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Pond Tip Tuesday | Design Tips For The Perfect Pond | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Water features are popping up everywhere and it seems everyone wants a backyard Pond or Water Feature.

Water features come in many forms… Bubbling Fountains, Pondless Waterfalls, Ornamental Koi Ponds and so much more! My single biggest request is to design and install Custom Residential Watergardens and Ponds! Everyone wants their own personal Oasis! And Why Not? They add so much to your life. But remember, If it’s worth doing , it’s worth doing right.

Like any project you undertake , you should first do some research and gather info .

– First , look around at some local Water Features and talk to some people who have one in their life. Identify some interesting design elements that you like and may want to incorporate into yours. Streams, bridges, lighting, fish caves, waterfalls, jets, etc, etc…

 Go on a Pond Tour! There’s no better way to see some awesome Watergardens and talk to actual Pond owners than on a Pond Tour ! I have been on dozens of Pond Tours all over this country and there’s no better way to learn about what its like to have a Waterfall in your own backyard than on a good Pond Tour! In fact, we have our Annual ‘Moonlight Pond Tour’ coming up on Saturday, September 18th.! See some gorgeous Ponds and Waterfalls with extensive night lighting. You will find Inspiration and ideas galore! 💥

– If and when you need some help with your design, call a professional Pond Designer! When I need help outside of my Specialty, and I want something done right the first time, that’s what I do. AND – Be choosy! Make sure your dealing with a qualified Waterfeature Specialist ( like a C.A.C. – Certified Aquascape Contractor ), PS: it’s probably NOT the guy mowing your grass… Check references! Look at Their work (older and more recent)! And Always get a written contract! I have successfully installed thousands of Water Features over the last 32 years and would be more than happy to help you in your quest for the perfect Backyard Water Feature!

Getting a Backyard Pond is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do for yourself!

Viva La’ Ponds!

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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Waterfall Wednesday | Waterfall Rebuild | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Here we are in June! And it’s already #waterfallwednesday 🌊 I recently went by a clients home who had built their own Pond and Waterfall many years ago. They really enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and just LOVE their Pond! ❤️ Overtime, the plants and trees have grown and pushed on the skimmer and the liner and they told me “it’s been over 15 years since we put this Pond in and it’s time for some maintenance & repairs, plus – we want a new look with the stream and waterfall”…

The hydraulic pressure that tree roots can produce is Amazing! What’s even more amazing to me is that this was installed over 15 years ago and has withstood all this pressure and hasn’t broken or leaked! We only use and sell Aquascape Filters, this is why!

After we removed the old skimmer, trimmed roots, etc… We replaced the old skimmer with a new unit and then moved on to redoing the stream and falls.

The original stream and waterfall was installed by the homeowner himself! He did a great job in my opinion! He had never done this before and it lasted over 15 years with no leaks or problems. That’s Awesome! But like many Pond Owners, after years, they are ready for a fresh look.

We brought in some larger stone, much of it was Moss stone to have that immediate effect of age and we also added lights 💥 Now they have 2 Ponds… The daytime feature that they already love and now feature #2 – the new nighttime Pond!

A shot of the redesigned waterfall and stream.
Here’s a wide angle shot. Does it look like the same stream to you?

Everyone is happy with the final results. 💥 Boom A win win! Always a great project! And Waterfall Wednesday, is always a great day!

Here’s to #waterfallwednesday !

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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Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I Love designing and building Custom Water Features! So projects like this one are special. Building a feature as close to the look and feel of a “Natural Waterfall” was our goal on this one. Each project we do is a custom, one of a kind feature. In other words, creating Living, Moving Art is our business. From design to completion, From Dream to Reality! That’s what we do… 

Pictures don’t do this feature justice! But, the pictures are pretty darn nice 😊 The team at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio hit it out of the park on this one.

I hope you have a great #waterfallwednesday! It’s all downhill to the weekend from here! 😊

 

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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Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Another #waterfallwednesday is upon us! Check out this beauty I’ve posted for you today. It may look like nature created this beauty,  but we just turned this one on for the first time in this photo. That’s our goal. Water Features that look, sound and feel ‘Natural’…

This waterfall may look like it been here for a long time, but we just turned it on for the first time. That’s the Art of creating Waterfalls

Have a safe & happy Waterfall Wednesday! 

I ❤️ My Job! & I ❤️ My Art! 


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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Sunday Reflections…

My son and I have been on a business trip for the last week & I think we both learned a lot & had a great time to boot! But, there’s nothing like going HOME! Home is where the ❤️ is 😍

Jacob sure had fun on this learning trip! We earned CEU’s to keep our Master Certification up to date. AND they had Koi to feed😊 NOW we get go home and feed our own Koi babies! #Theresnoplacelikehome

 

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realized what’s changed is you.”

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Have a a great Sunday!

 

Mark Carter



Friday Report From The Road | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Most every Friday I blog about the radio show I do with the 180 Crew at WNWS 101.5fm. Friday’s between 9-11am we talk outdoor living, gardening, Koi Ponds and the like. But, this Friday I am not in the studio with Dan & Sea Bass… I will be calling in between 8:30 and 9am to give a report from the road.

Every year I drive up to Chicago to train and earn CEU’s to maintain our Certification, Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio are Master Certified Aquascape Contractors. We are ranked in the Top 100 Water Feature Contractors in the world 🌎

This year is extra special to me personally because I brought my son, Jacob Carter with me to take part in classes and training for the 1st. time! He is working in the family business now and wants to learn!

Jacob is one of the youngest guys here for training. He is a much better student than I was at his age 😊 I’m a Proud papa!

I will give a full report next week on all the goings on in the big city and all the new technology that’s available 😉

Tune in for my Report & 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
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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Waterfall Wednesday | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I posted about this Water Feature when it was newly built several years ago. This Large Pondless Waterfall was built by our CAC group (Certified Aquascape Contractors) at our annual Training Event in Illinois (Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio are Master CAC’s). This morning my son and I had breakfast by this Water Feature & I took this picture from my seat 😊 My contribution to #waterfallwednesday !

The Landscape has really filled in nicely. This feature looks and feels so Natural! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Training and keeping up with new technology and techniques is all important if your to stay at the top of the game! That’s why we work at constant improvement! This year I took a very important person to this wonderful training event so he could grow and get better too.

My son Jacob is working in the business now! He grew up in and around the nursery & our family business, and is learning more and more every day 😊

Even Greater things are yet to come 🙏🏻

 

Have a Great Day! More updates coming soon…

 

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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Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I thought I would post this for my contribution to #waterfallwednesday

Shane (my construction supervisor), Jacob (my son) & I went down and spent an entire week working with Gulf Coast Aquascapes & a team of fellow Certified Aquascape Contractors to build this Awesome Waterfall Feature at the New Gulf Coast Zoo! This will be the Spider Monkey Island exhibit.

The good news is, the Little Zoo That Could will be reopening soon! It will now be known as the ‘Little Zoo That Grew”! Click on the link below for more info…

https://www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.com/events/last-day-open-at-current-location/

 

I hope everyone has a Great “Waterfall Wednesday”!

 

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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Beautiful Pondless Waterfall | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

This Pondless Waterfall is located at an Event Center in the Chicagoland area. It was built a little over 2 years ago as a training event for Professional “Certified” Pond Builders, aka: CAC’s (Certified Aquascape Contractors) to learn more about Large scale water features. I am back in town for a yearly conference with my fellow CAC’s, (I am a Master CAC) and just had dinner out here by this feature and wanted to share it with all of you. The plants have all been updated and had time to fill in nicely. It turned out Beautifully! Check it out…

 

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