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Spring Newsletter | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Our Spring Newsletter, “The Aquagardener” has been being published now for 25 years! Please excuse the jumbled layout in places, this is from a quick copy/paste… A quickie for the Blog. If your not already on our email list, send me your email request and I will put you on our mail out. You will receive it quarterly. Thanks

AQUAGARDENER  SPRING 2020 EDITION
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARCH 8TH
 
Daylight Savings Time 
So set your clocks FORWARD tonight.
 
The winter does not go without 
looking backward.
-Finnish proverb
 
 

  

 

 
Carter’s Nursery’s 

Spring Festival & Customer Appreciation Day! 

MARCH 21st 


 

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 for the kids + GREAT FOOD for all! Come out and help us kick off SPRING!
 
This is a FREE event!

 

 

 

 

The Petting Zoo  GRILLIN OUT 1


 

GRILLIN OUT 2   POND CLEAN OUT
 

  

 

 

 
  
“The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings.”
 
     ~ Joyce Kilmer
 
      GET YOUR SEEDS NOW!!!
 
       WHY HEIRLOOM SEEDS?
 
Remember those tomatoes your Grandparents grew, or the ones that the farmer down the road used to sell at his roadside stand?
  
 
With the advent of hybrid seeds, the older open-pollinated varieties are getting harder to find. While the hybrids have many advantages (disease resistance, greater productivity, more uniform fruit, etc.) they just can’t match the heirlooms for taste, and isn’t that why you grow your own vegetables? With a little extra care and planning, the heirloom varieties can do just as well as the hybrids in your backyard garden.
 
This year, why not try some of the simple old fashioned varieties in your garden? We think you will be pleasantly surprised! Don’t forget to plant a few herbs, as well. They’ll complement your fresh produce nicely on the dinner table.
 
After tasting your own freshly picked herbs, you’ll readily agree to their superior taste! Once you try them, you’ll always insist on growing your own!!  
 
SEED SAVERS SEED IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE AT CARTER’S NURSERY. CALL FOR INFO ON VARIETIES OR STOP BY AND CHECK EM OUT! IF WE DON’T HAVE THE VARIETY YOUR LOOKING FOR WE CAN ORDER THEM FOR YOU!
 
 
Daffodil Days
“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, Daffodils
   
IMPORTANT MARCH DATES & GREAT TIPS 
FOR ALL THE GARDENERS OUT THERE
 
 
MARCH 8TH: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
 

   MARCH 9TH: 
Full Worm Moon:March’s Full Moon goes by “Worm Moon” because earthworm castings appear on top of the thawing ground, heralding the return of the Robins. Northern Tribes knew it as the Full Crow Moon; to the settlers; it was the Lenten Moon or the Full Sap Moon.
 
GARDENING TIP FOR THE FULL MOON : 
Use coffee grounds as mulch around acid-loving 
plants such as azaleas & blueberries
 
 
 
FULL WORM MOON 2020
 
 
MARCH 15TH : IDES OF MARCH-
            
 
Finish up the last of the 
Winter Squash from the root cellar 
by adding a cup of mashed, cooked 
squash and finely diced onion to 
corn bread batter. Yum ! ! !
 
 
 
MARCH 17TH : ST. PATRICK’S DAY – 

Put white carnations in warm water 
For a fun St. Patty’s Day decoration, 
with a few drops of green food color.
 
 
MARCH 19TH: – SPRING BEGINS TODAY !!! – 
In the spring,
at the end of the day,
you should smell like dirt.
-Margaret Atwood, Canadian Writer (b.1939)
 
 
MARCH 24TH : NEW MOON – 
The word “TARRAGON”
tarkhun, or “dragon”, due to the 
originates from the Arabic word 
serpentine appearance of the plant’s roots.
 
 
 
 
 
TIMELY ADVICE
Peas are a time-honored crop, great for early planting because of their love of cool weather and resistance to frost. But how early is early? Folklore may hold the answer. For a hearty growing season, tradition tells us that peas should be planted on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day.
( THAT’S WHEN MY GRAND PARENTS  ALWAYS PLANTED THEIRS). “To double up on good luck,”  also sow during the waxing Moon. Suspicious of sparrows? Hold a couple of pea seeds in your mouth while you plant without speaking- the birds will leave your crop alone. I thought my grandparents just liked peas so much; that they enjoyed sucking on them while they planted them. 🙂

 
RIPPLES MOONLIGHT
 
 
Greetings from the garden… 
 
Spring is upon us! Daylight Savings time goes into effect THIS WEEKEND! The water temp is right to start feeding our Koi! And the whole world is coming ALIVE! I just LOVE this time of the year! 
 
