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Sunday Reflections…

I’ve been up since early… Drinking coffee and thinking 🤔 Reflecting. Yesterday was a fun, long, laidback day. My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary in grand fashion… At the river 😊 Floating, fishing, photography – Fun. The only thing I can complain about is we ran out of hours in the day, and the mosquitoes were out in force last night🦟

Yesterday was a busy, wonderful day! A beautiful sunrise, fun on the river, great food, a beautiful sunset on the water, live music at the marina & a gorgeous Full moon 🌕

We want to thank everyone who called, messaged and texted to wish us a Happy Anniversary! ❤️ It was a fun, laid back, perfect day.

“Mosquito is out,
it’s the end of the day;
she’s humming and hunting
her evening away.
Who knows why such hunger
arrives on such wings
at sundown? I guess
it’s the nature of things.”

~ N. M. Boedecker

Mark C.

Hello March! Hello Spring 💐 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Tennessee

Yes! March is the 1st Month of Spring 💐 It’s also the month we “Spring Forward”, which I actually love ❤️ because I like to stay outside in the evenings after work… I know there are no more hours or time in the day, BUT, it’s always so nice to have the evenings back! March 1st is the 60th day of the year… And now is when the Magic starts to happen! The Daffodils and many other early Spring bulbs start blooming, along with other harbingers of the season like the ‘Yellow Bell’ Forsythia, Quince, Oriental Magnolias and so many other native trees and shrubs… We are entering the most exciting time of the year!

Nothing says Spring more than blooming Daffodils 🌼
There is something about seeing the Yellow Bells’ blooming that brings SPRING into sharp focus! Get ready, it’s Happening!
A Redbud (Cercis canadensis) in full Spring bloom. One of my favorite early Spring blooming trees | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN
Saucer’ Magnolia – (Magnolia × soulangeana). A harbinger of Spring! This one has been growing in my garden for decades! Sooo beautiful 🙂 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

There’s only one thing that Spring brings that I don’t like…

Oh well… Ya’ gotta take the good with the bad sometimes! 😊

Have a good one!

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

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Sunday Reflections…

Have you stepped outside this morning? It’s almost hot! Immediately I was buzzed by several mosquitoes 🦟 What a difference a week makes! Tomorrow is March 1st! The 1st. month of Spring! Also the month we run the clocks forward… ‘Spring forward’ is the term I do believe, and that happens 2 weeks from today! 😳

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for Spring! The longer days, staying outside, getting back in the garden. Bring it!

Breakfast calls, then, who knows 😊

“The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face.
The breeze stirs the trees but leaves my hair unmoved.
The cooling rain will feed the grass but will not slake my thirst.
It is all inches away but further from me than my dreams.”
~ M. Romeo LaFlamme, The First of March

Enjoy your day!

Mark C.

Sunday Reflections…

Well I got up this morning to a still cold, mostly white, snow covered world. But today the wind is out of the south and the temperature is getting up above 50 today, so I expect to see some grass and bare areas before the day is out. It’s been over a week of being mainly trapped in the house, below zero wind chills, frozen pipes, BAD roads, Storm damage, etc… I feel ready for Spring…

This has been our reality for well over a week! But today we will get up to around 55 degrees! 🔥

In another way, its been so beautiful… We have gotten to spend some quality time together and I will miss that part of being trapped inside together 😊 I haven’t watched the news or read the paper or even payed attention to the outside world…

But, the snow is melting… This week is warming up, we will be in the 60’s by midweek! Which will bring a whole different experience that we may not be ready for either…

When all this ice melts and we warm into the 60’s + the Skeeters will be back around… You know what that means… Spring is Coming!

“There’s a patch of old snow in a corner 
That I should have guessed 
Was a blow-away paper the rain 
Had brought to rest. 

It is speckled with grime as if 
Small print overspread it, 
The news of a day I’ve forgotten — 
If I ever read it.”

~ Robert Frost

Have a Blessed Sunday! 🙏🏻

Mark Carter

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