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Hump Day Koi Fix | The Rule Of 60 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Spring is in full swing! We are past our last frost date and the whole world is greening up, I LOVE it! So do my Koi! 😊 They have been tearing up the Cool Season Koi Food and the veggies I have been feeding them. In fact, many of my customers and fellow Koi enthusiasts have been feeding Cool Season Food & have asked me the all important question…

– When can I start feeding regular and Color Enhancing Koi Food?

My Answer- Remember the rule of 60!

When the water temperature has stabilized above 60 degrees Fahrenheit you can switch to a Higher Protein or a Color Enhancing Koi Food. We like to call it the ‘Rule Of 60’… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We have covered The Rule of 50 in previous Blogs, when coming out of Winter into Spring, you must let the water temp stabilize for at least a week at 50+ degrees Fahrenheit before you start to feed your koi. AND, when you do start back to feeding, you should use a quality, Cool Season Koi Food! And don’t over feed! Gradually reintroduce food to them in small amounts.

Now, at least for me (check your thermometer) it’s time to make the transition to a regular Koi Food. In fact, I will start to feed both high protein and color enhancing feed, alternating weekly between the two.

Every Pond should have a floating Pond thermometer. Our finned friends are cold blooded & water temperature is very important when it comes to seasonal feeding times. Pick one up at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

So to wrap it up, check your water temp & when your above 60 degrees for several days in a row and climbing, you can transition to warm season Koi Food. That’s the “Rule of 60”… 😉

Viva La’ Spring!

Happy Pondering 🤔

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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My Spring Self | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

As I sit listening to the morning birds welcoming the day, I’m a happy man 😊 The chirping of Hummingbirds is back too! My Koi are eating like crazy! All the trees are coming out beautifully & it seems the whole world is in bloom!

Like some of you, I go through a tough time in the Winter months… I literally get “depressed”… They call it – Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Lack of energy, moody, easily agitated & not sleeping well are all symptoms of SAD… BUT, the change of the seasons seems to melt it all away & I feel alive and well again 😊 Think “Spring Thaw”!

When the Winter blues melt away, I am truly a better, happier person…😊

So, bye bye grumpy & Hello to my favorite me! Spring is here! And Summer is right around the corner 😎

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Shrubs, Flowers & Mulch – Check, Check & Check! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I was asked, “When is the best time to plant a tree or shrub”? I answered, tongue in cheek, “20 years ago”…. 😊 The 2nd Best time to plant? NOW!!

The Plants are looking GREAT at Carters Nursery! The Azaleas are in bloom! The hydrangeas are flushing out beautifully! The Perennials are all emerging nicely! And all is right in the world 😊❤️

Everything is looking so nice! Come in today and see what I’m talking about! 😊

Y’all come!

 

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

Good morning! I am “Reporting” this morning from… My house 😉 Yes, I’m out sick today 😷 BUT, please tune in to 101.5fm and join the 180 Crew LIVE from Carlock Nissan! LOTS of specials going on, they have food and refreshments for all that come by & if you stop by and test drive a car – you will be entered to win $1,000.00! Wow 😮

The 180 Crew is LIVE at Carlock Nissan! Come by and see us and test drive one of these Awesome vehicles!

On another note, Carters Nursery is OPEN and stocked with Plants, Pond Supplies, Mulch, Garden Supplies & more! Stop by the Nursery today until 4pm & tomorrow 8am-2pm! PLUS: Today is Fishy Friday!

For the entire month of April, 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

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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

I slept in this morning… Didn’t get up till 6! And it felt great! 😊 Yesterday was a FUN day of talking, visiting and cooking for everyone at our annual Spring Fest…. But it wore me out 😉 After we got it all cleaned up and settled in for the evening, I went to sleep in my chair around 8pm.! I asked Jo why she didn’t wake me up to go to bed, she said I was sleeping so good she hated to bother me 😊 PS: It WAS some good sleep! I want to say “Thank you” to everyone who came out yesterday to visit, say hi 👋, pet the animals, eat lunch and helped to make this annual event a success! Happy Spring to ALL!

