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Pond Tip | Pond Tip Tuesday | Its Fall Remember The Rule Of 50 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Fall is in full swing! The sun is setting earlier every day & the temps are falling… And soon, the saddest part of the season will be paying us a visit… The time when we STOP feeding our Koi for the season 😔

The Koi have eaten well this year & have put on a good bit of fat to get them through the Cool Season ahead. Now is the time that many of my clients and fellow Koi enthusiasts start asking a very important question…

– When do I stop feeding Cool Season Koi Food to my Pond Pets?

– My Answer- Remember the rule of 50!

It’s getting close to the time of the year to stop feeding our ‘Finned Friends’… Sad, but so important for their health and well being.


When the water temperature stabilizes below 50 degrees Fahrenheit you should stop feeding your Koi… Even Cool Season Koi Food… We like to call it the ‘Rule Of 50’… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Switching to a Cool Temperature Koi Food is very important for the health of your Koi! So is knowing when to stop feeding!

Every Pond should have a floating Pond thermometer. Our finned friends are cold blooded & water temperature is very important when it comes to seasonal feeding times. Pick one up at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

So to wrap it up, keep a check on your water temp (via a floating thermometer) & when your water temp stabilizes below 50 degrees, you should transition from Cool Season Koi Food to NO More feeding for this season. That’s the “Rule of 50”…

Viva La’ Fall!

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 | Call – In Talk Radio | 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! A YUGE radio program! In fact, it’s too big to fail! 

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

NO subject is off the table, BUT, “Outdoor Living & Gardening” is #1 with me Drop us a call with ALL your questions at 731-891-6161

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

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

A few of Carters Nursery’s products :

Bulk & Bagged Mulch
Potting Mix
Soil Amendments 
Seeds
Hanging Baskets
Annuals
Perennials
Stone Yard
Gravel
Pond Supplies
Koi & Goldfish 
Much much more!
We have a Full Line of Pond Supplies and Water Treatments in stock at Carters Nursery!

Keeping your pond clear and healthy is easy with our Organic Water Treatments.

We also have some great Garden Decor and Unique Gifts at our Boutique and Gift Shop!

We have unique gifts and things at Carters Nursery!



We also have some Healthy, Beautiful KOI!!! 
Every Friday is Fishy Friday! Come in Today and get a great discount on Koi! 20% of your entire order.

For the entire month of October every Friday is a “Fishy Friday”! That means all of the fish you purchase are at a 20% discount! | TGIFF! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

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

Have a great Weekend! 

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



Tradition Lives On!* (see social distancing guidelines)…

As Per Tradition”, we, the “Distinguished Few” will meet at the “Big Pond”, at the Nursery & Take our Annual ‘Chilly Willy Plunge” exactly at sunrise, which is 6:41am. In the morning! Always a fun event! But, tomorrow mornings ‘CWP’ will be taken at a crisp, 37 degrees Fahrenhight! Can you say shrinkage 🥶 We are also enforcing “Social Distancing” practices on all attendees. Masks  🎭 & Rubber gloves 🧤 are required for all who attend. #BYORG&M… 

Get here early! Sunrise is 6:41am! You will need time to park and walk to the ponds edge. As you know, only about 15 people at a time have room to get in the pond comfortably. This year we will go in 3 at a time to allow the proper 6’ distancing for safety. Our 1st group in will be “first come, first served”! So I would get here early if you want to be in the official photo, that will be on the cover of Our annual book.

 

I will open the gates as early as possible so everyone can get a number and get in position. I recommend that you come dressed in your chosen ‘Plunge attire’, wearing a robe or heavy coat & water shoes or flip flops. Some have even worn Cover All’s that they unzip and step right out of. And don’t forget your mask 😷 & gloves 🧤! 

This year, because of health concerns we are requiring everyone to pre-register for the Chilly Willy Plunge. We have set up a Hot-Line for your convenience. Simply dial 1-800-chilly Willy, follow the prompts & get your plunge attire ready! 💥

 

REMEMBER – Bring your own towels! 2 or 3 of them! And, bring your own hand sanitizer & wipes as well as gloves, masks, & Lysol brand disinfect spray. 

– Hot coco will be available and will be dispensed in throw away cups.

Man, am I ready for this! 🌞 Viva La’ ‘Tradicion’!

He Haw y’all! See ya’ in the AM!

Mark C.



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

It’s a cold, icy morning! But there is beauty to behold in my garden! Waterfalls are a 4 seasons feature! To be enjoyed year round! Here are a few pictures for #waterfallwednesday

Here is a great comparison picture of the same waterfall Summer vs. Winter. BOTH are so Beautiful! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Another nice shot… or three 😊

My dogs 🐕 Love the snow and ice as much as I do! And what a beautiful look when the snow & ice sculptures appear ❄️❤️


This is Fall Creek Falls in Winter! Beautiful❤️

That’s another wonderful thing about Waterfalls, they are unique and beautiful, year round!

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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Pond Heater/De-Icer. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

We have been experiencing Chicago weather in West Tn…. Below zero wind chills and even highs below freezing! Many are asking – Can I turn my Pond/Water Garden OFF during this weather and not harm my fish?

A floating pond de-icer can help you maintain an opening in the ice even in the coldest weather.

The answer is – Yes! IF you do it right. One of the best ways to manage this is by using a floating Pond De-Icer (available at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio). We have 3 different models all are under $100 and all have at least a 2 year warrantee – call 731-424-2206 with questions.

If you turn your pond off in a bad freeze, use a floating heater/de-icer to maintain a hole in the ice to exchange gases/oxygen for your fish’s health and well being. You can purchase a floating pond heater at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.

