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Pond Tip Tuesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Well, we are past the Summer Solstice and approaching the 4th of July. Meaning, the HEAT is ON! 🌞🥵 All the aquatic plants are full and lush as they can be. But, they are getting heavy & about to need some TLC! 

I always wait until after the 4th of July party, then I give my plants a good haircut. It will extend the beauty of most plants through the remainder of the season. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

The 4th of July is a great time to trim back your heavy hanging baskets, overflowing pottery & your crazy Aquatic Plants!
It’s also a great time to fertilize them! It will blow your mind how quickly they fill right back in and start blooming again. WOW!

I always cleanup & trim back my plants mid season to rejuvenate vigor & produce more blooms into the late season. Try it!

While you’re at it, have a jar of Aquatic Plant fertilizer and feed those babies! The ROI is Beautiful! 😊

We stock Aquatic Plant Fertilizer Tablets for your convenience at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. They are super easy to use and work great! Keep your Aquatics looking great all season long!


So there you have it! After that big 4th party, spend a little time and trim back your bloomers and your aquatic plants, and fertilize/feed them! It will keep you looking great all the way through Fall!  

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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I LOVE ❤️ Aquatic Plants | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Aquatic Plants are so underutilized in my opinion. People with Water Gardens are in the know much more than your average gardener of course… But I want everyone to know how awesome they really are! Use them in Water Gardens, in Bogs, in Rain Gardens, in Containers, around the edges of field Ponds, even in your Flower Beds!

Here are a few images of beautiful Aquatic Plants. We carry most of not all of these at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. 👇🏻

Bloody Dock – From Water Gardens to Containers to the flower bed accent – These are cool!

 Or 👇🏻

Society Garlic

Or 👇🏻

Aquatic Four Leafed Clover – Every day is a lucky 🍀 day!

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Scarlett Mallow – A hardy hibiscus 🌺 Huge Blooms comeS back every year!

Or 👇🏻

Everyone loves Iris

And 👇🏻

Corkscrew Rush for Containers ❤️

Or 👇🏻

Lotus – These always steal the show! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

These are just a few of my favorites! Try a few Aquatic Plants for yourself. You won’t be disappointed! 

Have a great day!

 

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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Carters Nurseries Top 10 Aquatic Plants For Containers | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I have been speaking for several Garden Clubs lately. The Aquatic Plant List I have been using for containers has been very popular & I was asked to include it on my blog. So here ya’ go – A short “Top 10” of my favorite Aquatic Plants…

Here is a short list of Great Aquatic Plants for Containers | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Top 10 List –

1. Society Garlic – Tulbaghia violacea
2. Pitcher Plant – Sarracenia
3. Corkscrew Rush – Juncus effusus

4. Lotus – Nelumbo lutea & nucifera

These always steal the show! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

5. Star Sedge – Dichromeena colorata

6. Taro- Colocasia esculenta

There are several great choices to include in your gardens.

7. Aquatic Four Leaf Clover – Marsilea crenate
8. Bloody Dock – Rumex sanguineus

9. Scarlett Rose Mallow – Hibiscus coccineus

A hardy aquatic  hibiscus 🌺

10. Aquatic Iris – Iris laevigata

I hope you enjoy these Aquatic Plant ideas! 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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Learn About Fall Pond Maintenance This Saturday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tn

Our annual Fall Fest and Pond Maintenance Workshop is this Saturday & you DON”T want to miss it! Not only are there FUN things to do for the whole family, We also teach you all about HOW to take care of your Water Garden and/or Koi Pond through the Fall and Winter!

The Water Garden & Koi Pond Maintenance Workshop starts at 9am.! Learn tips and Tricks to keep your pond clean, clear & Low Maintenance this Fall & Winter! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Learn How to –

  • Properly cut back your Aquatic Plants
  • Protect your Koi through the Winter Months
  • Minimize Leaf problems
  • WHEN to stop feeding your fish and WHEN you can start back
  • Water Treatments for the colder months
  • What to do in freezing weather
  • & more….