We are about to kick off the season with our Annual Spring Fest & Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, March 21st! YOU are invited to come out and enjoy the day with us 🙂 Pond Maintenance class, plant sales, a petting zoo for the kids, grilled food & beautiful gardens… I cant’ wait! Y’all Come!
       
 
~ Mark Carter
 
 
Koi, th Jewels of the Pond 
 
 
 
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 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.  
 
 

Don’t Let Algae Cramp Your Style!
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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!

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  • 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

 
                
 

 
 
 
 
“SPRING IS NATURE’S WAY OF SAYING, “LET’S PARTY!”
           – Robin Williams
 
 
WOULD YOU LIKE
 “A FACE LIFT “
FOR YOUR POND? 
 
Think of what women have gone through for years to look beautiful and fresh.
We’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.
 
 
“Each leaf,
each blade of grass
Vies for attention.
Even weeds
carry tiny blossoms
to astonish us.”

– Marianne Poloskey

 

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.

 

 

Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio 2020 EVENTS Calendar


 MARCH 21st – Carter’s Nursery Spring Festival & Customer Appreciation Day! Something for the whole family! Workshops & classes, a Petting Zoo for the kids + GREAT FOOD for all! Come out and help us kick off SPRING! (Saturday 9am till 2pm) This is a FREE event!


 

MARCH 27TH & 28TH (Friday & Saturday)- The Spring Fling with the Memphis Master Gardeners located in the Red Barn at the Agri-Center in Memphis.

Come by to see our beautiful water features and talk to the areas best “Water Feature Experts”; the Carter’s Nursery crew!


 

April 4th (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, and of course visit with our water gardening experts!


 

April 12th (Sunday) – EASTER


 
April 22ND – EARTH DAY

 

April 24th – ARBOR DAY

 

May 10th – Mother’s Day! DON’T miss this one!

 

Pond Tours in 2020


 
We host 2 Pond Tours a year. A Summer Pond Tour (June 27th), & a Fall ‘Moonlight’ Pond Tour (October 3rd). Both are fund raisers for our local. Unique Water Gardens, Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains will be showcased on the Pond Tours.

 

 

Evenings By The Pond!


  Come out and enjoy a laid back evening 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 together’s are held through the warm season and are 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.  – The 1st “Evening by the Pond” of the 2020 season will be hosted by Mark Carter & family at the Nursery Home on Thursday, May 21st at 6:30 pm. Address – 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305.

 


 

June 21st- Father’s Day! Let’s remember Dad!

 

June 27th– The 22nd Annual Summer POP 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 a Fundraiser. Tickets are $20 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). Carters 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.

 

~ This is also the night of the “Moonlight Luau!” Live music! + We cook a whole hog in the ground “Kalua Style” and have a party beneath the stars! This is a DON’T MISS event! More info to come!

July 4th (Thursday) – Independence Day! 


 

 

SUMMER SEMINARS (We do 3 every Summer!



 July 18th (Saturday) 9 am – 2 pm – “Get Your Feet Wet with Water Gardening”.  This will kick off our Summer Seminar Series.


 

August & September classes to be Announced.

 

October 3rd – 16th annual Moonlight Pond Tour. This is our Annual Night Time 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 $20 each (kids 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 & something to eat. Enjoy the Fire Pit and look at the BEAUTIFUL Garden and Water Feature Lighting. The nighttime garden is a magical world. The Moonlight Pond Tour is AWESOME!

 

 

October 17th – Fall Festival/Customer Appreciation Day- Come take part in our Workshops & Classes! FREE LUNCH for ALL that come! Petting Zoo & Pumpkin Carving Classes for the kids! BIG SALES for the Fall Season for all that come!

 

Thanks, and I hope to see you all here! Call me with any questions at #731-424-2206. Here’s to a GREAT 2020!


 

You can see this info & more at our Blog –

 

~ Mark Carter

 

 
 
 

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Help us ‘Ring in Spring’ on the 21st! Check it out | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

3 weeks from today is the 1st day of Spring! Come join us Saturday morning, the 21st of March and helps us celebrate the season!

Come join us for a day of family fun & learning! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Check out our video 👇🏻

What: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patios 22nd. Annual Spring Festival & Aquatic Workshop

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

When: Saturday, March 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! Bring the kids to the Petting Zoo! BIG Specials for the Spring Season and “How To” Classes taught 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
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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!

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Hump Day Koi Fix | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

This time of year I get to really missing feeding time! The weather has been warm & the Koi very active, but it’s just not time… So I thought I would post a nice little video of the Koi swimming and the aquatic plants flourishing as a memory/dream of the coming season 😊

Hump Day Dreaming 😎

I LOVE feeding time as much as they do! And I can’t wait until it’s time again! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Keep calm, Spring is Coming!

