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I ❤️ Blueberries | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I ❤️ blueberries! I eat them most everyday! They are great in oatmeal, cereal, salads, smoothies, pies, Ad infinitum… Blueberries rock!!! They are also a native fruit that grows well in many areas.

Blueberries are a very rewarding plant. Beautiful, hardy & the fruit is so good! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Here in the South with our long growing season & plentiful rainfall, growing blueberries is a ‘no-brainer’… Sure, I plant them in the field or around the orchard, but I also LOVE to use them as ornamental Landscape plantings! They make great fill in plants along a sunny foundation or a backdrop for a bird feeding area or even as a screening hedge! Blueberries are Very versatile 😊

Tips for Growing –

– One of the most important things to remember when growing blueberries is that they demand a very low PH (acidic 4.5 – 5.5 or so) to grow well & thrive. So yearly you have to check PH and add an acidifier like Sulfur, Aluminum Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate, etc… I usually opt for the organic sulfur because I am eating these 🙂 AND, I think it gives a better, sweeter taste.

I recommend using an Organic Acidifier (Sulfur) to keep the PH low. This will make for healthy, vigorous Blueberries, that just taste great! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

– If your planting Blueberries in our area, initial soil prep is key! Build up beds a little to aid in drainage. Till in some sand, peat and organic compost. Apply sulfur as needed based on PH test.

– Planting the right variety is huge!
Always choose Southern Rabbit eye varieties for success in W. TN. A few of my favorites are – Premier, Tifblue, Powder Blue & Climax. Fertilize with an organic fertilizer for fruit in late Winter/early Spring. Then I feed several times throughout the season with an organic compost tea and side dress mid season with a little composted manure. Mulching is very important too! Try crushed pine bark or pine needles. Both are acidic and work well.

– Click on this link below to learn about how to trim/prune your blueberries for better form & function! 👇🏻

https://savvygardening.com/pruning-blueberries/

PS: This is a great time to set out some blueberries! And, a great time to prune & apply compost & sulphur for PH to your existing bushes.

Good Luck! & Happy Gardening!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Saturday Mulch Sale | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

If your like me, time has a way of slippin’ up on ya’… You’ve been meaning to mulch your trees and plants before winter temps really set in, and you just saw the weather forecast! 😬  If you didn’t, PS: Lows in the teens (windchills in the single digits) all next week! 🥶 Plus a chance of ice & Snow ❄️

Mulch will do more than look great! It will stabilize the soil temperature around your plants and help protect them from damaging freezes| Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

So, if your a “Last Minute” guy or gal, Today is your Lucky Day! Today from 8am till 2pm. Bulk Hardwood Bark Mulch is only $20 per scoop, including tax! You pick the color! Boom 💥

All you have to do is mention that you saw this, that’s it! How about that for a flash sale😎

Have a Great Weekend!

PS: Stay warm! 🔥

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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When Do I Plant Bulbs For Spring Color? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I post info on planting Spring Flowering Bulbs every Fall because this is the proper time to get them in the ground. So without further delay…

”Do you love to see those yellow Daffodils that come up early and bring in the Spring season. I still have some daffodils, crocus and grape hyacinths that my grandma planted in the gardens and it really feels good to see them blooming every Spring!

For Best Results – Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Fall.

These daffodils were planted by my grandma and always bring happy thoughts to me. Plant them in the Fall for Spring beauty, year after year… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The most popular Spring flowering bulbs are daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinths. They are the easiest to grow and find, and the least expensive to buy. You can find them at many Local Nurseries and Garden Centers this time of year (Fall). Here are a few more to check out :

  • alliums
  • anemones
  • aconites
  • dog-tooth violets
  • fritillaries
  • grape hyacinths
  • reticulated iris
  • glory-of-the-snow
  • snowdrops
  • snowflakes
  • star of Bethlehem.

The best time to plant your bulbs is right about now ( In the Fall between now and Christmas), at least it is here in West Tennessee. The bulbs need a lot of cold temp. time to really bloom well, so get them in asap…

First things first… Like I always say, Come up with a Design Idea! Where are you going to plant these bulbs? How many will you need? Are you going to over plant your new bed with annuals like pansy’s or violas? Get out the tape measure & a pencil and paper and come up with some basic dimensions and a basic design…Once you have a general idea that you like, get your supplies together and get started!

