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2016 Events Schedule

Feburary 26, 27 & 28th. (Fri., Sat. & Sunday) – Jackson Home Expo at the Jackson, Tn. Fairgrounds. Come see our BEAUTIFUL Displays and enjoy the early SPRING with us.

Daylight Saving Time: Starts Sunday, March 13, 2016.

March 18th. & 19th. (Friday & Saturday)- The Spring Fling with the Memphis Master Gardeners. At the Red Barn at the Agricenter in Memphis. Come down and see us.

March 27th. (Sunday) – EASTER

April 2nd. (Saturday) – We will be setting up at the Tipton Co. Master Gardeners Annual Lawn & Garden Expo. in Brighton, Tn. Come by and see our display.

April 9th. (Saturday) – Carter’s Nursery Spring Festival & Customer Appreciation Day! Something for the whole family! Workshops & classes, a Petting Zoo & Pony Rides for the kids + GREAT FOOD for all! Come out and help us kick off SPRING! (Saturday 9am. till 2pm.) This is a FREE event!

May 8th. – Mother’s Day! DON’T miss this one!

Pond Tours in 2015.
We are holding 3 Pond Tours this year. A Spring Pond Tour (May 14th.), a Summer Pond Tour (June 25th.), & a Fall ‘Moonlight’ Pond Tour (September 17th.). All are fund raisers for our local Jackson Madison Co. Humane Society.

Carters Nursery Pond & Patio is holding 3 Pond Tours this year. A Spring Pond Tour (May 14th.), a Summer Pond Tour (June 25th.), & a Fall ‘Moonlight’ Pond Tour (September 17th.). All are fund raisers for our local Jackson Madison Co. Humane Society.

Carters Nursery Pond & Patio is holding 3 Pond Tours this year. A Spring Pond Tour (May 14th.), a Summer Pond Tour (June 25th.), & a Fall ‘Moonlight’ Pond Tour (September 17th.). All are fund raisers for our local Jackson Madison Co. Humane Society.

May 14th. (Saturday) – Our Annual Spring Pond Tour – Our ‘Spring’ Pond Tour. is the 1st. of the season! (Always the Sat. after Mother’s Day) – A FUN and Beautiful Day! This is a Self Guided Tour and this is a Fundraiser for the Jackson Humane Society. We have been doing this for 17 years and counting for our local Humane Society and we hope you will come out and join us! The tour starts at 9am.! Tickets are $10 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Humane Society! Carters Nursery is “Pond Central” for the Pond Tour and we invite you to come by throughout the day to sit a spell, have a drink & something to eat and look at the BEAUTIFUL Gardens and Water Features.

Evenings By The Pond!
Come out and enjoy a laid back evening by the pond. We always enjoy some good food, visit/meet friends & we try to always have an educational program on Water Gardens, Aquatic Plants, Fish OR some cool subject for all that come. These little get together’s are held through the warm season and are in different peoples homes & backyards. If you would like to come & enjoy the evening please let us know and you will be put on the e-mail invitation list. Call Jo at 731-424-2206

–The 1st. “Evening by the Pond” of the season will be hosted by Mark Carter & family at the Nursery Home on Thursday May 19th. at 6:30pm.
Address – 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305.

– Other dates and places are TBA & will be sent out by personal e-mail.

June 4th. (Saturday) 9am. – 11am. – Butterfly Release: We will have some great guest speakers, information on creating your own butterfly garden & a LIVE BUTTERFLY RELEASE! Bring the kids AND bring a CAMERA! Don’t miss this one! Call for more info and to get your name on the list for a Butterfly to Personally Release! #731-424-2206 – ask for Jo.

Don't miss Carters Nursery Pond & Patio's Butterfly House and Butterfly Plants!

Don’t miss Carters Nursery Pond & Patio’s Butterfly House and Butterfly Plants!

June 19th. – Father’s Day! Let’s remember dad!

June 25th. – 18th. Annual Summer Pond Tour – Our ‘Summer’ Pond Tour (Always the Saturday after Father’s Day) is A FUN and Beautiful Day! This is a Self Guided Tour and this is a Fundraiser for the Jackson Humane Society. Tickets are $10 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). Carters Nursery is “Pond Central” for the Pond Tour and we invite you to come by throughout the day to sit a spell, have a drink & something to eat and look at the BEAUTIFUL Gardens and Water Features.

