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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



Friday Radio Report – The Rivers are Rising – Blue Sky’s Prevail! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

GREAT Show today with Dan Reaves & Sea Bass – The 180 Crew!

LOTS of comments today on the sheer amount of rainfall we have had this year… Over 20″ so far and we are just kicking off March! The rivers are mostly all at flood stage & they even called school out yesterday because of local flooding. BUT, just walk outside today and breath in some fresh air, look up into that bluebird sky and the feeling of Spring takes you. Blue sky’s have prevailed! 🙂 What a gorgeous start to what looks to be a ‘Perfect Weekend’!

Call in every Friday from 10-11am with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions – 731-423-8101. You can TEXT in too – 731-277-5155.

What happened on the show today? We had several calls and a TON of texts! We couldn’t get to all of them, but here are a few highlights –

  • Our own Sea Bass is going to try his hand at growing some peaches! He is going to plant some China Pearl peaches because they are his favorite! We will keep you posted …
  • We had some interest in getting a Gas Fire Pit with a “Cowboy Cooker” – that’s a removable grilling, cooking accessory that you can add to a Fire Pit.  We do install these and I hope the caller comes by and that I can help him further.
  • We talked about using Juniper as a groundcover on a sunny hillside that’s hard to mow.

And mainly that this is a great time to get out and catch up on gardening chores – trimming and pruning, weeding, aerating & overseeding lawn grass, fertilizing, mulching, spraying Dormant Oil, applying pre-emergent herbicides to your lawn and flower beds, etc…

Another great Friday show is in the books & I want to thank everyone who calls in and everyone who listens! You can Listen &/or call in with your questions every Friday from 10 – 11 am. at WNWS 101.5 FM in Jackson, TN. You can also listen on your smart phone on your TuneIn App.! This is a LIVE show and we appreciate your calls and questions! The number is 731-423-8101. You can also TEXT in your inquiries to 731-277-5155.

Now is the time! Spring is upon us…

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



Getting my garden and landscape ready for Spring
February 25, 2015, 8:21 am
Filed under: Landscaping & Gardening | Tags: , , ,
Question : What do I do to get my Garden ready for Spring?
The simple Answer is : Lots of things!
I was asked this question on Good Morning West Tn. yesterday morning. We all had some fun talking about working in your garden and gave out some good advice for sure. So this little list is an extension from that for all the folks who didn’t have time to make notes.
Of course clean up is job 1. Rake up those leaves and sticks and debris from the fall and winter. This is so important for the success of your garden! Not only is all that debris unattractive, it can be a home for overwintering insects as well as fungi that can get right back on your plants.
Then –

– Trimming and Pruning! This is a great time of year to get out there and do some trimming.Cut back you Roses, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials, and most Ornamental Shrubs like hollies and boxwoods. Not azaleas yet… Wait until they have bloomed to trim these 🙂 Limb up those trees in the landscape and along the borders too. Many people ask me WHEN to prune their Crape Myrtles, IF you haven’t already, do it now – It’s time!

Pruning tools and organic insecticides are your friends in the garden.

Pruning tools and organic products are your friends in the garden.

– Spray you fruit trees! Start out with a good Dormant Oil spray. Mix as directed on the label and spray well. This is the first step in a Spray program and is well worth the effort!

– Prepare your Soil in the Vegetable Garden! This is a wonderful time to clean up your vegetable garden! Clean out old plants and weeds, till the soil and add some good organic amendments – Chicken Poop, Black Cow manure, lime, Epson Salt, Mushroom Compost and Earthworm Castings. After you till your garden space, rake it out and plant some cool season vegetables like turnips, collards, carrots, radish, and the cool season list goes on…

We have organic soil amendments for your garden. Manure, compost and more.

We have organic soil amendments for your garden. Manure, compost and more.

– Fertilize! This is a great time to fertilize your Shrubs and Trees! This is a great time to fertilize your cool season lawns too. You can use a good balanced fertilizer like 15-15-15 for most chores or you can “Go Green” with a Organic fertilizer like Milorganite. Another GREAT Organic choice is to side dress your shrubs, trees & other plants with Composted Manure! Chicken Poop is my favorite and we have it available at the Nursery.

– Mulch! Aged Hardwood Bark Mulch is the most popular for ornamentals. But there are other great mulches too! Like pine bark, pine needles, cypress mulch, lava rock and decorative gravel. All these are great and really help your plants – it keeps weeds down and looks beautiful, it stabilizes soil temperature, protects the root system, protects the trunk of your trees from mechanical damage from mowers and string trimmers and much more! Mulch is the answer.

We have bulk mulch in stock for your project.

We have bulk mulch in stock for your project.

– Planting! This is an awesome time to plant most any ornamental plants in your landscape! Trees, shrubs, bulbs and more! Get your plan together, go by the nursery and get those beautiful plants in the ground.

OK, I just gave you LOTS to do…. Lets get out there and enjoy the coming season!

Here’s to Spring!

~Mark Carte