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Friday Radio Report | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I missed everyone today on the 180 😞I have been a little under the weather.. But, please tune in to the “Best Little Show” in the business! Friday’s are always great with the 180’ Crew! Today they are on a LIVE remote from

‘Live’ from Rhodes Family Diner in Medina, Tennessee!

Tune into 101.5rm! Or listen on your TuneIn App.! Or go to the WNWS website – http://www.wnws.com

I will be back next week to talk Spring! Spring Fever is definitely in the air!

 

Have a Great Weekend!

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.!

 

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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Late Winter/Early Spring Commercial | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Ok, we are in the “Foothills of Spring”! Soon, the sky will clear, the temps will warm & the whole world will come alive again! That first nice weekend, the phone starts ringing, and it don’t slow down until Late Fall 😊 Are you ready?

I Love watching the seasons change in the gardens around the Nursery! It won’t be long now till Spring is Ushered in 😊 Get on the schedule now to insure your projects completion in time to enjoy the Spring season. Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

 

Spring is Coming!

 

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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What Happens To My Koi If They Outlive Me? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

A great client that has become a good friend recently asked me to help him pick out a few Koi for his new Water Garden. I helped him Design his Pond and Waterfalls last year and we built it in the Fall. Long story short – He LOVES it! He’s spent every spare, dry, bearable moment messing around out there this Winter and can’t wait until Spring when he can really set up housekeeping for the Spring/Summer/Fall season! 🙂 Now. it’s time to get some fish for his new Pond and he’s excited! We looked at quite a few Koi, & We asked each other all kinds of questions as you might imagine, the one he asked me that really touched me was “What happens to my Koi if they outlive me”?…

A domestic Koi, in average conditions can live upwards of 30 years…

He read one of my blogs, in where I mentioned the “Famous Japanese Koi”, ‘Hanako’ that lived to be over 225 years old! He realized they can be long living pets and just wanted to hear what might happen to them. 😊 Pretty neat to think about that. In Japan Koi are prized and in some cases passed down, even willed to family upon the owners death. It’s an honor.

I have been in business long enough that I have actually dealt with  this situation more than once. Most of the time the Koi stay with the Pond & the spouse and/or family carries on. But I have seen people move the fish to other Ponds, and even sell or give the fish to other people with Ponds of their own. I myself have taken many Koi in and fostered them until they could be placed in a new home.

Then I reminded him, Koi means Love! And Love will always find a way! 😊 I told told him – “Enjoy your Pond, & enjoy your Koi! They will bring you many years of Interest & enjoyment”. Words to live by…

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

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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Time To Apply Dormant Oil To Your Fruit Trees & Crepe Myrtles | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Question – When do I apply Dormant Oil to my fruit trees & Crepe Myrtles?

I got this question Friday on the radio & wanted to expound on my answer a bit… The name really says it all – Dormant oil… You apply it when your trees are fully dormant, before the buds break in late winter/early Spring. Its the first step in any fruit tree spray program and maybe the most important. When you spray your trees with this product, it will smother overwintering insects like – aphids, scale & mites. It will also kill their eggs. Don’t skimp, wet the tree limbs and trunk down till they are soaking wet & dripping.

Inexpensive and easy to apply, Dormant Oil is your first step in a fruit tree spray program! AND a tool to help combat Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Dormant oil will have an added emulsifier to help it mix with water in your sprayer. But shake it well and shake it often 🙂
Make sure to spray on a day where it will be above freezing for at least 24 hours! The next couple of weeks will be the perfect time to do this here in West Tennessee.

Dormant oil is also a way to help control the Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale (CMBS) that have invaded our area! Dormant Oil is a good first step in a control program for these new, invasive insects! For more info on CMBS click here – https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/NR-2018-04-CMBSTaskForce.aspx

Applying Dormant Oil is a great way to start the season! Let’s do all we can to fight CMBS!

A little more advice – clean up last years leaf matter, fallen fruit and branches, etc. This will help insure that overwintering insects and fungi are out of the way.

I Hope this helps you get started down the road to better quality fruit and healthier Crepe Myrtles!

Here’s to Spring!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Nothing says Spring to me, like a freshly cleaned pond! I just LOVE it! ❤️ Spring feeding time is getting near and my finned friends & I are ready!

The Waterfalls and Pond are clean, clear and ready for the season! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I keep a pretty close eye 👁 on my Water Features, so it wasn’t as monumental a task as it could have been😉 but there’s still a LOT of benefits to starting the season with a clean Pond! Devoid of dirty filters, half rotten leaves, fish waste and decaying plant matter from last years growth. My Koi really appreciate it too as your about to see 😊 I went out at dark and shot this short video after the Pond was full and the Waterfalls running. The Koi are so happy! They are swimming and sifting through the gravel and so active. I ❤️ My Koi! I hope this little video  gives you a nice feeling too! A little bit o’ Zen on a Monday morning…

 

Here’s to Spring!

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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http://www.cartercountry.com
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Sunday Reflections…

It’s so nice to have family staying with us for a spell. Even if they are in town for a funeral… Or should I say a “Celebration of Life”! My cousins and sister and myself spent so many good times here on the family place. We would sit up and talk, play, spend all night outside in the dark, many times getting in trouble 😇 Cousins are our first friends as children, at least that’s my experience 😊 For them, it’s coming home again. For me it’s a chance to catch up, visit & break bread together. I got up and cooked breakfast for everyone & we ate and had juice & coffee ☕️. It sure does feel good to have family!

Hey grandpa, what’s fer breakfast? Sausages with onions, fried eggs, toast with jam & save room for some country ham 😊

 

I remember when we were little kids and
would stay at grandma and grandpa’s
house all night.

We would get scolded when we talked in
bed until once again the room would
grow quiet.

Just when we thought we were out of
trouble, one of us would think of some-
thing funny to say. We could hear footsteps
coming down the hall, that meant that grandpa
was on his way.

Now grandma and grandpa could be quite
stern, but never could they be mean.
Mostly it was a lot of love that came
from them, that is what we had seen.

Finally we would settle down for the
night and before we knew it, it was the
next day. We weren’t so anxious to get up
because we had talked the night away.

Grandma would yell, you kids get up,
Get out of bed it’s time for you to eat.
We could already smell the biscuits,
bacon and eggs, we knew we were in for
quite a treat.

We were right because when we saw the
table set with all the goodies galore.
It only made us want to stay a grandma
and grandpa’s house more and more and
more.

   ~ Terry Wheeler

 

It’s a bittersweet reunion, but you count your blessings where you can.

Rest In Peace Mark Asher! 🙏🏻

 

God Bless! Here’s to Sunday Mornings with Family!

 

Mark C.



Rest In Peace Mark Asher

Cancer is a terrible disease! Mark Asher fought the good fight and has gone on to glory. Rest In Peace Mark 😞

Rest In Peace Mark Asher!

https://www.wbbjtv.com/2019/02/11/mr-mark-allen-asher/

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there.
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there.
I did not die.

~ Mary Frye