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Using All These Leaves 🍁 🍂 Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN 38305

I have been asked a few times on the radio lately about composting, so I went back in the archives and pulled this up. This was 1st published over 10 years ago!
A big blowing storm just came through and left plenty of leaves 🍁 to get us all started…

“Fall is one of my Favorite seasons! Cooler weather, fall planting and gardening and all the great family gatherings and food are wonderful. Fall is also a GREAT time to start a Compost Pile. All those leaves, plants and grasses that you have to cut back and all of the upcoming holiday food scraps add up too a great supply of usable components in a compost pile!
Starting a Compost pile is quick , easy and won’t cost you anything to get started! Compost is one of nature’s best mulches and soil amendments and you can use it instead of chemical fertilizers. Compost improves soil structure, texture and increases the soil’s water-holding capacity. Compost loosens clay soils and helps sandy soils to retain water. The organic matter in compost provides food for microorganisms, which in turn keeps the soil in a healthy, balanced condition. Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus are produced naturally by the feeding of microorganisms, so few if any soil amendments will need to be added.

Once the process is complete you can use this free resource as mulch, soil amendments, top dressing for your lawn, to make compost tea for veggies & more. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It’s easy to get started .

-Bag your grass clippings or mulch up all those leaves for the compost pile!

-Save those kitchen scraps and add them to the compost pile. Kitchen scraps are typically high in nitrogen, which helps heat up the compost pile and speed up the composting process. Egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels and scraps are good candidates for the compost pie. But DON’T add meat, grease or other animal products!

– With a compost pile, bigger is often better. Heat builds up with a bigger pile, but you don’t want to get much bigger than about 3 feet by 3 feet, if it’s too big it can be hard to work around. Multiple piles may be in order .

– Aerate your compost! If you are composting with a pile, or in a static (non-tumbling) compost bin, be sure to mix up the contents so that the pile gets oxygen and can break down effectively. Turn it with a pitch fork from time to time .

– Don’t let the compost completely dry out. A compost pile needs moisture to keep the composting process active , BUT , don’t keep it too wet.

– Too much of any one material will slow down the composting process. If you have all leaves, all grass clippings or an overload of any other single type of material, it can throw off the balance of the pile. It’s best to keep a balanced mix of green (nitrogen) and brown (carbon) materials.

When ready, this compost will be wonderful for the whole garden!

Good Luck and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!”

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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Saturday Morning Sunshine, YES The Garden Center IS Open | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The Gates open at 8am. 

We got what you need for your Garden! 

  • Mulch 
  • Too Soil
  • Manure
  • Soil Amendments 
  • Flowers 
  • Perennials 
  • Aquatic Plants
  • Pond Fish (Koi, Shubunkin, Comets)
  • Pond Supplies
  • Fish Food
  • Fox Farm Products 
  • Stone and Gravel

We also have a YUGE supply of “Pond Stuff”… 

  • Nets
  • Water Treatments
  • Filters 
  • Skimmers
  • Pumps
  • Aeration Units
  • Floating Fountains
  • Underwater lights
  • Food
  • Deco Items
  • So much More…

Don’t forget the Boutique… Gifts, clothes, garden deco…

A ‘Garden Boutique’ awaits…

We have been at it since early. Im just getting through with my watering and am heading up front… 

Y’all come! The gates open at 8am! 

Mark. Carter



Pond Tip Tuesday | Keep Those Aquatic Plants Blooming! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Here we are already past the mid point of July… Your Waterlilies are still blooming, but they seem… tired 😓 All those fantastic blooms, take a LOT of energy! NOW is the time to prepare your Lilies and Lotus for the ‘Late season push’…

Giving your aquatic plants a little trim and feeding them with some easy to apply aquatic fertilizer tabs will help them to perform well into the Fall season!

My Pond Tip today – Keep your Aquatic Plants fed and trimmed. 

Try doing these 2 things and you can thank me later

#1 keep your lilies & lotus fed (fertilized) to keep them performing into late summer and fall. It’s very simple to do! Come by and grab a container of Aquatic Plant Fertilizer Tabs. One of us will show you how to poke em’ down into the root zone of the plant… and your done… It’s that simple

Your Aquatic Plants will flourish with a little TLC. Do it now and enjoy them all the way to frost in late October.

AND #2 is to keep your aquatic plant growth in check! All this Warm weather has them growing like weeds

  •  selectively trim marginal aquatics to keep in check and to promote strong compact growth.
  • remove yellowed unattractive Lilly pads & spent blooms to Promote new growth and bloom.
  • Keep Waterfalls & streams free and clear of excessive plant growth and debris! A plant dam will cause a leak every time!

That’s my Pond Tip for the week. It will keep your plants in top shape well into Fall & it will get you up and out in the garden for some much needed “Aquatherapy” 😊

Have a great night!


