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

Waterfall Wednesday is here again. Here is a Waterfall from a recent project. This new Pond needed a powerful biological filter to handle a decent sized fish load, ie; LOTS of Koi… So we specified a customized Bog, aka: Constructed Wetland Filter! Large boulders, cobblestone, washed river gravel & booku  Aquatic Plants!! 
It turned out Beautiful! 👇🏻

This beautiful Waterfall flows from an Awesome natural filter, known as a Constructed Wetland Filter. It doesn’t really look like a filter per se’, it looks natural! Biomimicry at its best! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It’s gonna be a Beautiful Day! Get out and enjoy! 

Have a great, #waterfallwednesday!

 

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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Keepin’ It Real – Top 5 Koi Myths Made Right! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

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
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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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

 



Do I need a Bio-Filter on my Water Garden? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Question : Do I need a Bio-Filter on my Water Garden?

I spoke to a man this morning about this subject. He said he had a pond for several years with no problems, then almost overnight he started having water quality issues. Green water, his pump clogged daily, he couldn’t see his fish, etc. He had spoken to a friend of his that has a Pond & his friend told him he needed a Bio-Filter & referred him to me.

This is a great, LOW MAINTENANCE Bio-Filter. It is also invisible when properly installed. These are always in stock at my Nursery. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We talked about the size of his pond and the volume of water in it – Very important! You want to make SURE that your system is properly filtered! We also found out that he doesn’t have many aquatic plants or a skimmer… But a biological filter is a logical first step to a better Water Garden.

Here’s a before & after of a pond that didn’t have biological filtration. Night & days difference after a proper bio-filter system was installed. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

So to answer this question and wrap this up – YES, if you have a Water Garden or a Koi Pond you NEED a biological filter! There are several types on the market. The one pictured above is a truly Low-Maintenance filter (#1 thing in my book!) and is easily adapted to an existing Pond. Come by if your having water quality problem and I will show you around and you can see the difference 🙂

Thanks! and Happy Pondering!

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