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Late Winter/Early Spring News | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tn.
February 27, 2017, 1:01 pm
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FINACING NOW AVAILABLE
CALL TO GET FURTHER INFO
CARTER’S NURSERY, POND, & PATIO, INC.
731-424-2206
AQUAGARDENER 
 SPRING 2017 EDITION
 

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
–  Hal Borland 

  

Carter’s Nursery 

Spring Festival & Customer Appreciation Day! 

APRIL 1ST (SATURDAY) 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are hosting something for the whole family! We will hold Educational Workshops about pond & fish care for hobbyists and hard core pond lovers. Also we will have a Petting Zoo & Pony Rides for the kids, & GREAT FOOD for all! Come out and help us kick off SPRING!
(Saturday, APRIL 1ST; 9 AM till 2 PM) This is a FREE event!

 

  

The Petting Zoo  GRILLIN OUT 1 PONY RIDES

GRILLIN OUT 2   POND CLEAN OUT

  

 

“The flowers of late winter and early spring
occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.”

– Gertrude S. Wister

 

 
CARTER’S NURSERY IS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE SEED SAVERS PROGRAM
GET YOUR SEEDS HERE

 

WE CURRENTLY HAVE OUR “SEED SAVER”, SEEDS IN STOCK. 
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL VARIETY,
 I PROBABLY HAVE IT; OR I CAN GET IT FOR YOU! 
WHETHER IT IS:

ORGANIC VEGETABLES, 

HERBS, WILD FLOWERS,
OR OLD FASHIONED FLOWER SEEDS!
STOP BUY AND PICK YOURS UP TODAY.
EXAMPLE OF COMPANION GARDENING: THESE ARE THE SEEDS REQUIRED TO PLANT “THE 3 SISTERS”; CORN, BEANS, & SQUASH
 

 
STOP IN TO OUR GARDEN CENTER 
FOR MORE HELP WITH 
ORGANIC GARDENING AND DESIGN IDEAS!
 
 
We have your 

spring planting needs:
we have -top soil, manure, bagged compost’, mulch,
 seeds,
onion sets, &  seed potatoes
IT’S ALL IN STOCK NOW
SO COME AND GET EM

 

“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
         ~  William Wordsworth  
 

RIPPLES MOONLIGHT
SPRING is coming! OR is it already here? I walked my garden late yesterday and was just blown away by all the emerging & BLOOMING plants and trees… WOW! It has been a weird, warm, wet winter – But again “Spring is Coming”!
We have a great season lined up for everyone in 2017! Spring fest is on APRIL 1st this year! NO “FOOLIN” ��  Followed by some fun events, The Annual Butterfly release, Pond Tours, “Evenings by the Pond” get together’s, garden shows and much, much more!
We have seed potatoes, onion sets, heirloom seeds, and a store FULL of pond supplies to get your season kicking! So come in and see us & here’s to a “YUGE” 2017 season!
        ~ Mark


 
 
COOL SEASON WATER TREATMENTS

AND COOL TEMPERATURE KOI FOOD
ARE IN STOCK NOW!
 
 
Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria
* Reduces ammonia, nitrite and organic debris
* 1.5 billion CFU per ounce
* Works in very cold water, as cold as 35°F/2°C
* Safe for fish, plants and animals
 
 
16 oz/473 ml
1 pump treats 100 gal./378 liters
1 bottle treats 10,000 gal./37,800 liters
$28.00
 
