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Spring is Coming | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It sure has felt like an early Spring these last several days! It’s storming like Spring today too… Yesterday I was smacking Mosquitoes 🦟 😳

I have slapped a few skeeters 🦟 in the last couple days. Spring is Coming!

Here’s a little reminder of how quickly Spring will officially be here –

2020 is moving right along! Spring follows Winter! Spring is Coming!

Click on the link below to get a countdown in days, hours and minutes to Spring 👇🏻

We can do this! Spring is Coming! 🌼  🌼 🌼


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

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Do Koi Ponds Attract Mosquitoes? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Just yesterday I gave a report on how to reduce mosquitoes around your home & property. I almost immediately received a call asking if their Koi Ponds could be attracting  mosquitoes… That’s a relevant question! Zika & West Nile virus are in the news and we all want to be proactive and keep the mosquitoes at bay. So I wanted to answer that question right away!

GREAT news! If your Koi Pond or Water Garden was properly designed – You have nothing to worry about!

A properly designed Water Garden or Koi Pond will have good circulation & filtration, including a Skimmer and fish. All this together is cryptonite for mosquitoes. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

#1 – Mosquitoes do lay their eggs in water, but they seek stagnant water. Fresh, clean, moving water like the water in your Koi Pond isn’t appealing to mosquitoes as a breeding area!

A few other reasons a proper Water Garden or Koi Pond doesn’t attract or increase mosquitoes –

  • Pond fish like Koi, Comets, Shubunkin, etc. LOVE to eat mosquito larvae.
  • A skimmer filter breaks the surface tension of your pond water & creates incredible water movement into the skimmer. If there was any mosquito larvae in your Pond that escaped the fish and frogs, etc. it would get drawn into the skimmer and drowned/destroyed.
  •   If your Pond is properly designed & maintained, you don’t have excess algae or overgrown vegetation – 2 more things that they need to grow and thrive.

I hope this information has put your mind at ease. Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have about this & I will do my best to help.

Get out there and enjoy your Pond as we head into Spring!

Happy Pondering!

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

Friday Radio Report – Spring is in the air! So are the Mosquitoes! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

TGIF! Another great Friday show today! BIG thanks to Dan Reaves & Sea Bass!

Today was a LIVE remote from Smallwoods RV and Spring was definitely in the air! EVERYONE is ready to get outside again! It’s time for Camping, fishing, hiking, gardening, etc.!

The big subject that I talked about a bit was Mosquitoes! They are ready for Spring too! The main question was – HOW do I control Mosquitoes? AND, how do I control them Organically, safely & without chemicals? There are several things we can do to dramatically reduce mosquito populations in our outdoor living spaces! Here is a small list to get started on right now –

#1 Get rid of standing water!

  • Make sure your gutters are clean and completely draining
  • Clean/flush birdbaths – every few days
  • Clean/flush plant saucers – every few days
  • Dump water from tire swings! OR better yet – drill a few holes in the bottom…
  • Turn over empty cans, buckets, wheelbarrows, etc.
  • Clean up! Old bags, tarps or bottles are a GREAT habitat for mosquitoes! 1 bottle cap can be the breading ground for thousands of mosquitoes this season!

    Mosquitoes are a pest! But with a little work, you can really reduce their population around your living area without the use of chemicals | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Putting up a couple of Purple Martin houses in late Winter (Now) is a great way to invite mosquito eating birds into your landscape.

Even better mosquito eaters are bats! A few well placed bat houses will do wonders for your mosquito problems!

ALSO – Many people use Mosquito Dunks in standing water areas. Mosquito Dunks are a larvacide that kills mosquitoes! Otherwise known as BT (Bacillus thuringensis). They are great for containers, rain gardens, rain barrels, etc. There is no unpleasant smell and they aren’t harmful to pets!

There you have it! A few things you can do right NOW to cut down on mosquitoes safely! Try these things and you will see a HUGE decrease in mosquitoes and a HUGE increase in your Garden enjoyment!


Have a GREAT Weekend!

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