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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

So many people come to the nursery and just Love to feed the Koi!😍 They will swim right up and take the food from your hand 🖐🏻 So many people say “I can’t get my Koi to eat from my hand… What can I do”? So, I thought I would point everyone in the right direction on ‘How to get your Koi to eat from your hand”! 💥

Koi actually love to interact and eat from your hand. You just have to work with them a little bit… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The easiest way to explain how to train a koi to eat from your hand is to go Pavlovian on them… ie; Conditioned Response! Pavlov used a bell 🔔 or buzzer in his work. He would make the sound & then give the dog food… Eventually just making the sound would make the dog slobber with anticipation. It kinda works the same way with Koi! 

Consistency and repetition are key to train your Koi. Oh, and watermelon 🍉

#1 – Feed at the same time EVERY day! Be it morning or evening, be Consistent! 
#2 – Repetition! At first, feed at the same time, in the same place and with the same food! Make a little splash sound with your fingertips, then throw a little food out. not to much at first. Doing it this way doesn’t really take that long. You just have to be committed to the process! 
#3 Only feed for a given time. 5 minutes at first. Once they catch on, you can improvise with snacks and fruit 🍉 🍊 🥬 

Once you break the ice, you can move closer and closer during feeding time, until your right on the edge with them and they will be literally eating from your hand!

So there you have it.  Be consistent, be repetitive and ❤️ Your Koi! 



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 Love Koi! I love watching them swim, I love feeding them, I love the fact that they are so long lived as well. And, I LOVE finding new Koi that catch my eye and adding to my collection… But, how many Koi in any given pond are enough?
– When do I have too many Fish?

Staying in balance is what it’s all about. Flow rates, filter size, plant load AND fish population! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Not having too many fish in your pond is a Big Deal! It literally means the difference between a healthy low maintenance pond & a problem pond… Who wants green water & sickly fish? 

I try to keep my fish stock to a percentage. You can figure it two ways – 1” of fish per square foot of surface area OR 1” of fish per 10 gallons of water. If you keep to these parameters you will have a much healthier, lower maintenance pond.

Remember the guidelines when it comes to fish stocking rates – 1” of fish per square foot of surface area OR 1” of fish per 10 gallons of water. This will help keep your pond in balance! And it will help you relax… That’s a Huge part of being a Pond Owner 😊


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 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It’s getting HOT folks! Saturday was a scorcher – 102 F. Heat factor… Whew 😅 Can you say “Dog Days” are coming… What do you do when it’s too Hot to breathe? A/C!!! 

A better question: What can you do in the Hot months to help your Koi survive & thrive? 

As the temperatures rise, the Dissolved Oxygen in the water goes Down… How can you increase the D.O. In the warmer months? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Waterfalls and streams help to increase the Dissolved Oxygen (D.O.) in your Pond.

In the Spring, Fall & Winter D.O. Is usually ample when you have a waterfall and aquatic plants, But, as the water temperature increases in the late Spring and as we enter Summer, the D.O. goes way down! That can cause serious problems for your Koi! Even death 💀! What can you do to fix this? 

Many of my clients have an aeration system in their Pond. This helps to increase the D.O. (Dissolved Oxygen) In the water! It’s also a great safety for your fish as well, it’s very unlikely that the waterfall pump and the aeration system would fail at the same time, leaving your finned friends vulnerable. I recommend powering your aerator on a separate circuit as well, in case of GFCI interruptions. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

A good aeration system really increases the Dissolved Oxygen in your pond water! This means a healthy pond, clean water & healthy vigorous Koi! 

As you see here, the air column pushes up from the bottom, really moving and oxygenating the water.

A good aeration system is fairly inexpensive & simple to install as well. 

This is my Pond Tip for the week and I hope it helps 😊

 

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 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Good morning fellow “Pond People”! We have been enjoying a very unusual Spring season! Now the temps are rising and Summer is almost here! With it, as usual, comes a HUGE growth of Aquatic Plants – I LOVE it! BUT, beware! 

Aquatic Plants are a BIG part of a Water Garden. Stay ahead of any possible problems by keeping plants trimmed and in check.

Pond Tip : Stay ahead of any 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 pond maintenance services. 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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Hump Day Koi Fix | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

We are selling Koi again! And with selling comes questions. Some of the most basic questions I get time and time again, so here is a repost of some basic “Koi Myths” that I hear all the time… Have a Great Hump Day!

“It’s Wednesday, aka “Hump Day” and as usual the subject is Koi & Koi Pond’s 😊 We were discussing erroneous information & myths about Koi keeping that are out there, so I thought why not make a blog post about it… Here’s a quick “Top 5”…

#1 – You Can’t Be A Koi Keeper & A Water Gardener.

