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The Last Day of Summer is Here… | What do I need to do to my Pond going into Fall? | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good Morning! Brace yourself… This is the last morning of late Summer… tomorrow is the Autumnal Equinox, ie; The 1st day of Fall 🍁

Fall will bring many changes to our Gardens and Ponds, its important to stay ahead of the game!

I always try to post 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, using pond/Koi 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!

We stock a complete line of Water Treatment Products for your Pond and Water Garden. Including Cold Temp Beneficial Bacteria | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Our Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria works and keeps on working when the plants and fish aren’t active and 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, reduced water clarity and can have catastrophic effects on your fishes health.

The next piece of ’Low Hanging Fruit’ im going to serve up is this : 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 today.

This should be standard equipment in every Koi Pond and Water Garden. Grab one at Carters Nursery today… 

The last Pond Tip for today is this – “Our Koi have eaten well this year & have put on a good bit of fat to get them through the Cool Season ahead. Now is the time that many of my clients and fellow Koi enthusiasts start asking a very important question…

– When do I stop feeding regular food and start feeding Cool Season Koi Food?

When the water temperature drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit you should switch to a Lower Protein, Cool Season Koi Food. We like to call it the ‘Rule Of 60’… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN


Switching to a Cool Temperature Koi Food is very important for the health of your Koi! 

Well thats enough for today  I just want you all to be ready with the tools and things you need to easily succeed during the changing of the seasons. 

Tomorrow is the start of a new Season! Are You ready for some Fall? 🏈 🍁 🔥

PS: Join us October 1st for a FREE Pond Maintenance Workshop!


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 Maintenance Workshop | Prepare Your Pond For Fall & Winter | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN
Be ready for the Fall & Winter months ahead of time! Come to our Free workshop and learn more.

We will host a Water Garden Maintenance Class to teach you about Fall & Winter Koi Pond/Water Garden care! The class will start at 9am.! Come in, take part and learn how to make your Pond even more low maintenance in the cooler season.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT!

WHAT: The 24th. Annual Fall Workshop
WHEN: SATURDAY, October 1st. – 9 am. to 12 pm.
WHERE: Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305

We will have:

– Seasonal Maintenance Class
– Treats for the you & the kids
– A sale on water gardening products!
– A Sale on Fish and Aquatic Plants!
– Water Gardening experts on hand to answer all of your questions.

Fall is in the air 🍁

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 | Local Tips For Pond People | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Is it Tuesday already 😮 Time is ✈️! I thought I would keep it light today, so this “Pond Tip” is for locals around the West Tn area… Fall is in our sight, Labor Day weekend is upon us and the Full Harvest Moon 🌕 is coming! And with the Harvest Moon we roll out our annual Moonlight Pond Tour!

September 10th is the date & this Pond Tour starts at Dusk…

So my Pond Tip for the week is… Get your tickets for the BEST Date Night of the year! And get em’ quick… It’s the Magic 🪄 Ticket 🌕

If your anywhere in West Tennessee don’t miss this unique Self Guided Tour! It’s always a beautiful evening and it’s for a VERY important organization!

100% of all donations go directly to the Jackson Animal Care Center | Jackson, TN

What: The 18th. Annual Moonlight Pond Tour
When: Saturday, September 10th. from dusk (7:00) till 11pm.
Where: Beautiful North Jackson, Tn. in Madison County.
Why: It’s Fun, Affordable and it’s for a GREAT CAUSE – The Jackson Animal Care Center! A truly Unique & Beautiful Garden Tour!
Tickets: $20 for the Pond Tour (no charge for kids age 12 and under)

This tour helps our furry friends! 100% of ALL tickets sales and donations goes directly to them. Tell a friend! Bring a friend. Bring a date. Bring the whole family! It’s going to be a Beautiful night under the Full Harvest Moon 🌕

The Moonlight Pond Tour is Coming! My Tip – Don’t miss it 😉

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 Tips | Pond Tip Tuesday | Late Summer Pond Tips | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

My pond has been exceptionally beautiful this summer! LOTS of lily blooms and the lotus have been showing out!

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 through late summer and into 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 – Boom 💥 Your 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 Aquatic Plant 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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It’s Friday | LIVE Talk Radio Show | Tune In This Morning 9-11 AM! | WNWS 101.5 FM | Everybody Talks | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I am about to be walking into the studios of WNWS 101.5 FM, in downtown Jackson, TN! I’m going LIVE from 9-11 am with Seabass and Chuck Walker – The 2 hardest working men in show business!💥 Join us today on “Everybody Talks”!

I’m on today 9-11am Call in and lets have some FUN! 731-423-8101

We got some more rain this morning and it’s forecast to rain off and on all weekend! ☔️ What does that mean for your Garden and Landscape? Lets talk about it 😊 I’ll be here from 9-11am – So get your questions ready! We will be talking Outdoor Living, Koi Ponds, getting ready for Fall gardening, seeding fescue, trimming, mulching, landscaping, feeding those hungry Hummingbirds, rain watching AND Just about anything else that YOU want to talk about! Ask a question, send in a picture, share a story (but please, NO politics!) It’s Friday! Call in and join us – 731-423-8101 

For 20 years Ive been involved with this Friday Talk Show and it just keeps getting better! The phone # is still the same – 731-423-8101

– HEY, You can listen, and you can call in and talk… the # is the same that it has been for over 20 years – 731-423-8101. But, did you know you can text your comments and questions? 731-277-5155

Did you know you can text us? Texting us is so easy! 731-277-5155 Give us a shout out from under your umbrella today 😊

Come by and see us at the Nursery! We are open today until 4pm and tomorrow 8-2!

Summer is In full swing at Carters! 

