdoor spaces.

Installing outdoor Landscape Lighting will bring new life to your outdoor spaces and will allow you to enjoy your walkways, patio, water garden & swimming areas 24 hours a day. Knowing how to accent the  focal points in your landscape, lighting up your walkways and steps and up-lighting accent points on your house are some of the ways I can help extend your enjoyment & bring tranquility and elegance to your property.

I took this one last night after a big snow. The beauty of the Landscape brought me outside to enjoy the Pond.

A properly designed Nightscape can change EVERYTHING!

 

Lighting your Fountains and Focal Points will really beautify your Landscape!

I hope you enjoy looking at these beautiful pictures in this album. This is my Pinterest page and is 100% my work at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN

 

Thanks & Happy Pondering!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com



Snowy Ponds Rock!
January 13, 2018, 1:55 pm
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We just got a present from mother nature – a 6″ snow on top of a base layer of ice! So most of us are stuck at home… BUT, I can still enjoy my Pond! Ponds are great because even in the Winter on a snowy day you find great beauty and abundant life all around! The birds and flowing water truly feed my soul. Here are a few pictures to enjoy. Imagine looking out your window and seeing one like this in your own backyard!

This is my stream after a 6″ snow. BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE my Water Garden year round!

 

 

Here is a great comparison picture of the same waterfall Summer vs. Winter. BOTH are so Beautiful!

 

Thanks & Happy Pondering!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com



A legend retires & a tradition lives on!

Today was a special day. A sad day for many. But definitely a special day! Our favorite talk radio guru, Bill Way, hung up the headphones and retired from his daily show “It’s Your Turn with Bill Way” on 101,5FM in Jackson, Tn.

Bill has been involved in the media business for over 50 years & hosted this show for the last 24 years at this station. During a three-month sabbatical, Bill and his wife, Susan, enjoyed traveling around the country together. In a note to management Bill wrote, “For the first time in our entire married life we can do whatever we want to do whenever we want to do it… I welcome the tremendous opportunities the coming years will bring.” With a touch of nostalgia, Bill added; “What a run we had.”

Larry Wood, station manager stated: “Bill Way’s service to the community on News/Talk 101.5 FM is greatly appreciated, and we wish Bill and Susan much enjoyment in the years ahead.”

I met Bill many years ago when he and his wife Susan attended one of our charity Pond Tours. They loved the sound and beauty of the Water Gardens so much that they decided to get one of their own! I helped him to get everything set up and running smoothly & he enjoyed his new Water Garden so much that he invited me to visit the show to talk all about his new found hobby. I had never done radio like this before – completely caller driven, talk radio! Kinda scary…. &  WOW! The boards were jammed the entire show with LOTS of callers hungry for information about this hobby that Bill enthusiastically described as only he could 🙂 So he invited me to come back. And the next show was AWESOME and the boards were JAMMED the entire show again! So he invited me to come back again the next Friday…. AND on & on it went, every Friday for over 12 years! Bill & I talked about everything from Koi Ponds and Pondless Waterfalls to moles, crepe myrtles, hummingbirds & how to cook the ultimate roasted Roma tomatoes! I don’t know if there is any subject to do with gardening & outdoor living that we didn’t cover? WHAT A BLAST I have had working and sharing with our community with this man!

 

Bill’s talk radio show “It’s Your Turn with Bill Way” was the #1 show for over 2 decades in West TN.

Hats off and Congratulation’s to my main man Bill Way! What a run indeed sir! We should all be so lucky! Thanks for so much entertainment and friendship these past many years! You will be missed!

 

PS: I will be continuing to do the Friday gardening segment with Dan Reaves from 10-11am. So please continue to tune in! AND please continue to call in LIVE with ALL your gardening & outdoor living questions every Friday!

 

Peace & Love!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com