Carter’s Garden Blog


2015 Spring Fest. & Aquatic Workshop
March 20, 2015, 7:38 pm
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Jackson, Tn. – Come join us at Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio for our annual Spring Fest.! We will have lots of fun and informative things to take part in. Bring the kids and let them pet the animals at our ‘Petting Zoo’. There will also be Pony Rides available for the kids. For the Adults, we will have several opportunities for you to learn all about Water Gardens! You can get all the information you will need to Design, Build and Maintain a Beautiful Water Garden, Pondless Waterfall or Koi Pond of your own. So if you have a Water Feature and want to learn more about it, the Aquatic Plants available, Pond Fish like Koi, Comets & Shubunkins, etc. you will Love it! AND, if you don’t have a Water Garden, but have been wanting to find out more about them, this is for you too!

Everyone loves to learn more about their pond. Even the kids :)

Everyone loves to learn more about their pond. Even the kids :)

Classes will start around 9am. and will go all the way through till 2pm. We will perform a ‘Hands on’ cleanout of 2 Ponds on site! You can actually see all the work being done, learn and ask questions right there on the spot! We will also have a discussion on Water Garden Design and “How To” Implement one in YOUR Landscape! We will cover the basics of Aquatic Plants and discuss how you can introduce more Aquatic Plants in your Waterscape AND your Landscape.

People gather around to learn the secrets of 'How To' build a Waterfall. AND how to take care of your Pond.

People gather around to learn the secrets of ‘How To’ build a Waterfall. AND how to take care of your Pond.

I will be cooking lunch for all that come, my treat! I’m fixing Hot Dogs and Smoked Sausage with ALL the fixings! We will also be firing up the Saffire Grill to cook some special things & we are going to smoke some pork shoulders on our new ‘Chubby Smoker’! We will have chips and cookies and more! This is my favorite part of the show because I get to grill & cook!

We are gonna cook up some good food!

We are gonna cook up some good food!

Mark it on the calendar and come out and see us!

What: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patios Annual Spring Festival & Aquatic Workshop

Where: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio – 2846 Old Medina Rd. in Jackson, Tn.

When: Saturday, March 28th. from 9am till 2pm.

WHY should I come? It’s going to be a FUN filled day for the whole family! AND it’s FREE! Petting Zoo & Pony Rides for the kids! BIG SALES for the Spring Season and “How To” Classes by the best in the Biz.!

For more information give us a call : # 731-424-2206 or http://www.cartercountry.com/ Y’all Come!



Spring Fest is coming! Carters Nursery Pond & Patio, Jackson, Tn.
March 10, 2015, 4:14 pm
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MARCH 28th. – Carter’s Nursery Spring Festival & Customer Appreciation Day! Something for the whole family! Learn all about Ponds, Water Gardens, Aquatic Plants, Koi & more! Take part in one of our Workshops & classes, enjoy 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!



Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio – Pond Tours in 2015
March 5, 2015, 12:09 pm
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We are holding 3 Pond Tours this year. A Spring Pond Tour (May 16th.), a Summer Pond Tour (June 27th.), & a Fall ‘Moonlight’ Pond Tour (September 26th.). All are fund raisers for our local Jackson Madison Co. Humane Society.

Unique Water Gardens, Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains will be showcased on the Pond Tours.

May 16th.(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 holding this garden tour 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 Pond & Patio 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.

June 27th. – 17th. 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!

September 26th. – 11th 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.

The nighttime garden is a magical world. The Moonlight Pond Tour is AWESOME!

