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Sunday Reflections…

The leaves have been coming down like rain the last couple of days. It’s beautiful to watch. Add to that the 4 strait nights of freezing temps … November has made itself known 😊 Thanksgiving is coming!

Many trees are at peak color and the leaves are raining down when the wind blows…


“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”
    ~ Elizabeth Coatsworth


Mark C.

Sunday Reflections…

We spent yesterday on the boat with the dogs enjoying what was maybe the last Hot day of the season… It got up to 89 degrees, the sky was strikingly blue & the river was smooth and so nice 😊 We have had quite a few unseasonably Hot days this Fall! It’s like Summer wasn’t giving up without a fight…

Nature Knows! The Monarch butterflies were moving south in #’s Saturday! They were following the river and were hard to photograph because they were mostly 50’-100’ high… look hard and enlarge to see in this picture.

This last Howrah of Summer has been nice, but it hasn’t felt like Fall yet… That all changes this week. Cooler temps and rain are in the forecast. I am ready to burn a few marshmallows on a fire 🔥 personally 😊

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with Leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!”
       ~ Humbert Wolfe

Have a Great Sunday! Here’s to Fall 🍁


Mark C.

Sunday Reflections…

I got up early and came out to get a good view of the last Sunrise 🌞of Summer. Yes, today is the last official day of Summer 😮 Tomorrow is the Autumnal Equinox, the 1st official day of Fall…

It’s been a HOT summer! Cooler weather sounds great!

I Love Summer! I always mourn its passing… But, it’s been so Hot this year, the cooler weather is a welcome thing. Football, cookouts, fire pits, Fall color, frost on the pumpkin 🎃 Bring It On!

Here’s a link to more info on the 1st day of Fall  👇🏻

Fall Equinox – When Is the First Day of Fall? (2019)


“Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.”

~ John Donne, 1620


Have a great ‘Last day of Summer Sunday’!


~ Mark Carter

Sunday Reflections…

We spent the entire day outside yesterday! The day started with a heavy fog, but the sun burned it off soon enough & we went riding in the country to enjoy the seasonal color. This is one of the most beautiful color shows I can remember. Maybe it was the late, warm weather this year, coupled with the plentiful rainfall that brought out the vivid colors? I’m not sure – But, in any case, the Fall Color this year is so beautiful! I hate to see it go… But, the seasons change & so must we. I’m going to enjoy the fall while it’s here & then I’ll set my mind to Winter & the Spring that follows won’t be far behind 😊

Fall color is here today, but gone tomorrow…

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

~ Robert Frost


Have a great Sunday.

Mark C.


Fall Foliage is at PEAK! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Ok folks, this is the weekend you have been waiting for! The temps are perfect, the sun is shining & the Foliage is at Peak color! BUT, it will be gone in no time… Get out this weekend and see some of this natural beauty! You deserve it 😊❤️

The Fall Color is looking gorgeous, get out and enjoy the beauty today | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Dogwoods give you a Two-fer! Spring and Fall color!

Fall color is here today, gone tomorrow… Get out and see it now 😊

It’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL Weekend! Get out there and see it 😊

PS: Let me know what your favorite Fall tree is 😊

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Sunday Reflections…

The leaves are really starting to show now. We rode all over yesterday looking at the trees and enjoying the cool weather.

The Fall Color is looking gorgeous, get out and enjoy the beauty today.

Yesterday was the 300th. day of 2018… Not a huge milestone, but worthy of note. Time flies … Now Fall is in full swing & the color is right at peak – get out and enjoy the day with friends or family 😊


“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”
~  Nathaniel Hawthorne


Mark C.

Sunday Reflections…

Yesterday was a big day for us, our annual Fall Festival. It’s our last big event of the year & it’s always kinda bitter sweet for me. Saying goodbye to Summer ain’t easy for me… But I have learned over the years to embrace and enjoy each season on its merits. After a long hot Summer, Fall is a welcome thing 😊 It feels so good out now. The leaves are starting to turn & football 🏈 is back in season – Fall is pretty good! I’m going to sit on my swing and sip some coffee ☕️ with my wife & enjoy this wonderful, cool morning.