We love Fall around here 🙂 Come out and join us at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio for The Fall Fest & Water Garden Workshop & bring the family! | Jackson, Tennessee

Bring your whole family out to Carters Nursery and enjoy the animals with us at our 20th Annual Fall Fest! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

The Pumpkin Carving will start by 10am.! I am always blown away by all the cool designs people come up with!

Come join us for the Pumpkin carving this Saturday. We always have LOTS of fun!

 

WHAT: The 20th. Annual Fall Workshop and Festival

WHEN: SATURDAY, October 13th. – 9 am. to 2 pm.

WHERE: Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305

We will have:

– A Pumpkin carving class & CONTEST!*

– Treats for the kids

– A sale on water gardening products!

– A Sale on Fish and Aquatic Plants!

– Water Gardening experts on hand to answer all of your questions.

– A Petting Zoo and Pony rides for the kids! This is an AWESOME petting Zoo folks, so bring the kids out and Enjoy!

– Lunch from 11:30am.- 1pm.

* The pumpkin carving class is $5.00 per person (includes pumpkin and carving tools). Kids MUST be supervised by a parent to take part in this class. Please call to pre-register for this class as supplies will be limited. For more info call Jo or Sandra at the Nursery 731-424-2206 or e-mail at cartercountry@charter

See y’all Saturday!

PS: Get here 1st thing to take part in the Pond Workshops…

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


Video Introduction of Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio by Mark Carter & Friends | Jackson, Tennessee

A quick intro of Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio & a few testimonials from some very happy clients 😊

Thanks for watching our little intro video. Please give me a call if I can assist you in any way! And please share our blog with your friends 😊

Happy Pondering!

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

 



Aquatic Plants are HOT! FLASH SALE!!! TODAY ONLY!!! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We have a LOT of BEAUTIFUL Aquatic Plants and we are sharing the LOVE! TODAY – AQUATIC PLANTS ARE BUY 1 GET 1 FREE! *Lilies are buy 1 get any marginal free. 8am. until 2pm. – Today ONLY! Y’all Come! 

  • Lotus! But 1 get 1!
  • Water Lily Specials!
  • Aquatic Marginals like (Golden Club, Forget-me-not, Pitcher Plants, Cattails, Parrots Feather, Canna Lilies, Pickerel Rush, Creeping Jenny & MUCH MORE!) ALL Marginals are Buy 1 get 1 FREE!!

    Aquatic Plants are so beautiful y’all! The unique foliage and flowers of Aquatic Plants are almost Magical! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

    ALL of our Aquatic Plants are on sale today! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

    Our Lotus are included in this 1 day Flash Sale! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

    It’s a BEAUTIFUL day! Come get your ‘Nurseryfix’! 🙂

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



T-Minus 2 Weeks and Counting! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio Presents The 20th. Annual “Parade of Ponds”

Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio’s ‘Parade of Ponds’ benefits our own Jackson Animal Care & Adoption Center. 100% of ticket sales goes to support their Mission in our community!

https://www.facebook.com/JacksonAnimalCareCenter/

This is the 20th. year for our Annual Summer Pond Tour! The Pond Tour supports JACAAC – The Pond Tour Date is June 23rd. (Saturday). Tickets are $20 and 100% goes to support the cause! Please help get the word out! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

This years Summer Pond Tour will showcase many unique, custom Water Gardens, Koi Ponds, Pondless Waterfalls, Disappearing Fountains and of course LOTS of gorgeous Landscaping! This Self Guided Tour is located in Jackson, TN. (Madison County) and is easy to follow. The Summer Pond Tour is a fundraiser for the Jackson Animal Care & Adoption Center. 100% of ticket sales go to help them, so tell all your friends!

Carter’s Nursery is “Pond Central” for this Garden/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.

Stop by “Pond Central” at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio during the Pond Tour and say “Hi”! Get a drink and a snack and regroup throughout the day.