We have soil amendments like compost, manure, bone meal, blood meal, bulk mulch and more in stock for your projects at Carters nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN 38305!

Make sure too …

#1 – Get good quality, firm, heavy bulbs. NO soft, moldy or stunted ones! The bigger the better.

#2 – Get soil amendments to prepare your holes or beds. Organic is the way to go in my opinion! Blood Meal, Bone meal, Compost and chicken manure have always worked well for me. Work the soil well and as deeply as possible; rich soil and good drainage are key. If its heavy clay, work in some sand to improve drainage.

#3 – Plant you bulbs! Most bulbs get planted 2 to 3 times their diameter in depth except for the smaller ones (less that 1 1/2″), plant them 3 to 4 times their dia. deep. REMEMBER – The point goes up! You can use a bulb planter or garden trowel to install them one at a time. Or, you can excavate an area to the proper depth and do a mass planting of your bulbs. I love the effect that a big mass planting of spring color can make! Even a dozen bulbs around the mailbox can make Spring seem more abundant.

After you get them installed remember to mulch! The mulch will help hold moisture, deter weeds, stabilize the ground temperature and it looks great.

I hope this helps and I hope you plant a bunch of beautiful Spring Flowering Bulbs!

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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Cool Stuff at Carters Nursery | Jackson, Tennessee

Have you been by Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio lately?

Lizards 🦎 & Snakes 🐍 and Frogs 🐸 OH My!

We have some beautiful Talavera pottery and accent pieces for ya…

We have great supply of Pond Supplies & Water Treatments. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Lots of Supplies for the Garden too…

If your gonna grow some Turnip greens, try a variety called ‘Seven Top’ . I think they are the best greens out there. These don’t grow a turnip root though… Just the best greens!

We have compost, manure & Mulch too!

It’s time to switch to Cool Season Fish food! We stock it at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Seasonal items for Fall like wheat straw and Pumpkins 🎃 too…!

The Fall season starts now 😊 Join us for Fall Fest October the 12th!

Y’all Come see us for all your Water Garden & Landscaping needs! Fall is 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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Saturday Shoppers | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning at Carters Nursery, Pond and Patio! Come in today for some special savings! AND, if you tell them you saw THIS ad, you will receive even more savings 😊

We love Fall around here 🙂 Come out and join us at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio Today & save 25% off all plants in stock! Huge savings on pottery & more! | Jackson, Tennessee

Fall Pond supplies are in too! It’s a great day to grab cool season water treatments & a leaf net too…

Everyone needs a ‘Nurseryfix’ from time to time 😊

Have a Great Weekend!

 

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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Last Saturday Of July!

This is the last Saturday of July 😳 WOW! This summer is flying by! LOTS to do in the Garden too!

  •  Deadheading
  • Planting Shrubs & Flowers
  • Side Dressing
  • Fertilizing Lawns
  • De-thatching
  • Mulching
  • Thinning Aquatic Plants
  • Feeding Koi!
  • Planning for the Fall…

Come in today to Cash 💰 In on some great deals at Carters Nursery!

Come by today and grab some supplies! We are open 8-2pm today. We have some great sales and specials going on this last Saturday of July! 😎💥

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

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Saturday Shoppers at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Good Morning! 🌞 A beautiful sunrise always foretells a busy Saturday around the Garden Center… This is the Last Saturday before the 4th of July! And you still haven’t potted plants around the pool! There’s NO hanging baskets on the porch, you haven’t mulched the beds… And the whole family is coming for a cookout and pool party next week 😲

All the annuals, baskets & flats are 1/2 Off! 💥

Fear not! We still have a great selection of annuals and perennials! Potting soil, mulch, fertilizer, etc… Most everything is on Sale too!

We open at 8am., get here quick, before the 4th is behind us… 2019 is flying by😊

 

May the 4th be with you…

 

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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