Thanks & I’ll see you ‘around the pond’!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305


Getting my garden and landscape ready for Spring
February 25, 2015, 8:21 am
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Question : What do I do to get my Garden ready for Spring?
The simple Answer is : Lots of things!
I was asked this question on Good Morning West Tn. yesterday morning. We all had some fun talking about working in your garden and gave out some good advice for sure. So this little list is an extension from that for all the folks who didn’t have time to make notes.
Of course clean up is job 1. Rake up those leaves and sticks and debris from the fall and winter. This is so important for the success of your garden! Not only is all that debris unattractive, it can be a home for overwintering insects as well as fungi that can get right back on your plants.
Then -

– Trimming and Pruning! This is a great time of year to get out there and do some trimming.Cut back you Roses, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials, and most Ornamental Shrubs like hollies and boxwoods. Not azaleas yet… Wait until they have bloomed to trim these :) Limb up those trees in the landscape and along the borders too. Many people ask me WHEN to prune their Crape Myrtles, IF you haven’t already, do it now – It’s time!

Pruning tools and organic insecticides are your friends in the garden.

Pruning tools and organic products are your friends in the garden.

– Spray you fruit trees! Start out with a good Dormant Oil spray. Mix as directed on the label and spray well. This is the first step in a Spray program and is well worth the effort!

– Prepare your Soil in the Vegetable Garden! This is a wonderful time to clean up your vegetable garden! Clean out old plants and weeds, till the soil and add some good organic amendments – Chicken Poop, Black Cow manure, lime, Epson Salt, Mushroom Compost and Earthworm Castings. After you till your garden space, rake it out and plant some cool season vegetables like turnips, collards, carrots, radish, and the cool season list goes on…

We have organic soil amendments for your garden. Manure, compost and more.

We have organic soil amendments for your garden. Manure, compost and more.

– Fertilize! This is a great time to fertilize your Shrubs and Trees! This is a great time to fertilize your cool season lawns too. You can use a good balanced fertilizer like 15-15-15 for most chores or you can “Go Green” with a Organic fertilizer like Milorganite. Another GREAT Organic choice is to side dress your shrubs, trees & other plants with Composted Manure! Chicken Poop is my favorite and we have it available at the Nursery.

– Mulch! Aged Hardwood Bark Mulch is the most popular for ornamentals. But there are other great mulches too! Like pine bark, pine needles, cypress mulch, lava rock and decorative gravel. All these are great and really help your plants – it keeps weeds down and looks beautiful, it stabilizes soil temperature, protects the root system, protects the trunk of your trees from mechanical damage from mowers and string trimmers and much more! Mulch is the answer.

We have bulk mulch in stock for your project.

We have bulk mulch in stock for your project.

– Planting! This is an awesome time to plant most any ornamental plants in your landscape! Trees, shrubs, bulbs and more! Get your plan together, go by the nursery and get those beautiful plants in the ground.

OK, I just gave you LOTS to do…. Lets get out there and enjoy the coming season!

Here’s to Spring!

~Mark Carte



Get Mulch, Top Soil, Potting Soil, Chicken Manure, Mushroom Compost, Organic Gardening Supplies at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio, Jackson Tn. 38305
February 21, 2015, 1:18 pm
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Spring is almost here! We have everything ready for your Garden & Landscape at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio – http://www.carterslandscape.com/home.html

We have bulk Mulch, Top Soil, Potting Soil & more at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, Tn. 38305.

We have bulk Mulch, Top Soil, Potting Soil & more at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, Tn. 38305.

We carry Hardwood Bark Mulch for your flower beds. Our mulch is top quality, screened and aged well. Top quality Mulch!

Organic Gardening Supplies and a full line of soils amendment’s are in stock now. We carry only the best brands of Organic amendments and supplies like – Aged chicken manure, aged cow manure, organic earthworm castings, cotton burr compost, aged mushroom compost and a complete line of organic fertilizers & pest control products like insecticidal soap, milky spore, dormant oil, neem oil, organic fungicide  & organic 3 in 1 spray.

Get ready for SPRING with Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.

Get Mulch, Top Soil, Potting Soil, Chicken Manure, Mushroom Compost, Organic Gardening Supplies at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio, Jackson Tn. 38305

Get Mulch, Top Soil, Potting Soil, Chicken Manure, Mushroom Compost, Organic Gardening Supplies at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio, Jackson Tn. 38305

We have several different types of bulk mulch as well as bulk stone, bulk cobble stone, bulk gravel, sand & good bulk topsoil!