BLACKWATER PREMIUM KOI AND GOLDFISH COOL SEASON FISH FOOD 5 LB BAG $30.00
THIS FISH FOOD DOES NOT CONTAIN CORN. CORN IS THE WORST THING YOU CAN FEED ANY OF YOUR PETS. THEY DO NOT DIGEST IT. THIS IS TOP QUALITY FOOD FOR YOUR FISH & THEY LOVE IT
Blackwater Premium Koi and Goldfish Cool Season fish food, is formulated specifically when your pond water temperature goes below 60°F. It contains a complete, balanced mix of ingredients that are easier for fish to digest during the cooler seasons. Ideal to feed before breeding to help decrease fat deposits and the chance of “egg bound” females. Perfect for
feeding between 45°F-60°F.
Ingredients:
Wheat Germ, Fish Meal, Plant Protein Products, Dried Yeast Culture, Shrimp Meal, Garlic, Rice Germ, Monosodium Glutamate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Choline Chloride, d-biotine, Thiamine Monoitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodate, Ethylenediamine Dihydrodide, Ascorbic Acid.

32% Protein, 4% Fat, 4% Fiber
Customer Reviews for Blackwater Cool Season Koi & Goldfish Food
“Best food ever!!!”
Pros: has garlic in it already
Cons: none
This food has krill and plant protein and garlic in it and that adds to the winter heath of your fish. It also has fish oil and lots of vitamins in it. My other food did not have garlic in it and garlic helps the fish immune system and helps their digestion. The price is the best I have ever found for healthy food. None of the gluten or fillers in this food. Just the healthy stuff. I feel guilty now for feeding them for over 10 years with that other food. It also floats and my fish gobble it up.
Would you Recommend this to a friend: Yes
-JENNI
MEMPHIS, TN

 

It’s Pond Clean-Out Season Again!  

 

 

Koi, th Jewels of the Pond

 

Carter’s Nursery offers seasonal Pond Cleaning service for our customers. We will perform a full clean out of your Pond, Water Garden and/or Pondless Waterfall or Fountain. If you would like to get on the Pond Service Schedule please call the office at  731-424-2206 and speak to Jo, Donna, or Sandra to schedule it. Time is running out to schedule before it gets HOT, so call us right away to get on the schedule.  

 

WOULD YOU LIKE

 “A FACE LIFT “

FOR YOUR POND? 

 

Think of what women have gone through for years 

to look beautiful and fresh.

They’ve used all kinds of contraptions. 

From creams to actual contraptions . . . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contraptions are not needed to update your pond and make it look beautiful and fresh again. It just needs a little TLC. Some of our customers have had their ponds for 15-20 years. They want something newer or just different. It doesn’t take much to give it a “New” look either. We can add some bigger rocks or change out plants, widen a stream, or deepen a stream. Did you know we can even add another waterfall without having to rip anything out! If you have been thinking, you wish your pond had a newer look, then give us a call at the office to schedule a face lift appointment. 731-424-2206

 

HELPFUL TIP : IF YOU HAVE YOUR FACE LIFT DONE DURING A POND CLEAN OUT, IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY TO DO THEM AT THE SAME TIME.

 

 

 

Don’t Let Algae Cramp Your Style!

Electronic Solution to String Algae

Beat string algae with an IonGen!

The IonGen™ System G2 Electronic Algae Controller allows you to spend your time relaxing next to your water feature instead of trying to maintain it!

  • Drastically reduces pond Mainteneance caused by algae
  • Helps reduce unsightly string algae
  • Can be installed on existing Aquascape System
  • Compatible with water containing fish and plants
  • Energy efficient (less than $1.00 per month in electricity)
  • Unit weight: 3.3 lbs.
  • MSRP $450.00

Call to get your IonGen today!

(Installation services available) GET YOUR ION-GEN INSTALLED DURING YOUR POND CLEAN OUT AND YOU WILL SAVE MONEY ON INSTALLATION SERVICE.

“It was a weekly chore trying to remove the algae that grew on the rocks in our stream and waterfall. We installed an IonGen™ System and the algae simply went away and it hasn’t come back since.” – IonGen™ System User

ION GEN BEFORE & AFTER

 

               

 

For you DIY-ers out there, we also sell any supplies pond owners will need; to do their clean-outs their selves. Below you will find a Pond Clean-out Check List to help you along. If you’re not sure what size filters you need, we can help you. Just come by or call! Also like us on Facebook & follow Mark’s page for great details and tips.

