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The Koi Whispered A Message Today | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

If you don’t like the weather in Tennessee, just wait a few minutes, it will change… Scary sky’s and 70 degrees in January = Tornado weather in Tennessee!

The Koi were moving around today. All that warm rain turned them on… You have to listen closely to hear 👂🏻 their message…

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



Saturday Nursery Sales | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Spring is Coming! And with it LOTS of new plants! So, for the next few days, while they last, we are having a YUGE sale…

The sign says it all! LOTS of great deals to be had! We are moving them out cheap to make way for Spring 🌹

We are open today from 8am till 2pm.

~ Y’all come!

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



Throwback Thursday

2021 is off to an interesting start… But today is #Throwbackthursday! Here’s a small collage of highlights from 2020. LOTS of good things happened in 2020 as well as all the crazy stuff!

2020 was an interesting year! And a year of many 1st’s. A very wise man told me that you get what you focus on! So I try to focus on the good 😊

Throwback Thursday is on! Enjoy your day. This one won’t come again…

Mark C.



Pond Tip | Be Ready For Predators | A Re-Post | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

I try to post Pond Tips from time to time to help others with their Koi Ponds. Some are general info type posts and some are seasonal. This one is a re-post and Is very important during this season. I hope it helps.

“The ponds are bare of any Aquatic Plants this time of the season. Open to the sky… And, sometimes, open to a predator attack! I spoke to a lady yesterday that said some of her fish have just disappeared… Where or What could have gotten them?

Many times when you have fish disappear from your pond, it’s this guy! The sneaky, Great Blue Heron…

I told her several things could have happened (raccoons, cats, birds, etc) and we talked for a little while about her pond and her fish. Sure enough, she had seen a “Large Bird’ messing around her backyard lately… Boom, say hello to Mr. Heron.

Decoys can really help to detour Pond Predators! We sell these at Carters Nursery in Jackson, TN

We didn’t install her Pond originally so we didn’t get to discuss things like “Pond Predators” with her before. So I gave her the run down on things she needed to do to keep them at bay. You normally don’t have problems with Pond Predators if you design to prevent them in the beginning. Here are a few things that can help –

A koi castle is an easy to install protector for you pond fish. It will provide them cover from Pond Predators! We stock these at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Wait, there’s more…

Even fun decoys like this alligator can help to keep Pond Predators at bay! They also look cool. We sell these at Carters Nursery in Jackson, TN

And don’t forget –

A scarecrow really works to run off Pond Predators like Heron, raccoons, unwanted pets, etc. We sell these at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN. Call for info at 731-424-2206

Even Leaf Netting can keep seasonal predators at bay. But the ultimate predator protection is to have a built in “Koi Cave” in your pond. They blend with the surroundings and provide safety for your ‘finned friends’. The really good news is – a Koi Cave can be added to your Pond! The perfect time to add a Koi Cave is during a Spring Pond Clean out! And it’s almost cleanout time in Tennessee! 💥 Give me a call to discuss putting a Koi Cave in Your Pond.

A built in Koi Cave is functional & looks Awesome!

We Love our pets and we want to protect them! I hope this little bit of info has helped. If you have more questions feel free to call me – 731-424-2206 is my office number.

Thanks! 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



Events in 2021 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Welcome to 2021! After last year’s debacle I didn’t want to waste too much time planning this years event schedule… so here is a basic layout of 2021 events with Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. 

March 20th. (Saturday) 9am – 2pm – Carter’s Nursery Spring Festival & Customer Appreciation Day! Something for the whole family! Workshops & classes, a Petting Zoo for the kids + Snacks & refreshments for all! Come out and help us kick off SPRING! (Saturday 9amtill 2pm.) This is a FREE event.

I’m excited about Spring Fest. 😊 Spring is Coming!

April 4th. – EASTER Sunday!

May 9th (Sunday) – Mother’s Day! DON’T miss this one!

