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Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

This simple, mossy Waterfall & stream is tucked into this landscaped area with hollies behind and a Japanese Maple tree flanking it to the left. Beautiful in any season!

My offering for Monday’s ‘Moment of Zen’… 

 

Have a great day! And a Merry Christmas! 🎅🏻

 

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

What a perfect wintry morning! It’s freezing cold, sleet and freezing rain have been coming down, and I just turned 50 years old! 😳

Everyone has been asking me “How does it feel to turn 50”? So I’ve been reflecting & pondering on the question… 🤔

This has always been my philosophy. Growing older is a privilege & if your lucky, you’ll age gracefully … But you don’t have to fully “grow up”! 😊

50 feels pretty good really! I’ve been blessed with a great family & wonderful friends & I love ❤️ my Job! Plus, it’s almost Christmas 🎄

Christmas is coming fast this year!

Christmas is coming fast this year! But, we are all ready for a wonderful Christmas with family & friends 🎅🏻

Thank you All for the outpouring of love the last couple days! It made hitting the “Half Century Mark” a pleasure 😍

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

~ Sophia Loren.

Peace, Love & Merry Christmas!

Mark Carter

 

 



Saturday Christmas Shoppers | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Merry Christmas! It’s that time again and we are here to assist you at the nursery. Unique gift ideas and more!

Plus –

Gift Certificate are available and can be used for retail items as well as delivery & set-up charges | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

 

If you really want to go all out –

A Holiday Pond Package will change your life & bring beauty & nature to your back door 365 days a year. | 731-424-2206

The ultimate gift from Carters is one of our Holiday Pond Packages. We make a custom card and gift box for you to put under the tree! Then, at your command, we come out on a scheduled Design Consultation & personally design your new custom  Water Feature! * (Ask for more details & about our great finance program!).

100% Financing with NO money down! Approval in 5 – 10 minutes or less.

 

Merry Christmas!

 

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

Awesome day today with the 180 Crew! Special guests Lori Nunnery & LoLo we’re in the studio talking about local events.

Check this one out!

Support RIFA and come hear some great music! Next Friday the 14th.!

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– We talked about fall & winter garden chores, LOTS to do outside!

  •  Cleaning up the landscape
  • trimming trees
  • planting shrubs, trees & Bulbs
  • Leaf cleanup
  • composting!
  • Whitewashing trees – why? To protect the trunk from sun & insects.

– We also talked about Christmas traditions & gifts, etc. including one of our Biggies at the nursery – The Christmas Pond Package! What is that? Well it’s a very special gift indeed. You take a custom made gift box home to put under the tree 🌲 In the box is a video showing you what to expect from your new purchase  – A hand made card accompanies the gift box. Then the recipient calls me and we set up a Personal Design Consultation and design your new water feature, then the crew from Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio comes out and builds your new Custom Water Feature. Call Carters Nursery today for more details – 731-424-2206.

Today is my birthday 🎂 Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

Basking in my Birthday happiness 😊

There’s a chance of snow over the weekend! But, the good kind! 😊 No accumulation is expected! So we get the beauty but not the bad roads… Enjoy

Great show today! Thanks & Merry Christmas! 🎄 🎅🏻

 

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 9-11am Call in with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions at 731-423-8101.
OR you can TEXT us at 731-277-5155. Listen LIVE at 101.5 WNWS – FM Talk Radio – on your smart phone using your TuneIn app.!

 

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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Winter Water Garden Checklist / Be Ready! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I really want everyone with a Water Garden or Koi Pond to be prepared and to stay ahead of potential problems. Cold weather is here and snow is in the forecast, so being prepared is important. I post this every year, but I still  get people asking me these questions. So I have learned to keep on posting! Repetition is a huge part of getting a message through… Be prepared 😊

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.

We stock bulk pond netting at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN | It will keep debris out of your pond & help protect your fish from predators during the cold, bare months.

HEALTHY FISH:
Its time to STOP feeding your Koi. The water temps are below 50 degrees F  here in West Tn  now, so it’s time… Spring isn’t really that far away…

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.

A snowy landscape is Beautiful! Get out and take some beautiful pictures 😊

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. (This is why I always say “keep a dry hose” or a 5 gallon bucket for this purpose! If & when you use your water hose be sure to drain it when finished-to keep it from freezing and bursting, or just 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.

If you turn your pond off in a bad freeze, use a floating heater/de-icer to maintain a hole in the ice to exchange gases/oxygen for your fish’s health and well being. You can purchase a floating pond heater at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.

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.

Keep using your Bacteria through the winter for a cleaner, healthier pond.

I hope this helps! I enjoy the winter, it is really a great season! So many birds visit the Pond to drink and eat, it’s a wonderful time to do all my garden planning and I know that Spring is right around the corner!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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Hump Day Koi Fix – Cool Koi Facts | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s Wednesday, AKA: Hump Day! The day of the week that I like to blog about Koi. I have spent a lot of time lately blogging about Koi colors & markings and different varieties, etc… Today how about some fun facts… –

Some of my Koi. The Big Sanke in the middle of the pack – right below the Koi with the yellow ‘Ki’ head) is named Jaws 🙂 I got him when he was 15 years old. He lived another 15 years in my Pond and died at the age of 30 or so. A Koi breeder told me thats probably a good average age for a domestic Koi in a backyard Water Garden. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

 

10 Cool Koi Facts –

1- Did you know that Koi and Goldfish aren’t the same species? Koi are descendants of common Carp and weren’t selectively bred until the 1800’s.
2- Goldfish were bred for their beauty and were prized by collectors 100’s of years before Koi were developed.
3- Koi were originally used as a food source. They were originally brought to Japan for this sole purpose.
4- Koi get MUCH larger than Goldfish! The largest measured/recorded Koi was 4 feet in length & weighed over 90 pounds! WOW!

WOW! This is a HUGE Koi! Koi can grow up to 48″ in length and weigh over 50+ pounds…

5- Koi can live a LONG time! The oldest recorded Koi was named ‘Hanako’, (pronounced han-nah-koh) which means ‘Flower Maid’ in Japanese. Hanako lived to be 226 years old! WOW!

6- The aquatic plants in your Koi Pond not only look beautiful and provide natural habitat, they help provide much needed SHADE! Koi sunburn badly!
7- Koi LOVE different foods! Try feeding them lettuce, peas, watermelon and oranges!

It’s time to feed the fish 🙂 Try something different. Koi LOVE fresh fruit and veggies too!

8- We love them for their bright,beautiful colors, but, their colors make them a target for predators like Herons and other birds of prey. Install a ‘Fish Cave’ to give them a place to hide from danger.
9- One female Koi can lay as many as 50,000 eggs during a breeding season! Up to 50% can hatch… WOW! That’s a LOT of babies!
10- Koi are intelligent and trainable! You can easily train your koi to eat from your hand and to ring a bell for a treat! Prety Cool!

 

I LOVE learning more about my finned friends and I hope you do too!

Happy Pondering! and Merry Christmas!🎄

PS: Koi make a wonderful gift! 🎅🏻

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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Preview/Teaser of Some Changes at the Nursery | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

A few pictures and tidbits of what’s happening at the Nursery…

The Koi Shack’ is fully stocked! I know from experience that the “Pond Person” in your life  LOVES his or her Pond! They love everything about the Pond Lifestyle too 😊 Christmas is the perfect time to get them something special –

That “Pond Crazy” person in your life will be thrilled with any present they received for their favorite hobby 😊

AND, we are doing something different in the retail shop… I will update you on WHAT we are doing in a day or two… I’m excited! You will be too 😀

Happy Pondering! & Merry Christmas! 🎄

 

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