 We have several different types of bulk mulch as well as bulk stone, bulk cobble stone, bulk gravel, sand & good bulk topsoil!

So this Spring come by to get your Gardening Supplies like –

*Mulch

*Top Soil

*Potting Soil

*Chicken Manure

*Mushroom Compost

*A complete line of Organic Gardening Supplies at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio, Jackson Tn. 38305.



Help for your Lake, Pond and Water Garden!
February 13, 2015, 4:34 pm
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We have many customers who have a Farm Pond, Lake or Retention Pond as well as a backyard Water Garden. I have been limited on the products that we carry to help with larger bodies of water like Lakes or Farm/Retention Ponds until now. By popular demand from our customers we are now carrying a complete line of Lake and Pond management Water Treatments & Sub-surface Aeration systems! These treatments are easy to apply and work great and the Aeration systems are high quality and install so easily.

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Why Proactive care is the new standard in pond management

The old way
For years, the accepted method of pond management was to wait for a problem, like an algae bloom or excessive aquatic weed growth and then “react to it” with a chemical application. Although this is effective at providing a quick fix, it does not address the actual problem. In many cases, this reactive approach is catching up with pond owners. Those that have been practicing this form of management are finding it more and more difficult to control unwanted weeds and algae. Chemicals are a great tool but not the complete toolbox.

Why is the old way outdated?
Over the years, each time you applied chemicals; weeds and algae were killed off and left to rot on the pond’s bottom. This is equivalent to adding fertilizer to your pond. When weeds and algae die, they immediately start to biodegrade. During this process, the dead organic matter is converted into rich organic muck. Although this would be great for a garden, it has a very negative effect on a pond. The nutrients found in this muck greatly contribute to future weed and algae problems.

The NEW way
There’s a better way to prevent these nutrient buildups from occurring in your pond. We call it PROACTIVE Care involving these tools:

Sub-surface aeration: By aerating your pond from the bottom up, using Airmax® Aeration Systems, you’ll circulate incredible amounts of water, drastically increasing the dissolved oxygen levels in your water column, which in turn will allow for increased levels of beneficial bacteria to accumulate in your pond.

Bacteria augmentation: Naturally occurring beneficial bacteria begin to colonize in most natural ponds when water temperatures reach approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit. During early stages of a pond’s life cycle this may be enough to maintain a healthy ecosystem although as a pond gets older, especially when chemical applications are needed, it is necessary to start thinking proactively to subsidize Mother Nature’s efforts.

The PROACTIVE Care solution? Add Pond Logic® PondClear™ and MuckAway™ natural bacteria to radically increase your bacteria count. The billions of PondClear™ specialized microbes will compete for the nutrients in your water column while the MuckAway™ sinking pellets send billions of microbes to the bottom of your pond, working quickly to eliminate up to 5” of muck each season, as well as prevent future build up.

Pond Shading: Excessive sunlight can have a negative effect on water quality. Adding one of the Pond Logic® Pond Dyes will beautify your pond and provide a natural shade while improving water quality.

By exercising PROACTIVE Care (Sub-surface Aeration, Bacteria Augmentation and Pond Shading), you’ll be aggressively addressing the root of the problem – excess nutrients and sunlight. Give PROACTIVE Care a try… you have nothing to lose – other than nutrients and muck! We GURANTEE you will be happier with the results!

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Natural Bacteria Treatments
With the use of Natural Bacteria and/or Pond Dyes, you can get to the source of common pond problems; excessive nutrients in the water column and the muck at the bottom of the pond. By being proactive and providing microbial competition for the nutrients, you can make maintain a healthy pond for all, including the fish, to enjoy.

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Chemical Treatments
Chemical Treatments are sometimes necessary as a management tool. The more mature a pond is, the more you have to deal with aquatic weeds and algae. They not only can be annoying, but they can choke the life out of any delicate ecosystem if proper action isn’t taken.

