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Pond Tip Tuesday | Spring Pond Tips | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Spring is no longer a rumor… It is HERE! People are calling in a frenzy to get their names on our maintenance list to insure they get their Ponds Serviced for the season! Its always exciting moving in to Spring Pond Season! Getting ready for another great year with our Koi Ponds and Water Gardens ❤️ Guess what? A proper Spring Pond Cleaning is the key to success!

If you want clean, clear water and healthy Koi, a good Spring Cleaning is of utmost importance!

We clean a LOT of Water Features for our Clients. But, many do their own clean out. So for the all the DIY’s out there, here’s a great little checklist to help you prepare for your clean-out. Experience has taught me that ALL projects benefit from advanced planning! Having all the necessary supplies on hand before you get started always makes it go faster and easier.

Come by the Pond Shack for all your Pond Supplies.

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

Here’s a list of supplies you will need! 👇🏻

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.

Always, always, always detoxify your pond after a clean-out! We carry this product in stock at the Pond Shack at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. Get a bottle BEFORE your cleanout

After the Water Feature is thoroughly cleaned, re-filled, detoxed and running, 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.

After a clean-out , we recommend you start adding Beneficial Cold Water Bacteria right away. Add by label instructions and after you have used the full bottle of Cold Water Formula, it will probably be time to switch over to regular Beneficial Bacteria. Get all your Water Feature Treatments at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio.

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

Its Springtime Baby! 🌼

Happy Pond Tip Tuesday!

Have a great day! 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206

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I’m Wanting A Backyard Pond | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

There’s an old saying in my business- “Everybody wants a waterfall, they just don’t know it… Yet”!

PS: It became an old saying, because it’s true!

“I’m wanting a backyard Pond”… I hear this quite often in my business. Usually they have seen a beautiful Water Garden or Waterfall and want one as well (that old saying comes true again)…

Come by the nursery one day soon and check out our Water Feature displays, Aquatic Plants and Koi. One of our wonderful staff members will answer your questions, help you with information and sign you up for a Personal Design Consultation. Then I will call you and set up a time to come by to design and create a custom Water Feature of your very own.  

Our retail Garden Center and Water Feature Showroom is open Tuesday Thru Thursday from 8 to 5 & Friday from 8am. – 4pm. We are open Saturdays from 8-2! 

Come by and see the possibilities!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Sunday Reflections…

My father taught me a lot of things. One of the most important was that no matter what you do, you always do it right the 1st time! And, that the final details are the most important. The devil is in those details! Sitting here this beautiful Sunday morning, reflecting in the silence of the garden, it’s so apparent to me that those lessons made me who I am today. Thanks Dad!

That’s me with my dad & my first dog Heidi – He let me pick out my very 1st. dog on my own 😊 I’m wearing his uniform hat and his coat… of course. He was & still is the BEST dad in the world! He taught me how to be a man!


If a task is once begun,
Never leave it till it’s done.
Be the labor great or small,
Do it well or not at all.
~ Anonymous

Have a Blessed Day!

Mark C.