Evening By The Pond (1st one is Thursday, May 20th. at 6:30pm).
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 always have an educational program on Water Gardens, Aquatic Plants, Fish OR some cool subject for all that come. We hold these little get together’s during the warm season so that you can enjoy the Water Gardens in the evening and experience the Outdoor Lighting. If you would like to come & enjoy the evening with us please let us know and you will be put on the e-mail invitation list. Call Jo at 731-424-2206.

Our ‘Evening by the Pond’ is fun and educational! Please rsvp so we will know how many to prepare for.

May 28th. through May 31st. – The nursery will be CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day. Have a safe, Happy Memorial Day weekend!

We can never forget their sacrifice.

June 20th. – Father’s Day! Let’s remember Dad!

Pond Tours in 2021
We are sponsoring two (2) Pond Tours this year; a Summer Pond Tour (June 26th.) & a Fall ‘Moonlight’ Pond Tour (September 18th.).

I’m excited about our Pond Tours this season!

June 26th – Our 23rd. 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 LOTS of Fun! Tickets are $20 ea. (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 & a snack and look at the BEAUTIFUL Gardens and Water Features.

July 4th (Saturday) – Independence Day! We will be closed the 2nd., 3rd. & 4th. in observance of the holiday.

God Bless America! 🇺🇸

July 17th (Saturday) 9am – 2pm – ‘Get Your Feet Wet with Water Gardening!’ We are hosting a Water Gardening workshop at Carters Nursery to introduce you to the Water Gardening Lifestyle! Please call to register. This is a Free event.

September 18th . The 17th Annual ‘Moonlight Pond Tour’ – This is our Annual Night Time Pond Tour! The tour always falls on a Saturday Night closest to the Full Harvest Moon!! Don’t miss this Unique Garden Tour Experience! Tickets are $20 ea. (children under 12 are FREE!). 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 & a light snack. Enjoy the Fire Pit and look at the BEAUTIFUL Gardens and Water Feature Lighting.

My favorite event of the year! Don’t miss this year’s Moonlight Tour! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

October 2nd. (Saturday) 9am – 2pm – Fall Festival/Customer Appreciation Day. Come take part in our Workshops & Pumpkin Carving Classes! Snacks and drinks + a Petting Zoo for the kids! BIG SALES for the Fall Season for all that come!

We roll out the Fall “Welcome Wagon” every year at Carters Nursery for our annual Fall Fest! Y’all come!

Daylight Savings Time is over – Sunday, November 7th. 2021

Thanks, all of us at Carter’s Nursery hope to see you here! Call me with any questions at #731-424-2206.

Here’s to a GREAT 2021!

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 | 2021 Edition | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Good Morning! I’m walking in the door of The Dixie Cafe in the World Famous ‘Old Country Store’ / Casey Jones Village in Jackson, TN! I am going LIVE from 9-11am With Dan Reaves and Seabass on the 360! This is my 1st. Show of 2021, so give us a call 😊 The best thing is, this place Still smells of freshly fried Bacon! 🥓

Tune in 101.5 FM OR stop by and grab some breakfast 🍳 and say Hi 👋🏻

I’m excited about a new year! New opportunities! And of course, new Waterfalls to build 😊

Stop in and look 👀 around 😊 https://carterslandscape.com/wp/contact

– Tune in! 93.1 or 101.5 FM 9-11am. Today! Jackson, TN
– Call in with ALL you questions! 731-891-6161

We are doing inventory at the nursery, but we can still help you! Give me a call at 731-424-2206.

Thanks and have a great weekend!!

PS: Carters Nursery is open to serve you! But, please remember to be courteous, wear your mask and keep your social distance … God Bless.

PSS: Happy New Year!

I’m on the 360 with Sea Bass & Dan Reaves every Friday from 9-11am Call in with ALL your Outdoor Living questions 731-891-6161



Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206



Pond Tip : Be Ready For Ice Before It Happens | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Brrr! 🥶 Baby, it’s COLD outside! I think the Pond is frozen… What do I do? As my nephew the Eagle Scout says, “Be Prepared”! AND, Don’t worry, it’s not hard to be ready!