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Aquatic Weed Control
Successful aquatic weed control starts with proper identification. The more mature a pond is, the more you have to deal with aquatic weeds and algae. They not only can be annoying, but they can choke the life out of any delicate ecosystem if proper action isn’t taken.

– Identify
Identification is the absolute key to success in controlling aquatic weeds and algae. We’ve had many cases when Chara, which is a form of algae, was mistaken for a pond weed. Many people confuse duckweed and watermeal with floating algae. Both look like floating mats on the pond’s surface, but they are treated very differently. If you are ever in doubt about the type(s) of aquatic weeds or algae you have present in your pond, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call us at 731-424-2206. We are here for your support, and will help you to identify your weeds and give you a solution.
– Eradicate
Once we’ve identified the aquatic weed(s) or algae it’s time to find a solution to get rid of the problem. Carters Nursery carries a wide array of chemicals for controlling your aquatic nuisance species.
– Enjoy
A pond that is clean, clear, and healthy is an excellent place to relax by, swim in, and fish. The whole family can get involved in learning about aquatic ecosystems in this great outdoor classroom. All it takes is to Identify, Eradicate & Enjoy.

Sub-surface Aeration

We have professional quality aeration systems specifically designed for ALL Lakes & Ponds! From shallow water ponds to larger, deeper water lakes we got you covered. Our powerful aeration systems are the quietest, most efficient & easiest to install available on the market period! You will notice the improvement in water quality almost immediately.
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Water Garden Water Treatments

We still have the largest selection of Koi Pond & Water Garden Supplies available in the area. We proudly stock the best of the best in water treatments featuring a full line of Aquascape products!
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Come on by the showroom and check out our displays or give us a call with your questions. It’s time to get control of that problem Pond or Lake now! Call 731-424-2206.

~ Mark Carter



Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio 2015 EVENTS Calendar
January 9, 2015, 9:36 pm
Filed under: General Blog Entry's

February 27 – 28th. & March 1st. (Fri., Sat. & Sunday) – West TN. Home, Lawn & Garden Show at the Jackson, Tn. Fairgrounds. Come see our BEAUTIFUL Displays and enjoy the early SPRING with us.

Daylight Saving Time Starts: Sunday, March 8, 2015

MARCH 20th & 21st. (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 28th. – 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!

April 5th. (Sunday) – EASTER

April 11th. (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 25th. – Learn ALL About Water Gardening! We will go over how to Design, prepare & build an ALL Natural, “Low Maintenance” Water Garden of your own! We will talk everything from Filters to Stone to Aquatic Plants & Fish!Get your hands dirty OR just watch and join the discussion and enjoy a morning in the garden. 9am. till lunch… Please call to Register.

May 10th. – 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 16th.), a Summer Pond Tour (June 27th.), & a Fall ‘Moonlight’ Pond Tour (September 26th.). All are fund raisers for our local Jackson Madison Co. Humane Society.

Unique Water Gardens, Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains will be showcased on the Pond Tours.

Unique Water Gardens, Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains will be showcased on the Pond Tours.

May 16th.(Saturday) – Our Annual Spring POP 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 7th. 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 6th. (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.

Our annual Butterfly Release is a don't miss event!

Our annual Butterfly Release is a don’t miss event!

June 21st. – Father’s Day! Let’s remember dad!

June 27th. – 17th. Annual Summer POP 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. (Saturday) – Independence Day! We will be closed the 3rd., 4th. & 5th. in observance of the holiday!

SUMMER SEMINARS (We do 3 every Summer!)

-July 18th. – 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 the Mark Carter “Pond Guy” and crew for a great day of Fun and Learning.

-August 15th. – Topic TBA

-September 12th. – Topic TBA.

September 26th. – 11th 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.

The nighttime garden is a magical world. The Moonlight Pond Tour is AWESOME!

The nighttime garden is a magical world. The Moonlight Pond Tour is AWESOME!

October 17th. – 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 1, 2015

Thanks, and I hope to see you all here! Call me with any questions at #731-424-2206. Here’s to a GREAT 2015!

~ Mark Carter




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