They are simple to install – just float it in your pond and plug it in. It will maintain an open hole in the surface of the pond to allow the exchange of gases and oxygen to keep your fish alive and healthy! I LOVE my Koi and want to make sure they are safe and healthy. I hope this helps.

Happy Pondering & Stay warm!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Friday Radio Report… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Good Morning! I will be coming at you LIVE from 9 to 11am. at WNWS 101.5fm Studios in Downtown Jackson, Tennessee, with the World Famous ‘180 Crew’ – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass! Tune in! Or Call in with ALL your questions! 731-423-8101 is the  #! You can also text us at 731-277-5155!

If your wondering what we do at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio? “We Build Waterfalls”! This is a recently completed project.

Lots of change coming in our weather! We are about to feel like Fall 😊 Finally! So get those jackets ready…

Lots happening in the garden too!

  •  Cool season veggies
  • Sowing Fescue
  • Prepare for leaf cleanup
  • Switch to Cool Season Koi Food & Cool Season Water Treatments.
  • Leaf netting for your ponds!
  • Late season lawn fertilization

Cool Season Water Treatments are important! Keep using your Cool Season Beneficial Bacteria throughout the winter for a cleaner, healthier pond. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Next Saturday is our annual Fall Fest! This is a family friendly event and it’s FREE! Y’all come!

 

Don’t forget, today is fishy Friday! Come pick out some fish for YOUR Pond! #tgiff!

For the entire month of October, every Friday is a “Fishy Friday”! That means all of the fish you purchase are at a 20% discount! TGIFF! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

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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For those who came out early on a 27 Degree Morning For A Pond Plunge – April Fools 😊

I was gonna take that plunge, but man was it cold out there 🥶 Instead, we snuggled up and got a few extra minutes of sleep 😴

My dogs said it was just TOO Cold this morning 🥶 They formed a defensive puppy pile that I couldn’t escape 😊 Maybe we will do a Plunge next year…

PS: Be nice on April Fools Day!

And PPS:Happy Birthday Uncle Doug! 😊

Peace ✌🏻

Mark C.



Our Annual “April 1st Chilly Willy Pond Plunge” Will Be The Coldest EVER! | Jackson, Tennessee

“As Per Tradition”, we, the “Distinguished Few” will meet at the “Big Pond”, at the Nursery & Take our Annual ‘Chilly Willy Plunge” exactly at sunrise, which is 6:41am. In the morning! Always a fun event! But, tomorrow mornings ‘CWP’ will be taken at a crisp, 27 degrees Fahrenheit… A record low temperature! Can you say shrinkage 🥶

Get here early! Sunrise is 6:41am! You will need time to park and walk to the ponds edge. As you know, only about 15 people at a time have room to get in the pond comfortably, the 1st group in will be “first come, first in”! So I would get here early if you want to be in the official photo, that will probably be on the cover of the soon to be published Photo Book about our unique, little group! 🍾

I will open the gates as early as possible so everyone can get a number and get in position. I recommend that you come dressed in your chosen ‘Plunge attire’, wearing a robe or heavy coat & water shoes or flip flops. Some have even worn Cover All’s that they unzip and step right out of.

REMEMBER – Bring your own towels! 2 or 3 of them!

– Hot coco will be available.

Man, am I ready for this! 🌞 Viva La’ ‘Tradicion’!

He Haw y’all! See ya’ in the AM!

Mark C.



Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

I try to always post a short video on Monday morning… Usually a waterfall or stream with a nice sound. Something that releases stress & gives a relaxed “Zenlike” feel. But this morning I chose a crackling fire 🔥 Why? Because we have gone from a wet Spring, to a freezing cold winter morning! 17 degrees out there! Brrrr! I hope this crackeling fire warms you up a bit & gives you a nice feeling. A feeling of Zen to keep you focused and warm 😊

A fireplace is much like a Waterfall, you can get lost just watching and listening to it ❤️

Have a Great Day! Stay warm🔥

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Hump Day Koi Story – It’s 10 Degrees Outside! Will My Koi Survive? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Man it’s COLD! WOW! I walked out to check on my Water Garden a few minutes ago ❄️ Folks, it’s Cold out there! I was at a full trot by the time I made it back to the door 😳 My dogs were even ready to come back in!

Scout and Ranger were both fully dressed, so I don’t think they got as cold as I did 😇 LOL!

Good News! My Water Garden is doing fine! My Koi have assumed the position “Hovering at the bottom” as usual this time of year… So, alls well with the Pond 😊They are just like me, waiting for Spring!

But, I still get a few calls every year when it gets ‘Really Cold’ outside, especially when you see some icing, and it’s almost always the same few questions, with #1 lately (today) being, “Will my Koi be ok in Cold like this’? First, let me say – What a considerate question! People LOVE their pets 😊 So, let me give you the good news… Yes! Your Koi will survive this cold snap and will be just fine!

Koi are cold blooded (Poikilothermic) fish, In the wintertime, their metabolism slows to a crawl. They can usually be found at the bottom of the pond, hovering, ie: treading water. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson,
Tennessee

There are a few things that you can do to help them through a cold snap! # 1 is – IF your Pond tries to freeze – Keep a hole open in the ice! This should be a preventative measure and hopefully not a reactionary one…

If you turn your ponds pump off in a bad freeze, use a floating heater/de-icer to maintain a hole in the ice to exchange gases/oxygen for your fish’s health and well being. You can purchase a floating pond heater at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.

There are a LOT of articles on this BLOG that will help you with your Water Garden & Koi! But, to cover today’s question/concerns, Your Koi will be OK 👌🏻

Stay warm! Remember- 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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