~ This is also the night of the “Moonlight Luau!” Live music! + We cook a whole hog in the ground “Kalua Style” and have a party beneath the stars! This is a DON’T MISS event! More info to come!

July 4th. (Monday) – Independence Day! We will be closed the 2nd, 3rd & 4th. in observance of the holiday!

SUMMER SEMINARS (We do 3 every Summer!)

-July 16th. –9am. – 2pm. OPEN HOUSE! ‘Get Your Feet Wet with Water Gardening!’ This is our annual Summer OPEN HOUSE at Carter’s Nursery! Take part in our Classes, Tour our Gardens and Ponds & stay for lunch with Mark Carter “Pond Guy” and crew for a great day of Fun and Learning.

August – Date & Class TBA

September – Date & Class TBA

September 17th. 12th. annual Moonlight Pond Tour. This is our Annual Night Time Pond Tour! The tour always falls on a Saturday Night closest to the Full Moon!! Don’t miss this Unique Garden Tour Experience! Tickets are $10 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Humane Society! Carters Nursery is “Pond Central” for the Pond Tour and we invite you to come by throughout the evening and night to sit a spell, have a drink & something to eat. Enjoy the Fire Pit and look at the BEAUTIFUL Garden and Water Feature Lighting.

Glowing Fountains, waterfalls & more await at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio's annual Moonlight Pond Tour!

Glowing Fountains, waterfalls & more await at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio’s annual Moonlight Pond Tour!

October 15th. – Fall Festival/Customer Appreciation Day. Come take part in our Workshops & Classes! FREE LUNCH for ALL that come! Petting Zoo & Pony Rides for the kids! BIG SALES for the Fall Season for all that come!
Daylight Saving Time Ends : Sunday, November 6, 2016
Thanks, and I hope to see you all here! Call me with any questions at #731-424-2206. Here’s to a GREAT 2016!

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



Happy New Year! 2016 Rocks!
January 1, 2016, 10:05 am
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Happy New Year! I’m already overwhelmed with good wishes from friends & family :) each new year is like a blank slate or an open road – The possibilities are endless! Here’s to a GREAT 2016!

~ Cheers!

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Water Features, Ponds, Pondless Waterfall, Fountains | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tn. | Oakland, Tn. |Collierville, Tn. |Germantown, Tn.| Cordova, Tn. |Atoka, Tn. |Munford, Tn.

Water Features are popping up everywhere! It seems everyone wants one in their Landscape. Water Features take many forms! Check out these examples of Water Gardens, Pondless Waterfalls & Custom Fountains that we have designed and installed here at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio and all around West Tn. We work in towns all over West Tn. like Jackson, Tn. | Oakland, Tn. | Collierville, Tn. | Germantown, Tn.| Cordova, Tn. | Atoka, Tn. | Munford, Tn. & many more. If your in or around West Tn., give me a call – I can Help!

Click on the link –

Water Gardens – https://www.pinterest.com/cartersnursery/water-gardens/

Pondless Waterfalls https://www.pinterest.com/cartersnursery/pondless-waterfalls/

Custom Fountains  https://www.pinterest.com/cartersnursery/custom-fountains/

As a Landscape & Water Feature Designer my single biggest request is to design and install Custom Watergardens. It seems that everyone wants their own personal Water Feature . This trend has helped coin the phrase ‘Everyone Wants a Water Feature, They Just Don’t Know It Yet’.
A beautiful Water Feature will literally transform a property and take you to another place . A properly designed Waterfeature can also increase your property value by as much as 7 to 15 % , more than any other Landscape improvement . Talk about getting your cake and eating it too!

Water Features, Ponds, Pondless Waterfall, Fountains | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tn. | Oakland, Tn. |Collierville, Tn. |Germantown, Tn.| Cordova, Tn. |Atoka, Tn. |Mumford, Tn.

Water Features, Ponds, Pondless Waterfall, Fountains | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tn. | Oakland, Tn. |Collierville, Tn. |Germantown, Tn.| Cordova, Tn. |Atoka, Tn. |Munford, Tn.

Here is a video that will introduce my business to you and give you a few good examples of beautiful Water Features. The testimonials are from actual customers of mine at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio and I want to thank them for their kind words! As you will soon see, once you get one of these Water Features in your Landscape it changes your life for the better!

If you are needing help with your Water Feature OR are thinking of adding one to your Landscape please give me a call at 731-424-2206. I am happy to talk, answer questions & consult with you in any way that I could be of service.

Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio is a Master Certified Aquascape Contractor and is Licensed, Bonded & Insured. We have been in business since 1989.

Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio is a Master Certified Aquascape Contractor and is Licensed, Bonded & Insured. We have been in business since 1989.

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



Lets get started Composting!
November 21, 2015, 9:06 pm
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We had a few calls on the show Friday about HOW- TO start a compost pile. Here is a little info to help get you started –

FALL is one of my Favorite seasons! Cooler weather, Fall planting and gardening and all the great family gatherings and food are wonderful. Fall is also a GREAT time to start a compost pile. All those leaves, plants and grasses to cut back and all of the upcoming holiday food scraps add up too a great supply of usable components in a compost pile!
Starting a Compost pile is quick , easy and won’t cost you anything to get started! Compost is one of nature’s best mulches and soil amendments and you can use it instead of chemical fertilizers. Compost improves soil structure, texture and increases the soil’s water-holding capacity. Compost loosens clay soils and helps sandy soils to retain water. The organic matter in compost provides food for microorganisms, which in turn keeps the soil in a healthy, balanced condition. Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus are produced naturally by the feeding of microorganisms, so few if any soil amendments will need to be added.

Use your leaves, grass clippings and kitchen scraps to make compost that can be used as soil amendment and mulch!

Use your leaves, grass clippings and kitchen scraps to make compost that can be used as soil amendment and mulch!


It’s easy to get started .

-Bag your grass clippings and mulch up all those leaves for the compost pile!

-Save those kitchen scraps and add them to the compost pile. Kitchen scraps are typically high in nitrogen, which helps heat up the compost pile and speed up the composting process. Egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels and scraps are good candidates for the compost pie. But DON’T add meat, grease or other animal products!

– With a compost pile, bigger is often better. Heat builds up with a bigger pile, but you don’t want to get much bigger than about 3 feet by 3 feet, if it’s too big it can be hard to work around. Multiple piles may be in order .

– Aerate your compost! If you are composting with a pile, or in a static (non-tumbling) compost bin, be sure to mix up the contents so that the pile gets oxygen and can break down effectively. Insert a few pvc pipes to get oxygen to the core and Turn it with a pitch fork from time to time .

– Don’t let the compost completely dry out. A compost pile needs moisture to keep the composting process active , BUT , don’t keep it too wet.

– Too much of any one material will slow down the composting process. If you have all leaves, all grass clippings or an overload of any other single type of material, it can throw off the balance of the pile. It’s best to keep a balanced mix of green (nitrogen) and brown (carbon) materials.

When ready, this compost will be wonderful for the whole garden!

Good Luck and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

– Mark Carter



Plant bulbs in Fall for Spring beauty! Carters Nursery | Jackson , Tn.
November 7, 2015, 3:17 pm
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Do you love to see those yellow “Buttercups” (daffodils) that come up early and bring in the Spring season. I still have some daffodils, crocus and grape hyacinths that my grandma planted and it really feels good to see them blooming every Spring! I was asked a question the other day about when and how to plant some Spring Flowering Bulbs while I was on the radio with Bill Way. It was toward the end of the show and we didn’t have a lot of time to go into any detail, so here is a better explanation…

Spring Flowering Bulbs must be planted in the Fall.

Spring Flowering Bulbs must be planted in the Fall.

The most popular Spring flowering bulbs are daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinths. They are the easiest to grow and find, and the least expensive to buy. You can find them at many Local Nurseries and Garden Centers this time of year (Fall). Here are a few more to check out : alliums, anemones, aconites, dog-tooth violets, fritillaries, grape hyacinths, reticulated iris, glory-of-the-snow, snowdrops, snowflakes, star of Bethlehem.

The best time to plant your bulbs is coming up right now ( In the Fall between Thanksgiving and Christmas), at least it is here in West Tennessee. The bulbs need a lot of cold temp. time to really bloom well, so get them in asap…

Buttercups (Daffodils)  come back year after year! These were planted by my grandmother.

Buttercups (Daffodils) come back year after year! These were planted by my grandmother.

First things first… Like I always say, Come up with a Design Idea! Where are you going to plant these bulbs? How many will you need? Are you going to over plant your new bed with annuals like pansy’s or violas? Get out the pencil and paper and come up with a basic design…Once you have a general idea that you like, get your supplies together and get started!

Make sure too …

#1 – Get good quality, firm, heavy bulbs. NO soft, moldy or stunted ones! The bigger the better.

