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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
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Koi Fix – Pond Cleaning Season Isn’t Far Away | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It won’t be too much longer till it’s time to start our yearly pond maintenance crews to cleaning Ponds & Water Gardens again. And people are already calling in to get their name on our maintenance list! Its always exciting to get ready for another great season with our Water Gardens and a proper Late Winter/Spring cleaning is the key to success!

Capture & place the fish in tanks. Then,  trim plants & clean debris, straiten & touch up rocks & gravel, break down filters & flush and thoroughly wash the pond down before refilling. And don’t forget to dose the new water with Pond detox.

After the Water Feature is thoroughly cleaned, re-filled and detoxed, carefully place the fish back in the pond & start adding fresh Cold Temperature Bacteria to the Pond to get the system up and running correctly.

We have all the supplies you need to clean-up and touch up your Water Feature in stock | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Using natural Water Treatments will really help keep your Pond in tip top shape! Carters Nursery stock a complete line of Water Treatment for Water Gardens, Koi Ponds & Ponds & Lakes.

For the all the DIY’s out there, here’s a little checklist to help you be ready. My experience has taught me that projects of any type benefit from advanced planning. Having all the necessary supplies on hand before you get started always makes it go faster and easier.

HELPFUL TIP: it’s good planning to get your Aquatic Plant fertilizer tabs now, BEFORE draining your pond and then realizing you should have got them when you bought your low temp bacteria and dechlorinator. This keeps you from running to the store in the middle of your clean-out (which can mean a whole day of work instead of a half day) and it allows you to fertilize your plants while the pond is drained instead of later when the pond is full again.

Planning ahead a little just means you can spend less time working on your pond and more time ENJOYING it!

1. Fish Nets – Before you drain your pond for the spring clean-out, you’ll need to catch and relocate your fish. Purchasing a good quality net means doing 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 & aquatic plant soil handy so you can re-pot and share your new plants with other water gardeners.

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. Aquatic Plant Fertilizer – 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 aquatic plant fertilizer 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 – A large tub or tank will be needed so you can have a roomy place to keep your fish during the clean-out. Use water from the pond to fill the tank and use a small fountain pump to re-circulate the water.

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. Pond Detox – Always detox 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 and/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 than an adult size rake.

With a little work you will be ready for a Great outdoor season.

It won’t be long now! Spring is Coming!

The days are getting longer & we are moving in the direction of… wait for it… SPRING!!! Have your Pond ready!

Happy Pondering!

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



Winter Water Garden Checklist / Be Ready! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I really want everyone with a Water Garden or Koi Pond to be prepared and to stay ahead of potential problems. Cold weather is here and snow is in the forecast, so being prepared is important. I post this every year, but I still  get people asking me these questions. So I have learned to keep on posting! Repetition is a huge part of getting a message through… Be prepared 😊

PLANTS AND DEBRIS:
Remove plant debris and other organic matter. Excess organic matter can contribute to increased algae growth. A large amount of leaves collected in the bottom of your pond will decompose and produce tannins. This can be harmful to your fish and reduce water clarity. Leaves can also collect in the stream and cause a plant dam. It is very important to keep your skimmer net cleaned out regularly during the heavy leaf fall, DAILY if needed. Pond netting which can be purchased at Carter’s Nursery can make these things less problematic and will make it easier on you during the winter.

We stock bulk pond netting at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN | It will keep debris out of your pond & help protect your fish from predators during the cold, bare months.

HEALTHY FISH:
Its time to STOP feeding your Koi. The water temps are below 50 degrees F  here in West Tn  now, so it’s time… Spring isn’t really that far away…

WINTER BEAUTY:
Leaving your waterfall running all winter will not hurt anything. As matter of fact, it could give you some beautiful photo op’s. The running water will make some breath taking natural ice sculptures. So keep your camera handy. And get some close ups. But be sure to watch out for ice dams. These can cause your pond to lose some excessive amounts of water.

A snowy landscape is Beautiful! Get out and take some beautiful pictures 😊

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 heater or a small pump in a shallow area to “flash up’ and break the water surface.

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.

LOW TEMP. BACTERIA:
Use Low Temp bacteria treatments when the water reaches 55 degrees F. This will help keep the pond clean, keep the water healthy and make your Spring pond clean out much easier.

Keep using your Bacteria through the winter for a cleaner, healthier pond.

I hope this helps! I enjoy the winter, it is really a great season! So many birds visit the Pond to drink and eat, it’s a wonderful time to do all my garden planning and I know that Spring is right around the corner!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Winter Temps Are Coming! Be ready 😊 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It happens every year – That first freeze comes in, and Its so easy to be caught off guard. I’m sending this little reminder to hopefully, help you finish getting ready 😊

To Do –

  •  Get in/put up tender plants.
  • Winterize garden hoses.
  • Winterize Sprinkler Systems.
  • Cut back aquatic plants.
  • Install Leaf Net on Pond!
  • Get your pets household in order! They depend on us to take care of them & keep them warm 😊

    We’re gonna be cold for the next couple weeks. Don’t forget – If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them.

Pond Owners Survival Kit –

  •  Have a dry hose available “just in case”! And an adapter for your sink faucet if you really want to be prepared for a BAD cold spell!
  • Have a 5 gallon bucket set aside just for your pond. That bucket can really come in handy if you just need a little water or need a trash pail to clean up some leaves damming up the stream or waterfall!