‘SPRING’ POND CLEAN-OUT CHECK LIST  

 

 

1. Fish Net – Before you drain your pond for the spring clean-out, you’ll need to catch and relocate your fish into a holding tank with a bubbler. Preferably in the shade. Buying a good quality fish net will help you do this without injuring your fish during the catch and release.

2. Planting Pots – Spring clean-out is a great time to thin and divide plants that have grown out of bounds or crowded a pot. Make sure you have some aquatic plant pots handy so you can re-pot and share your new plants with other water gardeners or expand them to other areas of your pond.

3.Extra Gravel – After the freeze and thaw of winter, you’ll inevitably find rocks and gravel that have shifted, exposing bare liner. With an extra bag or two of gravel, you can cover exposed liner in a jiffy.

4. Lily Tabs – Take advantage of the water-free accessibility of water lilies, lotus, and other plants that may need to be fertilized, by having a container of lily tabs on hand when you’re doing your pond clean-out.

5. Container for Plant Debris – Grab an old plastic plant pot or bucket so you can easily dispose of any debris that you gather from the pond bottom or from dead plant matter.

6. Rubber Gloves and Boots – Spring clean-outs can be cold, wet, and messy. Arming yourself with boots and gloves will go a long way toward making this chore much less unpleasant.

7. Fish Container and Bubbler Pump – A large tub will be needed so you can have a roomy place to keep your fish during the clean-out. A Bubbler Pump will help keep oxygen levels up for your fish and reduce stress.

8. Net to Cover the Fish Container – Fish, especially large Koi, jump, and they may very well jump right out of the container that you have set up for them. Be sure to cover it with a net that is pulled tight across the container to prevent them from jumping.

9. Pump and Discharge Pipe – To drain the water out of the pond, you will need a pump and some discharge pipe. It’s OK to use your pond pump, but even better if you have an extra pump to lessen the wear and tare on your pond pump. About 2,000 GPH, depending on the size of your pond, will do the trick.

10. High Pressure Nozzle – Use a pressure nozzle on your garden hose to dislodge debris and algae from the rocks.

11. De-Toxifier – you should always use De-Toxifier to Filter and Purify the water going into the newly filled pond before you put the fish back in.

12. Expanding Foam – Expanding foam may need a bit of a touch up in some areas. Be prepared with a can of it just in case.

13. New Filter Mats – Filter mats should be replaced approximately every 3 years. If you think it might be time, be prepared by purchasing replacements prior to your clean-out.

14. Pruners – Part of a spring clean-out is pruning back dead plant material from the previous season. Make sure you have a good pair of pruners or scissors to get the job done.

15. Plastic Rake – You can rake the leaves right out of your pond with a small plastic (child’s) rake. The plastic lessens the chance of damaging the liner and the small size makes it easier to maneuver in tight spots better than an adult size rake.

 

16. Beneficial Bacteria – Always follow up your pond clean-out with Beneficial Bacteria.

 

 

 
I have listed our upcoming events here for you; but I’m also supplying you a link to our events page on our blog:
Daylight Saving Time: Starts Sunday, March 12th, 2017
 
March 17th & 18th (Friday & Saturday)  Memphis Area Master Gardeners 13th Annual “Spring Fling”, located in the Red Barn, at the Agricenter in Memphis. Come by to see us and check out our unique water features.!
March 25th (Saturday) – We will be setting up at the Tipton County Master Gardeners Annual Lawn & Garden Expo. in Brighton, TN. Come by and see our display.
April 1st (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!
Spring is in the air! Come celebrate with Carters Nursery Pond & Patio at our annual spring fest! Fun for the whole family!
April 14th – Good Friday
 
April 16th (Sunday) – EASTER
 
May 14th  (Sunday) – Mother’s Day! DON’T miss this one!
 