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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Good Saturday Morning! 🌞 Sorry, We’re OPEN! 😊 Y’all Come | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

The Gates open at 8am. Y’all Come get your Nursery on! It’s time to get a ‘Nurseryfix’. 

We got what you want!!We got what you Need!

  • Mulch 
  • Too Soil
  • Manure
  • Soil Amendments 
  • flowers 
  • Perennials 
  • Aquatic Plants
  • Pond Fish (Koi, Shubunkin, Comets)
  • Pond Supplies
  • Fish Food
  • Stone and Gravel
  • And so much more…
Did I mention Fish?! Come on in to the Koi Shack and get some beautiful Pond Fish! Koi, Shubunkins, Comets and more. 

We also have a YUGE supply of “Pond Stuff”… 

  • Nets
  • Water Treatments
  • Filters 
  • Skimmers
  • Pumps
  • Aeration Units
  • Floating Fountains
  • Underwater lights
  • Food
  • Deco Items
  • So much More…

We have been at it since early ⏰ I just got through watering and remembered to make this post 🤪

Y’all come! The gates opened at 8am! 😊

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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My Porch Plants | Porchscaping | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I was just trimming my plants back a little bit today… Its always a good practice when we’re around the 4th. of July… They just get heavy and tired and need a little TLC 😊 I just thought I would share some of my favorites and how they look after a little mid season trim…

A mix of colors and texture for sure, with some aquatic plants thrown in for good measure.
I’ve still got to trim these Pitcher Plants back a bit, but I just love them! When your plants eat bugs for you, ya just got to love em! 😊
Just look at that bloom. These have lived in this container for a few years now, that’s why we’re seeing this prolific blossoming this season…
I’ve even started using Hydrangeas in Porch Planters. This ‘Limelight’ is showing out 😊 Now I’m going to add some Oakleaf’s to round it out.

The heat is on! It’s time to watch your garden grow 😊


Have a good week!

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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Pond Tip Tuesday | Aquatic Plants | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I don’t know about yours, but my pond plants have been exceptionally beautiful this season! LOTS of lily blooms 🌸 and the lotus have come out strong! All the Aquatic Marginals have really flushed out, and there is so much lush foliage!

This has been a wonderful Spring season for Aquatic Plants! A little touch up now will pay dividends for the rest of the season! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

My Pond Tip today – Keep your Aquatic Plants fed and trimmed.

Try doing these 2 things and you can thank me later 😊

#1 keep your lilies & lotus fed (fertilized) to keep them performing into late summer and fall. It’s very simple to do! Come by and grab a container of Aquatic Plant Fertilizer Tabs. One of us will show you how to poke em’ down into the root zone of the plant… and your done… It’s that simple 😊

AND #2 is to keep your aquatic plant growth in check! All this Warm weather has them growing like weeds 😊

  •  selectively trim marginal aquatics to keep in check and to promote strong compact growth.
  • remove yellowed unattractive Lilly pads & spent blooms to Promote new growth and bloom.
  • Keep Waterfalls & streams free and clear of excessive plant growth and debris! A plant dam will cause a leak every time!

My aquatic plants have been so beautiful this year! But to keep them looking great they need a little TLC | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Believe me, a little plant trim and touch up now will pay dividends for the rest of the season! Get out there and enjoy 😉

Have a great Pond Tip Tuesday! 💥


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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Pond Tip Tuesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I try to pass along helpful advice to help with your Ponds… Here is a blog post from a year ago that covers where we are in the season right now. I hope you like it 😊

 Summer Pond Maintenance

My pond has been exceptionally beautiful this season! LOTS of lily blooms, the lotus have been showing out & there is so much lush foliage.

My Water Garden plants have been so beautiful this year! But to keep them looking great they need a little TLC | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

One of the #1 things to do right now is keep your lilies & lotus fed (fertilized) to keep them performing into late summer and fall. It’s very simple to do! Come by and grab a container of Aquatic Plant Fertilizer Tabs. One of us will show you how to poke em’ down into the root zone of the plant – Done!

AND #2 is to keep your aquatic plant growth in check! All this Hot weather has them growing like weeds 😊

  •  selectively trim marginal aquatics to keep in check and to promote strong compact growth.
  • remove yellowed unattractive Lilly pads & spent blooms to Promote new growth and bloom.
  • Keep Waterfalls & streams free and clear of excessive plant growth and debris! A plant dam will cause a leak every time!

Koi Love to be hand fed! If yours aren’t eating from your hand yet, try feeding at the same time daily and have patience, it takes a little while to win them over, but once you do, it will be worth the effort 😊 Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

– Enjoy your Koi! Feed them quality Koi food, but don’t over feed! Over feeding can cause water quality issues…

 

A little touch up now will pay dividends for the rest of the season! Get out there and enjoy 😉

 

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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Pond Tip Tuesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The lilies and lotus are looking great! Buds and blooms galore 😊 But, if you want them to continue to perform throughout the season, you need to fertilize them regularly. They are heavy feeders! 