FAQ #1 – What do I do if my Pond freezes?

ICE SAFETY: #1 NEVER, NEVER, NEVER break the ice by banging on it! It can cause your fish to go into shock! To allow the escape of gas & exchange oxagen, keep a hole open in front of the skimmer or on the ponds surface if you don’t have a skimmer. This is IMPORTANT!!! It will keep the gases from building up under the ice and suffocating your fish. This will also allow the pump to get water if surface is frozen. You can also keep a hole open by use of a floating De-Icer or by adding warm water from a water hose, bucket or pan of water. (If you use your water hose be sure to drain it when finished-to keep it from freezing and bursting, or keep it in your garage)

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.

Also, there is nothing like –

  •  WINTER BEAUTY: Leaving your waterfall running all season in our part of the country is not a bad thing. As matter of fact, it will give you some beautiful photo ops. During the fall & winter birds love to come to your pond to drink fresh water, and in winter months, the running water will make some breath taking natural ice formations/sculptures. So keep your camera handy. And get some close ups. BUT – be sure to watch out for ice dams! These can cause your pond to lose some excessive amounts of water. If this happens add water back in to your pond with that dry hose we talked about earlier to bring your water levels back up.

    Birds come all day long to get a drink and even bathe. Try setting up some feeders in your viewing area and watch them flock to the WATER!

 

LOW TEMP. WATER TREATMENTS & LOW TEMP BACTERIA treatments should be used until the water temp. reaches 32 degrees. This will keep the bacteria active in your pond and promote healthier water for your fish during a longer period of time. In Spring, as water temps return to 40 degrees you may start the bacteria again. However this will not mean you no-longer need to clean your pond in the Spring because you will still have fish waste and plant debris in your pond that needs to be removed.

Come by Carters Nursery Pond & Patio and get your cold temp. pond products, like – cool temp. bacteria, cool temp. fish food, pond thermometers, floating pond heaters, seasonal decoys, dipping nets and more!

I really hope this helps you to get ready! I have learned to enjoy every season with my Water Features and my best advice to you is : Be Ready! Winter is Coming!

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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Last Saturday Before Halloween, Get Pumpkins, Straw & Corn Stalks Before it’s Too Late! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Time is flying by! Halloween is Wednesday and your having a party tonight! But you don’t have any decor…

We’ve still got some awesomeness for Halloween Deco – But not for long! Pumpkins, straw bales, corn stalks, Indian corn 🌽 mums, pansies & more! Open today till 2pm. – Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson Tennessee

Open today – 8am till 2pm. 🎃

Yall Come!

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Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Friday Radio Report…

Lots of FUN with the 180 Crew today!

Lori Nunnery with Visit Jackson TN  was in the studio to let us all in on what’s up in Jackson, TN this weekend! For more info go here – http://www.visitjackson TN.com 

It’s time to keep an eye on your water temp! When temps drop below 60 I start feeding “Low Temp. Fish Food” & some fresh fruits and veggies like peas, oranges, grapefruit & softened carrots. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

LOTS of call in questions and texts today!

  •  what variety of crepe myrtle should I plant for a specimen quality tree – try a Natchez multi trunk and you won’t be disappointed!
  • Can I cut back my Aquatic Plants now? Yes! Nows the time!
  • Its also a great time to use Cool Temp. Water Treatments & Koi Food!
  • Great time to plant ornamentals like shrubs & trees 🌲
  • Ebony Embers is the dark leafed Crepe Myrtle that was mentioned today by a caller – 😉
  • Get out this weekend and check out the beautiful Fall Color!

– Prayers for Dan Reaves and his family over the loss of his Grandma 🙏🏻  https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/?action=obituaries.obit_view&CFID=b94e6614-90a6-49fe-8580-4d9baa9e7f98&CFTOKEN=0&o_id=5432906&fh_id=14418

And as always – Today is a fishy Friday!

For the next few weeks 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
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Friday Radio Report…

What a FUN show today! Lots of calls and texts today with Fall Gardening questions and LOTS of questions about this weekends FROST event…

  •  Move your house plants and tropical back inside…
  • Think about your pets! Cold nights coming!
  • Think about rodent proofing your home- pack steel wool around pipes and cracks in the foundation and maybe a few traps outside… They are coming 💀
  • Get your furnace checked out!
  • Get fire pit cleaned up and ready! Fire it Up!
  • I ❤️ Fall!

Question – What to to do with Armadillos? Live trap, repellents like cayenne pepper and castor oil.

Our favorite RealEstate personality Beth Haltom – won last nights “Dancing with the Stars” event at the Star Centers big event at the Fair Grounds! Congratulations Beth!

Congratulations to the Dancing with the Stars 2018 mirror ball trophy winners! Beth Sigler Haltom and Ontoni Reedy!

We also had special guest Lori Nunnery with Visit Jackson TN – http://www.visitjacksontn.com She talked about events all over the area this weekend! LOTS of Fall Fests and events going on!  

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Grubs Grocery in the house!!! Thanks Lori!

Great stuff from Gruns! Check em out – http://www.grubbsgrocery.com/

Today is FRIDAY! And that means… Fishy Friday at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio! Come in and save $$!

For the next few weeks 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

Thanks to the 180 Crew and all the callers!

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
www.cartercountry.com