Kids having fun 😊 That’s what it’s all about! Thanks to everyone who helped us ring in Spring!

The year’s at the spring
“The years at the spring,
And day’s at the morn,
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in his Heaven-
All’s right with the world!”
   ~ Robert Browning

 

Have a great Sunday Morning 🌞

 

Mark Carter



Today is the Day! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Join us today for a little fun, a little food and a bit of learning at our annual Spring Fest & Customer Appreciation Day!

The Maintenance Class will start at 9am, the Petting Zoo will be open by 10 and lunch will be ready around 11:30! 😊

CARTERS NURSERY POND & PATIO’s 21st. ANNUAL SPRING FEST. March 23rd. 2019

Bring the family and come help us usher in Spring!

Jackson, Tn. – Come join us at Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio for our 21st. Annual Spring Fest. & Customer Appreciation Day! We will have lots of fun, food and informative things to take part in!

Bring the kids and let them pet the animals at the ‘Petting Zoo’ 😊

Bring your whole family out to Carters Nursery and enjoy the animals with us at our 21st. Annual Spring Fest! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio| This Event is Free.

For the Adults – We will have several opportunities for you to learn all about Water Gardening and Aquatic Plants. You can get all the information you will need to Design, Build and Maintain a Beautiful Water Feature of your own. We will have a Maintenance Workshop to teach attendees how to clean and maintain a Water Garden

We have maintenance classes & a great Q&A for attendees! Everyone loves to learn more about their Water Features. Even the kids have fun.

Get here early to take part in the class. We are going to perform a full Pond Cleanout -We will show you how to properly catch and tank the fish, how to cut back and divide the aquatic plants, break down the filters, etc… During the class we will have an in depth Q & A – After this class you will know all about Proper Pond Care! Classes will start around 9am. and will go all the way through till 2pm.

We will discuss Aquatic Plants and  how you can introduce more Aquatic Plants into your Waterscape AND your Landscape.

 

Mark will be cooking lunch at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio’s ‘Outdoor Kitchen’! “I’m firing up the Saffire Grill & The big AOG Grill too. Y’all come on out and enjoy the day with us at our 21st. Annual Spring Fest.

“I’m fixing Hot Dogs and Smoked Sausage with ALL the fixings! We will also be firing up the Saffire Grill to cook some special things. We will have chips and cookies and more! This is my favorite part of the event because I get to grill & cook – & I am gonna cook up some good food for everyone that comes!”

 

What: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patios 21st. Annual Spring Festival & Aquatic Workshop

Where: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio – 2846 Old Medina Rd. in Jackson, Tn.

When: Saturday, March 23rd. from 9am till 2pm.

WHY should I come? It’s going to be a FUN filled day for the whole family! AND it’s FREE! Petting Zoo & Pony Rides for the kids! BIG Specials for the Spring Season and “How To” Classes taught by the best in the Biz.!

For more information give us a call : # 731-424-2206 or http://www.cartercountry.com/ Y’all Come!

~ Mark Carter



Friday Radio Report… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

A great morning with Dan & Sea Bass- The 180 Crew! We are LIVE in Medina, TN at Rhodes Family Diner! The BIG STORY this morning? Big Steve from Carlock Nissan is buying breakfast! So come on by😊

‘Live’ from Rhodes Family Diner in Medina, Tennessee!

Lots of great folks are pouring in to say hi and grab a bite to eat! Someone will win a 50” Smart TV this morning too! BUT, you have to come in, to win 😊

Win a 50” Smart TV just for stopping by Rhodes this morning! Plus- FREE BREAKFAST!

Lots of calls and questions today about gardening and landscaping!

  •  Time to cut back roses 🌹
  • Trim hollies and boxwoods
  • Feed & fertilize plants
  • Aerate and overseen fescue lawns
  • Clean Water Gardens
  • Trim aquatic plants

Im posting this early in the show in the hope that you can make it over for breakfast 🍳

– Join us tomorrow for our Annual Spring Fest at Carters Nursery!

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
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