Don’t miss the “Moonlight Luau”! We always have a GREAT time at the after party at the Nursery! The party has an informal “Luau” theme – AND it’s included in your ticket price! We decorate the Nursery with a Sandy Beach, LOTS of Landscape Lights, Tiki torches, Hawaiian leis AND we cook “Kalua Pork” with all the fixings! WHAT is Kalua Pork, you ask??? Kalua Pork is cooked SLOW, wrapped in Banana leafs, rubbed with spices & infused with tropical fruit juices – Kalua is “Hawaiian Luau style”! 🙂

  • We invite everyone to wear your favorite Hawaiian Shirt, skirt, hat, WHATEVER – and come on out for a Cool Evening. I’m giving an award (& PRIZES) this year for ‘Best Luau outfit’ 🙂 – so have some fun. 

    We are going to cook a Pig in the ground “Luau’ Style! Don’t miss the ‘Moonlight Luau’ after the Pond Tour. It’s free with your ticket.

Summer Pond Tour Tickets are $20 ea. (kids 12 and under are FREE!). Tickets can be purchased at Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio, PH# 731-424-2206. Each group receives a Map Booklet with detailed descriptions and directions. “A number of this year’s Summer Pond Tour stops are new water gardens, along with favorites featured in our prior Pond Tours” says Mark Carter, Owner & Landscape Designer at Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio. “We hope lots of folks will come out and be Amazed by the wonderful effect these Ponds, Waterfalls, Streams and Fish make. It’s always a Fun day and a Beautiful night at our Moonlight Luau. The Moonlight Luau is an appreciation dinner for all those who put their houses on the tour and for the folks who purchase tickets to attend the tour. It’s our way of saying “Thank You!” says Carter.

Both of my dogs are rescued puppy’s & now both live the Pond Lifestyle! Say hi to them on the Pond Tour 🙂

What: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio’s 20th. Annual Pond Tour & Moonlight Luau.
When: Saturday, June 23rd. 9am. till 4pm. – Gates will re-open for the Moonlight Luau – 8pm. till 10pm.
Where can I get Tickets? Call or come by Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio at 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305 or call Jo or Sandra at 731-424-2206
How much are tickets? Tickets are $20 ea. (kids 12 and under are FREE!). 100% of ticket sales goes to the Jackson Animal Care & Adoption Center.

Thank You! I Hope to see y’all around the ponds 🙂

PS: Please share this and help us spread the word! Thanks again.

 

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



I Found the Cure For Winter Depression – It’s a New Drug Called ‘Nurseryfix’! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I have literally suffered from “Winter Depression” most of my life. It’s something many of us go through every Winter season… Short days, nothing much to do outside, cold and dreary for months on end… BUT, Spring arrives and slowly but surely, the Winter Blues turn into Spring Smiles 🙂

I have found a wonderful new treatment that helps to accelerate the transition from Winter blue to Spring happiness – It’s called ‘Nurseryfix’ (patent pending)….

Come by the nursery for a ‘Nurseryfix’ asap! It will cure what ails ya’! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Of course this is a joke – but not really… Getting out on a day like today and going to a local Garden Center or Botanic Garden and smelling the roses makes you feel fine! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the hummingbirds are swarming around the feeders and the whole world is in bloom!

Blooming Annuals, Perennials, Aquatic Plants, Hanging Baskets and so much more await you at Carters Nursery!

I’ve been out since before the sunrise and only came back in to write this blog… I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you enjoy this beautiful weekend in YOUR garden 🙂 That’s exactly what I’m going to do!

It’s time to feed the fish 🙂 Your welcome to come by and join me. Have a great weekend!

Happy Pondering!