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Several Of My Koi Have Disappeared… What’s Getting My Koi? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

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, bold, 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

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Pond Tours in 2020 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Good morning and welcome to 2020! Another year 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 will be hosting 2 Pond Tours this season –

The Pond Tours are Coming! I’m excited 😊

1st. is our Summer Pond Tour! The date – Saturday, June 27th! See the beauty of Water Gardens in full bloom! Lilies, Lotus, Forget-me-nots and more in full bloom! The Koi swimming up to eat from your hand 😍 Such a gorgeous day! Then that evening, everyone who buys a ticket is treated to a Luau beneath the stars! Complete with Live Music, Kalua Pork & more. All as a  benefit for our 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!

From prepping the food to greeting guests, Pond Tours are filled with fun! The neatest and best reactions always come from the kids😊 Kids LOVE Ponds! 

Then our 2nd. Pond Tour of the season is our annual ‘Moonlight Pond Tour’! The date is Saturday, October 3rd.! This one is very unique! A Pond/Garden Tour at Night! WOW is all I hear all night long! A totally unique experience!

A beautiful picture from last Falls Moonlight Pond Tour! I just Love this Waterfall! ❤️ | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

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.

🌝 Come out and enjoy the Moonlight Pond Tour with us! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

There will be more info to come, but I wanted you all to get a peek at what’s in store😊 I’m excited about 2020!

 

See y’all around the ponds!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Hump Day Koi Fix | Koi Myths Made Right | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Here’s a very relevant ‘repost’ from 1 year ago. There’s so much bad info out there about Koi Pond and Water Gardens, we need to dispel and Correct it! Happy Hump Day!

“It’s Wednesday, aka “Hump Day” and as usual the subject is Koi 😊 We were discussing erroneous information & myths about Koi keeping that are out there, so I thought why not make a blog post about it… Here’s a quick “Top 5”…

#1 – You Can’t Be A Koi Keeper & A Water Gardener.

Not true! You can raise healthy koi In your beautiful water garden! The koi can grow up to be just as beautiful and healthy as they are in traditional koi ponds. Proper design is key! You will LOVE how they compliment each other 😊 I have installed Hundreds of beautiful Water Gardens with healthy happy Koi.

Koi and Water Gardens go together like peas and carrots 😊 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

#2 – Predators Will Eat All Your Fish.

Again, Proper Design is key! Raccoons generally won’t swim. That’s not to say they never swim, or couldn’t stand on the side of your pond and take a paw swipe or two at your fish… Fortunately, most fish will swim to a deeper, more protected part of the pond when a predator is threatening them. The one predator with legitimate credentials is the blue heron. Plenty of lily pads give them some protection and will work to minimize attracting a heron in the first place. Other protection measures include a motion activated water sprayer called a “Scarecrow” or even better a “Koi-cave” structure that can be built in during the pond’s construction. IF you already have a pond, they can be added with minimum remodeling during a clean out service.

A Blue Heron is a major Predator of our Koi and pond fish! BUT, we can stop them from harming our ‘finned friends’! Tools like a “Scarecrow”, or a fish cave really help! In the Fall a leaf net helps with more than 1 task 😊

#3 – Your Pond Must Be (3) Three Feet Deep to Keep Koi. 

There are literally tens of thousands of two-foot deep ponds all around this country, full of happy and healthy koi. The water in a two-foot deep pond will generally only freeze eight inches down in the coldest of climates, because of the insulating qualities of the earth that surrounds the pond – Here in West Tennessee usually not at all. Another Plus – a properly designed 2’ deep pond is easy to get in and out of 😉

#4 – Koi Can’t Be Kept With Plants.

In a naturally balanced ecosystem, koi and plants complement and need one another. In nature, fish feed on plants. As a result, the fish produce waste, which is broken down by aerobic bacteria on the bottom of your pond, which, in turn, is used as fertilizer by the plants to grow and produce more natural fish food. One tip I have learned from experience- start with small Koi, they will grow up with the plants and won’t bother them at all – like in nature.

This is one of my Display Water Gardens at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio – The Aquatic Plants & Koi have been doing great here for almost 30 years!

#5 – If You Forget To Feed Your Koi They Will All Die. 

Totally False! In a properly designed & stocked pond, the ecological balance will amaze you! Crystal clear water, thriving aquatic plants & a healthy eco-system are your reward! We all Love to feed our babies, but if you miss a few days they will get busy doing some “pond keeping” of their own! 😊 They will ‘Thrive’, not simply survive! The key is  to “Stay in Balance”!

Happy Pondering! & Merry Christmas 🎄 🎅🏻

 

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