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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
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http://www.cartercountry.com
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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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When in Doubt – Tuesday Songs – 2 For Tuesday!

It’s COLD! Even colder tonight, and tomorrow, forget about it! Highs in the 20’s… So we’ve been going through our albums… Reorganizing, by band, by release date, alphabetically… Yea, I know… But I do Love listening to music! I saved a couple of songs out just perfect for a cold, wintry Tuesday!

Their first & maybe, their best… I’ve got the cassette, the CD, & the Album-dont know where that 8 track got off too 😊 The sound of the Vinal is still the best!

A great day to listen to music 😊

Stay Warm!

Mark C.



Being Prepared For ICE! A Koi Pond Video Replay | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Almost every year we get a good cold snap. January is usually the month when it happens too. Guess what, next week, it’s on!

Sustained freezing temps = ICE. Ice makes beautiful formations around the waterfalls, But there’s more to know.

Momday night the temperature will drop down in the teens, we will get some snow and ice, and the temps will stay below Freezing (32 degrees) for 5-6 days… ❄️ Those of us with Koi ponds can either stay ahead and be ready, OR we can wait till it happens and say “what can I do & why did this happen”… My advice – Be prepared!

– To be ready it’s as simple as this – keep a water hose ready for use! A water hose that’s DRY, ie: no water in it so it won’t be frozen! WHY you ask? Because you may have to add some water to your Pond when the ice takes up enough water in the system as the following video will show you. Keep 2 things ready at all times in the Winter months – a dry hose & a 5 gallon bucket. If you do that, you will be good 😊 Watch this short video for more info –

Be ready! And Happy Pondering!

 

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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