Not true! You can raise healthy koi In your beautiful water garden! The koi can grow up to be just as beautiful and healthy as they are in traditional koi ponds. Proper design is key! You will LOVE how they compliment each other 😊 I have installed Hundreds of beautiful Water Gardens with healthy happy Koi.

Koi and Water Gardens go together like peas and carrots 😊 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

#2 – Predators Will Eat All Your Fish.

Again, Proper Design is key! Raccoons generally won’t swim. That’s not to say they never swim, or couldn’t stand on the side of your pond and take a paw swipe or two at your fish… Fortunately, most fish will swim to a deeper, more protected part of the pond when a predator is threatening them. The one predator with legitimate credentials is the blue heron. Plenty of lily pads give them some protection and will work to minimize attracting a heron in the first place. Other protection measures include a motion activated water sprayer called a “Scarecrow” or even better a “Koi-cave” structure that can be built in during the pond’s construction. IF you already have a pond, they can be added with minimum remodeling during a clean out service.

A Blue Heron is a major Predator of our Koi and pond fish! BUT, we can stop them from harming our ‘finned friends’! Tools like a “Scarecrow”, or a fish cave really help! In the Fall a leaf net helps with more than 1 task 😊

#3 – Your Pond Must Be (3) Three Feet Deep to Keep Koi. 

There are literally tens of thousands of two-foot deep ponds all around this country, full of happy and healthy koi. The water in a two-foot deep pond will generally only freeze eight inches down in the coldest of climates, because of the insulating qualities of the earth that surrounds the pond – Here in West Tennessee usually not at all. Another Plus – a properly designed 2’ deep pond is easy to get in and out of 😉 Most of the ponds I have designed & built for the last 30 + years are 2’ deep and doing great! We can & do go deeper if the design calls for it of course, but don’t believe everything you read online! 

#4 – Koi Can’t Be Kept With Plants.

In a naturally balanced ecosystem, koi and plants complement and need one another. In nature, fish feed on plants. As a result, the fish produce waste, which is broken down by aerobic bacteria on the bottom of your pond, which, in turn, is used as fertilizer by the plants to grow and produce more natural fish food. One tip I have learned from experience- start with small Koi, they will grow up with the plants and won’t bother them at all – like in nature.

This is one of my Display Water Gardens at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio – The Aquatic Plants & Koi have been doing great here for almost 30 years!

#5 – If You Forget To Feed Your Koi They Will All Die. 

Totally False! In a properly designed & stocked pond, the ecological balance will amaze you! Crystal clear water, thriving aquatic plants & a healthy eco-system are your reward! We all Love to feed our babies, but if you miss a few days they will get busy doing some “pond keeping” of their own! 😊 They will ‘Thrive’, not simply survive! The key is  to “Stay in Balance”!

I hope this helps!

– 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 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Spring is in full swing! We are well past our frost and the whole world is green! 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 Max Growth 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 feed 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 a 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
http://www.cartercountry.com
 
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Help us ‘Ring in Spring’ on the 21st! Check it out | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

3 weeks from today is the 1st day of Spring! Come join us Saturday morning, the 21st of March and helps us celebrate the season!

Come join us for a day of family fun & learning! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Check out our video 👇🏻

What: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patios 22nd. Annual Spring Festival & Aquatic Workshop

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

When: Saturday, March 21st. 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! Bring the kids to the Petting Zoo! 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
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Spring Fest is 1 Month From Today! 💥 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio Presents – Our 22nd. Annual Spring Fest & Customer Appreciation Day!

– Saturday, March 21st. 2020.

Bring the family and come help us usher in Spring!

Jackson, Tn. – Come join us!  This is Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio’s 22nd. Annual Spring Fest. & Customer Appreciation Day and YOU are invited! 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’!

Learning about your Ponds & Kids having fun 😊 That’s what Spring Fest is all about! Looking forward to seeing everyone this year on the 1st day of Spring! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

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.

Get here early to take part in the class. We are going to perform a full Pond Clean-out -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.

Learn about Aquatic Plants, Pond Maintenance & more. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

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.

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 have a great time with us on this 22nd. Year Anniversary of Spring Fest.! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I’m fixing Hot Dogs, Smoked Sausage & Chicken 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 22nd. Annual Spring Festival & Aquatic Workshop

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

When: Saturday, March 21st. 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
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Koi Health Tip – Remember The Rule Of 50! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The temps continue to fall & the sun is setting earlier every day! Jack Frost Has paid a visit now & he will be a regular all through the coming winter… Now is the time that my clients and fellow Koi enthusiasts take that tough but very important step… But I’m still asked the question … – When do I stop feeding my Koi for the season?

Answer : Remember the rule of 50!

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

Check and verify your water temp (via a pond thermometer) & when your water temp drops to 50 degrees in the Fall, you should STOP feeding your Koi for the season 😢 That’s the “Rule of 50… 😉

Happy Pondering 🤔

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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