Carter’s Garden Blog


5th. ANNUAL “AQUATIC EXPO”

Watergardening is the fastest growing gardening hobby in the country! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn tips and techniques from some of the Top Professional Designers and Water Feature Builders in the field at the 5th. Annual Aquatic Expo. You will learn the basics of Water Feature Design,  Construction and Maintenance during this 2 day symposium.

The Aquatic Expo is a 2 day event:

Day 1 : Saturday, March 27th. 9am. till 3pm. at Carter’s Nursery, Pond& Patio.

This will be a ‘Hands On’ day of Learning. You will learn how to  Design and Build a functioning Eco-System Pond during the Saturday class! We will build an AWESOME Waterfall during the class & we will also cover Basic Aquatic Plant Design and talk about Pond Health and Fish Care. You can join in and help with the build  OR you can watch and learn from the sidelines. Bring a lawn chair, boots, gloves and expect a Fun filled day of Learning! (Lunch will be provided).

Day 2 : Sunday, March 28th. 1pm. till 5pm. at Carter’s Nursery, Pond& Patio.

This will be a ‘Hands On’ – Pond Maintenance class! We will cover all the basics of Pond Care and Aquatic Plant care and we will be performing a Full Pond Clean Out! You will learn how to catch and hold your fish and how to complete all the necessary tasks to prepare your pond for the season. We will also show you how to divide and re-pot your Aquatic Plants. We will discuss Koi Health, Disease prevention, and much, much more….

This is a FREE event! Lunch will be provided on Saturday at the Design/Build Class. I hope you can make it!

Call Carter’s Nursery, Pond& Patio to register: 731-424-2206 or E-mail – jocarter@charter.net and check the website at http://www.cartercountry.com

Thanks and I am looking forward to seeing you here!

~ Mark Carter



Winter Ready Checklist for Your POND
January 5, 2010, 9:30 am
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PLANTS AND DEBRIS:
Remove plant debris and other organic matter. 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 can also collect in the stream and cause a plant dam. It is very important to keep your skimmer net cleaned out regularly during the heavy leaf fall, DAILY if needed. Pond netting which can be purchased at Carter’s Nursery can make these things less problematic and will make it easier on you during the winter.

HEALTHY FISH:
When water temperatures reach 55 degrees F, 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 LOW TEMP OR ANTIBIOTIC FISH FOOD.

WINTER BEAUTY:
Leaving your waterfall running all winter will not hurt anything. As matter of fact, it could give you some beautiful photo op’s. 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.

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER break the ice by banging on it. It can cause your fish great harm – it can even KILL them! To allow the escape/exchange of gasses in a frozen over pond, keep a hole open in the ice. This is IMPORTANT!!! It will keep the gases from building up under the ice and allow for oxygen exchange and keep your fish from suffocating. This will also allow the pump to get water if the surface is frozen. If you have a skimmer, this will be MUCH easier on you! The water movement will help keep the ice from forming. You may need to keep the hole open by adding 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). You can also use a floating heater or a small pump in a shallow area to “flash up’ and break the water surface.

LOW TEMP. BACTERIA:
Use Low Temp bacteria treatments when the water reaches 55 degrees F. This will help keep the pond clean, keep the water healthy and make your Spring pond clean out much easier.

I hope this helps! I still try to enjoy winter, it is really a great season! When I start wishing for Spring I always go back to the words of

Henry David Thoreau –

But the winter was not given to us for no purpose.
We must thaw its cold with our genialness….
“Let us sing winter.” What else can we sing,
and our voices be in harmony with the season?

Thanks, Mark Carter