– Here’s to Fall!

The Fall Color show is just starting.

“Listen!  the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!”
–  Humbert Wolfe 


Mark Carter

Friday Radio Report…

It’s FRIDAY again & another great show is in the books! Thank you for all the calls and comments!

The headline today should read : Fall is finally here! The weather finally caught up to the calendar 😊 It’s going to feel perfect tomorrow for our Fall Fest! Y’all come

We love Fall around here 🙂 Come out and join us this Saturday at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio for The Fall Fest & Water Garden Workshop & bring the family! | Jackson, Tennessee

We had some great calls today  –

  •  Can we still plant? Yes! In fact, this is the best time of the year to plant shrubs and trees!
  • planting salad veggies – lettuce, beets, carrots, radishes, scallions, etc. Greens too like spinach and turnips.
  • Can I trim and prune my shrubs and trees? Some light trimming if needed, but leave most until winter dormancy and early Spring.
  • one man purchased a building site lot that has sub surface springs and he now can’t build on it! Can he plant fruit trees? Quick answer, probably… Need to do more research, this might have a fix?

– We also got several texts and we really appreciate your text questions too! We don’t always get to answer all of them on the air but we try to get to as many as we can.

In other News – Today of course is “Fishy Friday” at the nursery- Come by and save $$! AND- we are extending this 20% sale on Fish through Saturday this week! So come on!

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

Great show today!!! Thanks to ALL the callers!

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.!

PS : Help me share this video for tomorrow’s Fall Fest!

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

Saturday’s are for Fall Shoppers at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Come on in today and stock up for Fall! Mums, Pansies, violas, kale, herbs, wheat straw, pumpkins & more! Come by and get your ‘Nurseryfix’!

We love Fall around here 🙂 Come out and see us today at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee. Go Vols!

Y’all come!

Have a Great Weekend!

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

Fall Water Garden & Koi Pond Maintenance | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

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 season. So I publish this checklist every Fall and I hope it helps you.

It’s time to cut back your Aquatic Plants! Remove all the plant debris and organic matter and compost or dispose. 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 and falling debris can also collect in the stream & waterfalls and cause a plant dam. So keep those clear – AND It is very important to keep your skimmer net cleaned out regularly. If you have a lot of tress and don’t net your pond – you may need to check your skimmer DAILY.

Pond netting can be purchased at Carter’s Nursery & can make Fall chores less problematic and will make it easier on you during the winter. This will help make Spring Clean-Outs easier and faster too. – Also a dipper net is a handy tool to have by your pond.

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!

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!

HEALTHY FISH: When water temperatures reach 55 degrees stop feeding your fish or start using Low Temp fish food. (Available at Carter’s Nursery) At these temperatures, their metabolism slows down and eating normal food can make them sick or even cause death. You should always end their feeding cycle with Medicated or Low Temp Fish Food. Medicated and “regular” Fish Food should be finished by the time water temps reach 55 degrees. For an extended feeding time Low Temp can be fed as low as 45 degrees (check bag or ask a sales associate about feeding temps.)

Keep your Koi happy and healthy over the Fall & Winter.

Keep your Koi happy and healthy over the Fall & Winter with Cool Temp Koi Food.

COOL 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.

Cool Temperature Water Treatments will really help your Water Quality AND they will help keep your fish healthy!

Cool Temperature Water Treatments will really help your Water Quality AND they will help keep your fish healthy!


WINTER BEAUTY: Leaving your waterfall running all season is Perfect here in West Tn.! 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 & bathe and in winter months the running water will make some breath taking natural ice formations – So keep your camera handy. * In freezing weather 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 a hose or bucket 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!

ICE SAFETY: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER break the ice by banging on it. It can cause your fish to go into shock! To allow the escape of poisonous gasses, keep a hole open in the ice. This is IMPORTANT!!! It will keep the gases from building up under the ice and suffocating your fish. Keep the 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.

I hope this helps a bit 😊 Have a Great Fall season!


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