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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
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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Friday Radio Report…

Wow! Great show today with the 180’ Crew! Lori Nunnery with Visit Jackson TN was in studio to talk about all the things going on in our community.

The Varnick is finally here! Registration kicks off at 6:30am in the morning at Union University and the running 🏃 starts soon after. Y’all come out and help us make this a great event! 

 

Tomorrow is going to be a BEAUTIFUL Day! Get out and see the remainder of the Fall color show! 

LoLo Pritchard was in studio today as well talking about her music & taking part in the discussions 😊

A few things going on this weekend –

  •  The Varnick kicks off tomorrow morning at 6:30am. For more info –

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a0e48a9af22a5ff2-varnick

  •  Astronomy night atop Sauls Mound! At Pension Mounds –
  • USJ Holiday Mart starts TODAY!
  • Check out more stuff at – http://jacksontn.com/tourism 

– We are selling Gift Certificates at Carters Nursery for Christmas! Y’all come!

Also it’s still “Fishy Friday” at the Nursery through the end of November…

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 for all the calls & texts!

Y’all 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.!

 

 

 

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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…

Friday’s are always fun with Dan & Sea Bass – The 180’ Crew!

It’s fixing to get COLD! Take care of your pets! If it’s too cold for you – it’s too cold for them…

LOTS of guests/friends in studio today!

– Lori Nunnery with Visit Jackson TN – LOTS to do in Jackson this weekend! for more info – http://www.visitjackson TN.com

– Sherwin Moore from Fudoshinka Dojo is in studio to talk about his Martial Arts dojo and some of his upcoming events. For more info check his website – http://www.fudoshinkadojo.com

Sherwin & Me on the 180’! 😊

– Big freeze coming folks! Get your house in order…

  •  winterize hoses!
  • Put up/bring in tender plants
  • mulch
  • seal & caulk around doors and windows
  • dont forget your pets! Bring them in or have a good shelter from the elements for them.

This is  “Veterans Day Weekend”! Thank a veteran for their service!

Sunday is Veterans Day! Thank a Veteran this weekend for their service!

Bulbs! This is the time to plant Spring Flowering Bulbs in your garden! Now until Christmas is the best time to get these in the ground.

Time to plant bulbs! I like to amend the soil with blood and bone meal when planting bulbs.

Also – We are still having “Fishy Friday’s”!

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

 

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.!

Have a great weekend & stay warm!
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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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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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!  

Lori with Visit Jackson Tn. http://www.visitjacksontn.com

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


Cool Season Beneficial Bacteria | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

These last few weeks I have been blogging about proactive things you can do to keep your Water Garden clean and your Koi healthy over the Fall & Winter. Things like – Cutting your aquatic plants back, pond netting, watching your skimmer more closely, feeding Cool Temp Koi Food, etc. – There’s another very important thing you can do to really keep your ecosystem active and working well – Switch to Cool Season Beneficial Bacteria!

Change to Cool Season Beneficisl Bacteria now and it will help to keep your your pond clean f& you’re Koi healthy. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Our Cool Season Pond Bacteria works in cold water. It keeps on working when the plants and fish aren’t active and it really helps the quality of your Pond Water! It is extremely effective at reducing sludge, dead and decaying leaves and plants, built up fish waste & excess nutrients like ammonia, nitrates & phosphates. These things make for poor water quality and reduced water clarity and can have catastrophic effects on your fishes health. Stay ahead of the game and use Cool Temp Beneficial Bacteria! You can thank me later 😊

Happy Pondering!

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


Cutting your Aquatic Plants Back | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

We just finished up our annual Fall Fest & Pond Maintenance Workshop. We try to help people learn how to take care of their Ponds in an efficient manner. One important way to stay ahead of water quality issues in the Fall & Winter is to cut back the Aquatic Plants before a killing frost does…

What do I need to do to my Pond in the Fall & Winter? I get this question a LOT at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio this time of the year! #1 Cut those aquatic plants back!

Aquatic Plants are a big part of a healthy ecosystem! They absorb all manner of pollution and nutrients from the water and store them in their plant tissues helping to clean and purify the water. BUT, if the plants are allowed to die and decompose in the pond all those nutrients and compounds are released right back into the pond! This will create YUGE Water Quality issues! Algae blooms, Green Water, Bad Smells & Fish Health issues – even fish death 💀!

Yes, you even need to cut back your Lotus plants. AND, sink their containers to a lower depth in your pond to protect them from Winter temps | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Its fairly simple to do, doesn’t take too long & will pay dividends in Water Quality & Fish Health! If you have any questions or need some help, feel free to give me a call at the office – 731-424-2206

Thanks & Happy Pondering 😊

 

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