Lotus always steal the show! But if you want them to continue to perform into the late summer & fall, you need to Fertilize them regularly! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

One of the #1 things to do right now is keep your lilies & lotus fed (fertilized) to keep them performing into late summer and fall. It’s very simple to do! Come by and grab a container of Aquatic Plant Fertilizer Tabs. One of our team will show you how to apply the tabs and then Boom 💥 Your Aquatic Plants will be show stoppers all season long! 

We stock these for your convenience at Carters Nursery. They are super easy to use and work great! Keep your Water Lilies and Lotus looking great all season long!

So there is your Pond Tip for the week. Keep your heavy bloomers fertilized for season long performance! 

Here’s to a GREAT Summer season around the Ponds! 

PS: We offer weekly & monthly pond maintenance services including aquatic plant care. Call for details and a cost for your pond – 731-424-2206


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 | A Whole LOT Is Going On In Jackson, TN! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We had a really cool show today! Special guest – Kyle Spurgeon (President/CEO) Jackson Chamber, was in the studio today and talked quite a bit about the growth and future of Jackson, TN.

  • LOTS of population growth!
  • Great job growth!
  • Great Healthcare!
  • LOT of ‘Things’ to do for the family!

It was cool to talk & think about how far our little town has come! It was great for me to meet and get to know Kyle personally also! This is the 20th. year of our annual Charity Pond Tour that supports the Jackson Animal Care and Adoption Center! Kyle jumped right in there when we started discussing the subject and is already helping get the word out! WOW! That’s the power of local talk radio! Thanks Kyle!

This is the 20th. year for our Annual Summer Pond Tour! The Jackson Chamber is listing the event and helping to get the word out! The Pond Tour supports JACAAC – The Pond Tour Date is June 23rd. (Saturday). Tickets are $20 and 100% goes to support the cause! Please help get the word out! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

There were also several calls about –

  • Gardening – Can I trim my trees now? Answer – Yes! But only light trimming this time of year.
  • Can I fertilize my Bermuda Grass now? Answer – YES! It’s time to get started now!
  • What can I spray weeds in and around my shrubs? Answer – post emergent herbicide like Roundup (Glyphosate) works well. Just be careful to only spray the weeds. Spray on a dry, calm day with little to no wind! And always follow label instructions!
  • It’s gonna be HOT this weekend! 91+ degrees! It seems we went strait from late Winter right into Summer… Don’t forget the sunscreen!
  • The #1 Comment today was “Happy Mothers Day”! I agree, Mom is #1! This is a great weekend to come out to the nursery and pick up some plants and/or flowers for MOM! We have some BEAUTIFUL – Hanging baskets, Annuals, Perennials, Japanese Maples, Ornamental Grasses, Aquatic Plants, Lotus. Lilies, etc, etc… Come by and you will find the PERFECT plant for Mom! Bring her with you for a GREAT experience!

    Who else did one of these for their Mom? Don’t forget your Mother this weekend!

Thanks for all the calls and texts! This is going to be a Sunny, Hot weekend! Perfect to get out and enjoy the great outdoors! I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy some time with your Mother on her special day!

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 10-11am 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.!

Happy Pondering!

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



Saturday Chore List… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

What a BEAUTIFUL sunrise this morning! It rained a little last night but it was over before dawn and it feels GREAT outside 🙂

Up with the sun! It’s time to get out in the garden & embrace the Spring! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

If you haven’t already started on your chore list, Saturday is a great day to get started! Here’s a chore list pre-made –

  • Trim the shrubs & ornamental trees – holly’s, boxwoods, barberries, crepe myrtles, etc. (NOT azaleas yet)
  • Weeding! Flower beds, along edges, etc…
  • Clean-up! Rake and get up left over leaves, weeds etc…
  • Fertilize your shrubs – I use milorganite & espoma organic.
  • Fruit trees haven’t bloomed yet… Apply Dormant oil now if you haven’t already.
  • If you have a vegetable garden its a great time to till in some compost and manure to make ready!
  • Freshen up the look with mulch!
  • If you have a fescue lawn its time to aerate & overseed.
  • If you have a Water Garden – it’s time for a Spring clean-out!
  • It’s also a great time to power-wash sidewalks, driveways & patios.
  • Is your mower ready? Oil change? Sharpen blades? String trimmer ready to go?

In my experience, it’s good to be proactive when it comes to the Garden! You can fall behind so fast… Then it’s almost too much to handle! So I hope this very basic list of things to-do helps you get started for Spring 🙂

We have a full line of Garden Supplies, including Heirloom Seeds, Organic Fertilizers, Insect control, Dormant oil & more. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

At the end of a day working in the garden, I fire up the grill and ice down some drinks 🙂 Life is Good!

Have a GREAT weekend! & Happy Pondering!

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