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

 



Water Garden Classes, Beautiful Plants, Friendly Animals, Grilled Food & a Pony Ride – Spell FUN! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Jackson, Tn. | Saturday, April 21st. – Come join us at Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio for our annual Spring Fest. & Customer Appreciation Day! We will have lots of fun, food and informative things to take part in!
Bring the kids and let them pet the animals at the ‘Petting Zoo’! They can even ride the Pony 🙂

“This started 20 years ago as a way for me to teach my clients how to clean their Water Gardens & care for their Koi. It has grown into a pretty big production for the whole family now,” says Mark Carter, Owner/Designer of Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio. “We have something for the kids to enjoy with the Petting Zoo, Maintenance classes, Lunch in the Garden – it’s just a nice day for our customers and friends to get out and enjoy Spring.”

Classes will start around 9am. and will go all the way through till 2pm. We will perform a ‘Hands on’ cleanout of a pond on site! We will also do an upgrade/install of the Latest Aquascape Skimmer Filter! Come see all the new technology available. You will witness all the work being done and be able to ask questions right there on the spot! We will also have a discussion on Water Garden Design and discuss “How To” Design a ‘Water Feature’ into YOUR Landscape!

The Petting Zoo and Pony Rides will begin by 10am.! So come on with the kids/grandkids 🙂

Pet the bunny’s, chickens, lama’s, horses, goats, unicorns and more at the petting zoo! 😉 PLUS there will be pony rides for the kids | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I will be cooking lunch for all that come, my treat! I’m fixing Hot Dogs and Smoked Sausage with ALL the fixings! We will also be firing up the Saffire Grill to cook some special things 😉 We will have chips and cookies and more! This is my favorite part of the show because I get to fire up the grill & cook! I will have lunch ready around 11:30am. So DON’T be late 🙂

Mark will be cooking lunch at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio’s ‘Outdoor Kitchen’! “I’m firing up the Saffire Grill & The big AOG Grill too. Y’all come on out and have a great time with us on this 20th. Year Anniversary of Spring Fest. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

What: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patios 20th. Annual Spring Festival & Aquatic Workshop!

Where: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio – 2846 Old Medina Rd. in Jackson, Tn.

When: Saturday, April 21st. from 9am till 2pm.

WHY should I come? It’s going to be a FUN filled day for the whole family! AND it’s FREE! Petting Zoo & Pony Rides for the kids! Supplies for the ‘Spring Season’ and “How To” Classes by the best in the Biz.!

For more information give us a call : # 731-424-2206 or http://www.cartercountry.com/

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

 



Can I have a Koi Pond in a shady yard? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Question : Can I have a Koi Pond in a shady yard?

I know you have read in many places that you just can’t have a Pond in a shady yard with trees. Plants won’t do well and it will be full of leafs… BUT – good news! You CAN!

Imagine a lazy Summer day,’kicked back in the cool shade by your waterfall, feeding your Koi, the grill smoking on the patio… Sound good? It’s a daily reality for many lucky Pond lovers!

This Pond is in Full shade! So many beautiful plants are in this picture with this Waterfall. Many people don’t know that Impatients are also an aquatic plant. These pictures are all in the water and as you see are Beautiful!!

To have success there are a few things to know!

– First, shade trees drop leaves – so you MUST have a skimmer. If you design your Pond right, the skimmer will do 90% of the work all season! A leaf net for a few weeks in the fall will do the rest!

– Secondly, lacking full sun you will have to choose shade loving plants. You can definitely have some color and bloom, but you will also need to depend on plants with good foliage color and texture. Water lilies will not be your friend in a shady pond, but lots of other great plants will! Here’s a list of a few Shade Loving Aquatic Plants –

  •  Water Lettuce
  • Parrots Feather
  • Frog Bit
  • Aquatic 4-leaf Clover
  • Marsh Marigolds
  • Creeping Jenny
  • Varigatef Water Celery
  • Aquatic Forget Me Not
  • Taro (several varieties)
  • Impatients (annuals – AWESOME color!)
  • Lizards Tail
  • Aquatic Iris

A Full Shade Pond under a canopy of leaves. As you see – crystal clear water, thriving plants & healthy fish!! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I hope this puts your mind at ease. With a properly designed Pond, you can enjoy a Low Maintenance Pond of your dreams 😊

Happy Pondering!

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