Evenings By The Pond!:
Come out and enjoy a “laid back” evening exploring a beautiful garden & relaxing 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 togethers are held during the warm season; and in different people’s 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
Our ‘Evenings by the Pond’ are always great!
-The first “Evening by the Pond” of the season will be hosted by Mark Carter & family at the Nursery Home on Thursday May 18th at 6:30 pm.
Address – 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, TN 38305.
Please RSVP by calling 731-424-2206.
June 3rd (Saturday) 9am -11am- Butterfly Garden Workshop & Release: 
We will have a great guest speaker, information on creating your own butterfly garden, special butterfly plants & more! Our annual Butterfly Release is a don’t miss event! Call to register and order a butterfly!
PLUS – a LIVE BUTTERFLY RELEASE! Bring the kids AND bring a CAMERA!  Don’t miss this one!  Call for more info and to order a Butterfly to personally release!
 #731-424-2206 – ask for Jo or Donna.
June 18th – Father’s Day!  Let’s remember Dad!
POND TOURS IN 2017
We are sponsoring two (2) Pond Tours this year; a Summer Pond Tour (June 24th) & a Fall ‘Moonlight’ Pond Tour (October 7th). Both are fund raisers for our local Jackson Madison County Humane Society.
June 24th – Our 19th 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 fundraiser for the J.M.C. Humane Society. Tickets are $10 each (children under 12 are FREE!) Carter’s 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.
Unique water gardens, pondless waterfalls and fountains will be on the tour.
~ This is also the night of the “MOONLIGHT LUAU!” There is always Live music! + We cook fresh pork wrapped in banana leaves & spiced up “Kalua Style”, and have a party beneath the stars!
This is a DON’T MISS event!  More info to come!
July 4th (Tuesday) – Independence Day! 
We will be closed Monday the 3rd & Tuesday the 4th in observance of this holiday!
 SUMMER SEMINARS: We do three (3) every Summer!  Come Take part in our educational Classes, tour our gardens and ponds & stay for lunch with Mark Carter “Pond Guy” and crew for a great day of fun and learning.
 
July 15th (Saturday) – 9am -2 pm, ‘Get Your Feet Wet with Water Gardening!’ will kick off this season.
August – Date & Class TBA
 
September – Date & Class TBA
October 7th – Our 13th Annual “Moonlight” Pond Tour.  This is our annual nighttime 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 each (children under 12 are FREE!)   100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the J.M.C. Humane Society!  Carters Nursery is “Pond Central” for the pond tour and we invite you to come by throughout the evening to sit a spell, have a drink & something to eat.  Enjoy the fire pit and look at the BEAUTIFUL garden and water feature enhanced by night time lighting (night scaping).
This BEAUTIFUL property is on the Moonlight Pond Tour! Come see what Outdoor living is all about.
October 21st – 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!
The pumpkin carving is always a hit!
Daylight Saving Time Ends: Sunday, November 5th, 2017
Thanks. All of us with Carter’s Nursery hope to see you all here!
 Call me with any questions at #731-424-2206.
Here’s to a GREAT 2017!
Come Visit, The Koi Shack !
For all you “Koi Lovers” out there, come visit the “Koi Shack”! We offer only, healthy, select quality Koi here at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. This commitment to quality Koi has really driven our fish business and we have grown!
I want you all to come in and see the “Koi Shack” that we have developed. We have added lots of new Koi tanks and carry a line of select Koi, elite Koi & premium quality Koi.
These Koi are healthy and beautiful! We also carry the very best Koi Food, Koi Medications and Koi/Pond Supplies on the market!
Come on in and look around, our fish experts can answer questions and help you with your existing Koi & Gold Fish or help you pick out the “Perfect” Koi for your pond at home.
See Ya’ll Soon
~ Mark Carter

Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio, Inc., 2846 Old Medina Rd, Jackson, TN 38305