Come on in to Carters Nursery and get what you need for your Garden and your Pond! We are loaded with Plants, Shrubs & Perennials! We’ve got stone by the pound and Sod by the piece! Plus cool hats, jeans, garden decor and gifts in our ’Unique Boutique’…

Fridays on the radio are so much fun! Give us a call and join us  731-423-8101.

TGIF! See ya’ on the air 9-11am!

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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Feeding My Koi

Every evening I make my rounds and feed my babies ❤️ Join me as I get started 😊

Man I love my Koi! ❤️ Y’all have a good 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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Does My Koi Pond &/or Water Garden Need A Skimmer? | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I have been operating Carters Nursery Pond & Patio since 1989. I’ve set up countless Garden Shows and hosted hundreds of Pond related workshops (pond builds, design classes, waterfall building, pond maintenance, koi health, etc etc)… I own & operate a 7 acre Garden Center and Aquatic Nursery with running eco-system ponds and a full Koi facility. My goal all these years has been to show Pond Enthusiasts a better way. But, that doesn’t mean I can rest on my laurels… Just Yesterday, I had a great conversation with a walk in customer that lives within 5 miles of my Nursery and has been a pond enthusiast for over 15 years! And guess what… He didn’t know that I was here and he didn’t know what a Pond Skimmer would do for him 😮 Sooooo, needless to say I spent some time with him and gave him the full .10 cent tour of my place! He was blown away and left with a skimmer of his own and a mission to install it himself 💥

We have a skimmer to fit most any Pond at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, TN 38305

So the question remains for many Pond owners –

Q- Does My Koi Pond &/or Water Garden Need A Skimmer?

The answer is YES! Most Definitely…

The simple function of the Skimmer is to help collect surface debris from your Pond. BUT, that’s not all it does for you. A good Skimmer also –

  • Houses, hides and pre-filters your Pond Pump! No more clogged pumps! 💥
  • By collecting debris before it collects on the pond bottom it Greatly Improves Water Quality!
  • A Skimmer also greatly increases dissolved oxygen in your Pond Water! Making a much healthier Pond and much happier Koi!
  • A Skimmer does most of the physical work for you, giving you more time to relax 😊

IF you are a Pond guy or gal and don’t have a Pond Skimmer, I am here to help! Drop by and I will show you the light 💡 or give me a call 1-731-424-2206 and I will come to you!

Thanks! & 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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LIVE Talk Radio TODAY 9-11am! | Friday Radio Report! | Everybody Talks | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I am walking into the studios of WNWS 101.5 FM, in downtown Jackson, TN! Im about to go LIVE from 9-11 am with Seabass and Chuck Walker! Join us today on “Everybody Talks”!

I’m on today 9-11am Call in and lets have some FUN! 731-423-8101

We finally got some rain last night and this morning! What does that mean for your Garden and Landscape? I’ll be here from 9-11am – So get your questions ready! We will be talking Outdoor Living, Koi Ponds, Gardening, trimming, mulching, landscaping, Hummingbird watching, staying cool by the swimming pool AND Just about anything else that YOU want to talk about! Ask a question, send in a picture, share a story (but please, NO politics!) It’s Friday! Call in and join us – 731-423-8101 

For 20 years Ive been involved with this Friday Talk Show and it just keeps getting better! The phone # is still the same – 731-423-8101

– HEY, You can listen, and you can call in and talk… the # is the same that it has been for over 20 years – 731-423-8101. But, did you know you can text your comments and questions? 731-277-5155

Did you know you can text us? Texting us is so easy! 731-277-5155 Give us a shout out from the pond!

Come by and see us at the Nursery! We are open today until 4pm! 

Summer is In full swing at Carters! 

We have Everything for your Pond and Water Garden at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio. From Seasonal Food and Water Treatments to Filters and Supplies, we have you covered!

Here are a few recent images for ya’

Fridays on the radio are always fun! Give us a call 731-423-8101.

TGIF! See ya’ on the air 9-11am!

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 | Summertime Pond Tips | Keep an Eye On Your Water Level | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good morning!  Its going to be another hot, sticky day in the south! 

The hot days of Summer increase evaporation in your Ponds and Pools. Don’t forget to add water!

Have you noticed that you have to add more water to your pond during Hot weather like this? Did you know that It’s purely from evaporation! Don’t forget to top off your Water Garden from time to time to keep up with evaporation! It will protect your Koi and it will keep your pump running properly!


Check out my little Pond Tip for this week…

We sell and install an Auto Fill Unit for your Pond! The float on the end kicks it into action when it reaches the desired level and it fills it back up for you! Talk about Low Maintenance!

Does your Pond have an Auto Fill Valve? They are fairly simple to install and virtually invisible in your skimmer.

– Can you imagine not having to worry about adding water over the Hot Summer months? 

Boom 💥 This is my offering for your Pond Tip this week. To me it’s all about Low Maintenance! Less work and more enjoyment!

Enjoy the Pond Tip! And stay cool out there 😊

– 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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Pond Tip Tuesday | Trim & Fertilize Aquatic Plants For Peak Performance | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Summertime is here & with the hot weather comes a HUGE growth of our Aquatic Plants – I LOVE IT! BUT, beware! 

Fertilize your Water Lilies monthly for peak performance.

Pond Tip : Stay ahead of possible plant clogs and stream or waterfall dams by trimming and pruning your aquatic plant growth! It will keep your pond looking great and you will see increased bloom and performance as well! ALSO – Check and empty your skimmer weekly!

Its as simple as that folks! I clip dead or dying lilies once per week (and fertilize monthly during the season)! I also thin marginals as needed – Usually once or twice per season will do the trick! And vola’! NO clogs, or plant dams all season long!

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

PS: We offer weekly & monthly pond maintenance services. Call for more details – 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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