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Pond Tip : My Koi Pond Is Frozen! Don’t Break The ICE! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

10 degree windchill this morning 🥶 Brrr! Ice Ice Baby! But, don’t worry, it will be ok… Just don’t break the ice!

Don’t break the ice! It will harm your Koi! The powerful shock waves created by a blow to the ice can break their bones and rupture organs!

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER break the ice by banging on it! It can cause your fish great harm – it can even KILL them! To allow the escape/exchange of gasses in a frozen over pond, keep a hole open in the ice. This is IMPORTANT!!! It will keep the gases from building up under the ice and allow for oxygen exchange and keep your fish from suffocating. This will also allow the pump to get water if the surface is frozen. If you have a skimmer, this will be MUCH easier on you! The water movement will help keep the ice from forming. You may need to keep the hole open by adding water from a water hose, bucket or pan of water. (This is why I always say “keep a dry hose” or a 5 gallon bucket for this purpose! If & when you use your water hose be sure to drain it when finished-to keep it from freezing and bursting, or just keep it in your garage). You can also use a floating pond heater or a small pump in a shallow area to “flash up’ and break the water surface. Just do it! 😊

It’s cold for a few days, but it will warm soon. Lets take care of our finned friends ❤️

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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Throwback Thursday Lore | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Throwback Thursday can be a wide ranging subject. It can be something specific to you or your family, or something from old time lore. This morning I was talking with Shane about Persimmon seeds and how old folks use to predict the weather by their seed signs. My Great Grandma did this every year… maybe yours did too?

Inside the persimmon seed you will find a hint of what the weather will be like by the sign it has. This year it seems all the seeds have a spoon 🥄Which means snow ❄️ Lookout!

Sometimes you get a fork or a knife in the seed, which also tells the story of what’s to come…

Seed prognosticators go way back…

Of course there are lots of other ways to read the future of our weather… Like the severity and Length of the Summer. August plays a big role too. If you count the # of fogs in August that’s how many snows you will have in winter 🥶 PS: We had a few fogs… Hornets building low nests. And, of course, the Woolly Bear Caterpillar!

Everyone talks about the color on the Woolly Bears. The more light color bands, the milder the winter. The darker means colder… This year, most I have seen have been solid black = ❄️

So all signs are pointing to a cold winter with some snow ⛄️ We shall see, but just thinking about all the old ways and how I remember my Grandma talking about it with me, passing down the knowledge, brings a good feeling😊

This is my offering for #Throwbackthursday!

 

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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