#2 – Get soil amendments to prepare your holes or beds. Organic is the way to go in my opinion! Blood Meal, Bone meal, Compost and chicken manure have always worked well for me. Work the soil well and as deeply as possible; rich soil and good drainage are key. If its heavy clay, work in some sand to improve drainage.

#3 – Plant you bulbs! Most bulbs get planted 2 to 3 times their diameter in depth except for the smaller ones (less that 1 1/2″), plant them 3 to 4 times their dia. deep. REMEMBER – The point goes up! You can use a bulb planter or garden trowel to install them one at a time or you can excavate an area to the proper depth and do a mass planting of your bulbs and back fill with the soil once they are all put into place. I love the effect that a big mass planting of spring color can make! Even a dozen bulbs around the mailbox can make Spring seem more abundant.

After you get them installed remember to mulch! The mulch will help hold moisture, detour weeds, stabilize the ground temperature and it looks great.

I hope this helps and I hope you plant a bunch of beautiful Spring Flowering Bulbs!

– Mark Carter



What do I need to do to my Pond in the Fall & Winter? Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson Tn.

What do I need to do to my Pond in the Fall & Winter? I get this question a LOT at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio this time of the season. So I publish this checklist every Fall and I hope it helps you.

PLANTS AND DEBRIS:
It’s time to cut back your Aquatic Plants! Remove all the plant debris and organic matter and compost or dispose. Excess organic matter can contribute to increased algae growth. A large amount of leaves collected in the bottom of your pond will decompose and produce tannins. This can be harmful to your fish and reduce water clarity. Leaves and falling debris can also collect in the stream & waterfalls and cause a plant dam. So keep those clear – AND It is very important to keep your skimmer net cleaned out regularly. If you have a lot of tress and don’t net your pond – you may need to check your skimmer DAILY.

Pond netting can be purchased at Carter’s Nursery & can make Fall chores less problematic and will make it easier on you during the winter. This will help make Spring Clean-Outs easier and faster too. – Also a dipper net is a handy tool to have by your pond.

What do I need to do to my Pond in the Fall & Winter? I get this question a LOT at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio this time of the year!

What do I need to do to my Pond in the Fall & Winter? I get this question a LOT at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio this time of the year!

HEALTHY FISH: When water temperatures reach 55 degrees stop feeding your fish or start using Low Temp fish food. (Available at Carter’s Nursery) At these temperatures, their metabolism slows down and eating normal food can make them sick or even cause death. You should always end their feeding cycle with Medicated or Low Temp Fish Food. Medicated and “regular” Fish Food should be finished by the time water temps reach 55 degrees. For an extended feeding time Low Temp can be fed as low as 45 degrees (check bag or ask a sales associate about feeding temps.)

Keep your Koi happy and healthy over the Fall & Winter.

Keep your Koi happy and healthy over the Fall & Winter.

COOL TEMP. WATER TREATMENTS & LOW TEMP BACTERIA treatments should be used until the water temp. reaches 32 degrees. This will keep the bacteria active in your pond and promote healthier water for your fish during a longer period of time. In Spring, as water temps return to 40 degrees you may start the bacteria again. However this will not mean you no-longer need to clean your pond in the Spring because you will still have fish waste and plant debris in your pond that needs to be removed.

Cool Temperature Water Treatments will really help your Water Quality AND they will help keep your fish healthy!

Cool Temperature Water Treatments will really help your Water Quality AND they will help keep your fish healthy!

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO ADD TO THIS LIST FOR WINTER:

WINTER BEAUTY: Leaving your waterfall running all season will not hurt anything. As matter of fact, it could give you some beautiful photo ops. During the fall & winter birds love to come to your pond to drink fresh water, and in winter months; the running water will make some breath taking natural ice sculptures. So keep your camera handy. And get some close ups. But be sure to watch out for ice dams. These can cause your pond to lose some excessive amounts of water. If this happens add water back in to your pond with a hose to bring your water levels back up.

ICE SAFETY: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER break the ice by banging on it. It can cause your fish to go into shock! To allow the escape of poisonous gas, keep a hole open in front of the skimmer. This is IMPORTANT!!! It will keep the gases from building up under the ice and suffocating your fish. This will also allow the pump to get water if surface is frozen. Keep the hole open by use of a floating De-Icer or by adding warm water from a water hose, bucket or pan of water. (If you use your water hose be sure to drain it when finished-to keep it from freezing and bursting, or keep it in your garage).

Thanks,

Mark Carter




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