Don’t break the ice! It will harm your Koi! The powerful shock waves created by a blow to the ice can break their bones and rupture organs!

The #1 Rule if your pond ever Ices over – 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 pond heater or a small pump in a shallow area to “flash up’ and break the water surface. Just do it!

We don’t get too many Ice Days’ here in West Tennessee, but when we do, it’s Never at a convenient moment… In other words, if your not prepared, it can be an emergency 🚨

Simple Winter Pond Tool Kit
1 – 5 gallon bucket 🪣 (use to add water as needed. Hot tap water from your faucet will melt a hole in ice if needed)

2 – Clean, dry Water-hose 💦 (store in garage or shed so it will be ready to go when needed)

3 – Floating Pond Heater (A floating heater will maintain a opening 🕳 in an ice covered pond. This will allow for oxygen exchange and will keep your Koi alive).

That my Pond Tip today – Be Prepared!

And don’t worry! 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




Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I love beautiful sunny days! Even cold ones like today. It’s January, but the days are getting longer… Spring is slowly getting closer by the day! If you get out in the garden and look 👀 you will see all kinds of emerging plants, buds swelling, aquatic plants showing growth on the edges of streams and in the pond. It sure makes me feel good! Today is the 1st Waterfall Wednesday of 2021! So I thought I would share a simple picture of what’s coming in the not to distant future…

I’m looking forward to the coming Spring! It won’t be long now! Spring is Coming!

A simple Waterfall and stream make such a wonderful sound! It feeds much more than the aquatic plants and birds that come to drink and bathe 😊

Have a great #waterfallwednesday! From here, it’s all downhill to the weekend!

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



2021 Events! | Coming Soon | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

I am working on our 2021 Events Schedule. I will publish it soon 🔜 BUT, I just wanted to let you know, it’s our plan to make up for what we couldn’t do last year! 😊 Stay tuned…

It’s 2021 and Spring is Coming!

Have a great evening!

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



It’s 2021! Pond Tours Are BACK! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Welcome to 2021! Another year is in the making! Another Spring is coming! Another chance to get out in the garden! And, another chance to attend one of our signature ’Pond Tours’! We plan to host 2 Pond Tours this season.
– 1st. – Our Summer Pond Tour in June.
– 2nd. – Our Moonlight🌙 Pond Tour in September.

I Love ❤️ Pond Tours! And I know that you will too. Getting out and exploring beautiful Landscapes and Water Gardens is always a Blast! 💥

1st. is our Summer Pond Tour! The date is Saturday, June 26th! See the beauty of Water Gardens in full bloom, up close and in person! Water Lilies and Lotus in full bloom! Beautiful Landscapes, Colorful Koi and the sound of the Waterfalls makes for such a gorgeous day! All the time knowing that you are helping Jacksons local Animal Care & Adoption Center!

Tickets are $20 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Jackson Animal Care Center.

So many beautiful gardens to tour! This is one of the only tours of its type in the country, so come have fun with us!

Our 2nd. Pond Tour of the 2021 season is our Annual ‘Moonlight Pond Tour’ 🌝

Come explore Magical Water Features by the light of the Harvest Moon 🌝 I can’t wait!

The ‘Moonlight Pond Tour’! 🌝 The date is Saturday, September 18th.! This one is very unique! A Pond/Garden Tour at Night! Incredible ‘Nightscapes’ await! Pathway lighting, Uplighting, Backlighting, Moonlighting effects and more! Wait until you see the Waterfalls and streams artistically accented with light! And the underwater world of Koi is simply ‘Magical’🪄 ⭐️
WOW is what I hear all night long! Such a totally unique experience!

The Moonlight Pond Tour is Coming! Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 18th. Come and enjoy a truly unique experience – By the light of the moon 🌝

This Pond Tour also benefits the Jackson Animal Care Center! Tickets are $20 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Jackson Animal Care Center, so you know your $$ is going to help a worthy cause.

There will be much more info to come on these two events, so go ahead and mark your calendars now. You don’t want to miss either of these special events!

Thanks!

See y’all soon! 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