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

Waterfall Wednesday is here again. Here is a Waterfall from a recent project. This new Pond needed a powerful biological filter to handle a decent sized fish load, ie; LOTS of Koi… So we specified a customized Bog, aka: Constructed Wetland Filter! Large boulders, cobblestone, washed river gravel & booku  Aquatic Plants!! 
It turned out Beautiful! 👇🏻

This beautiful Waterfall flows from an Awesome natural filter, known as a Constructed Wetland Filter. It doesn’t really look like a filter per se’, it looks natural! Biomimicry at its best! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It’s gonna be a Beautiful Day! Get out and enjoy! 

Have a great, #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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Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good morning! It’s Waterfall Wednesday 😊 

A LOT of my inspiration comes from Nature! I have learned so much from observing natural waterfalls and streams!

I was thinking a lot about why I Love ❤️ waterfalls so much. And also where I get my inspiration to design and build them. It really comes from a love of nature. Streams and creeks and natural waterfalls are always the most beautiful! My goal is to replicate them. To design and build a Water Feature in your backyard that looks, sounds and feels like a natural, organic Waterfall… That’s our goal! 
Today is #waterfallwednesday, I couldn’t narrow down just one image that felt complete today, so here are several 😊 Click on this link and check em out 👇🏻

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Have 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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A Fun & Safe Way To Share & Inspire | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

There’s so much negativity out there right now… It’s hard to find a good story or an inspiring picture… That’s why many of us have been posting certain pictures on our Facebook pages. 

Heres How YOU Can Play! 

Copy/paste the text below & a picture as per directions. I’ve been doing it every day! 👇🏻

“Join the challenge of posting a picture of some landscape from a place where you’ve been, where the main requirement is that you NOT appear in it. Just a picture, no description. The goal is to flood profiles with landscape photos to give a twist on the situation we’re going through.
Copy the text to your status, post a photo and let’s travel virtually!!”

I have a LOT of pictures from beautiful places that I will be posting daily! Like this one 👇🏻

I took this one in a kayak on Birdsong Creek. I am going to post one every morning on my Facebook page! Check it out 👇🏻 https://www.facebook.com/mark.carter.775

This is something we can all do. Spread some Beauty during this time of crisis! 

I hope you will enjoy the pictures I post 😊

Y’all stay safe & God Bless! 🙏🏻

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
 
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Monday Morning Moment Of Zen

To me, there’s not a better way to start the day than the perfect Sunrise. And when its over a calm Gulf, and there’s not another soul in sight… Priceless! Perfect Zen…

I hope you enjoyed watching the sunrise with me, if only for a brief moment. 🌅

Have a Great week!

 

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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Best Trees For Fall Color | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

This came up yesterday on the radio – So here ya go…

“We’ve been talking a lot about fall color around the nursery, on the radio and on this blog. Have you been getting out to see it and experience it… I hope you have been and are still doing just that! 😊 Here’s the color map –

https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/

I have had SO MANY questions the last couple of weeks about my favorite trees to plant for Fall color and what I would recommend to plant in people’s Landscapes. So here is a short list of some of my favorite trees that do well here in West Tennessee.“

Mark’s Top Ten Trees for Fall Color –

  •  Red Maple – Acer rubrum 

    One of our best trees for Fall Color.

  • Sugar Maple –  Acer saccharum 

    Wonderful Color + the BEST Syrup ever😜

  • Balled Cypress – Taxodium distichum 

    Such a unique tree! Bald Cypress are very underutilized for their seasonal interest. They are such a beautiful tree. Interesting fact : The Bald Cypress is a deciduous conifer.

  • Dogwoods – Cornus florida 

    Everyone thinks of spring with the Dogwood tree blossoms, BUT – They are beautiful in the fall with their red tinged leaves and shiny red seeds.

  • Sassafrass – Sassafras albidum 

    One of my favorite trees for several reasons! But the biggie is the breathtaking Fall Color! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

  • Ginko – Ginkgo biloba 

    A “Living Fossil” – This unique tree ‘WOW’S’ in  the Fall!

  • Crepe Myrtle –  Lagerstroemia 

    Not only does this ornamental tree bring outstanding Spring & Summer interest, they also bring eye popping color every Fall!

  • Black Gum –  Nyssa sylvatica 

    The Black Gum or Tupelo Gum tree is one of my favorite natives!

  • White Oak – Quercus alba 

    Big native shade tree with striking, deep crimson/red Fall color.

  • Sourwood – Oxydendrum arboreum 

    A very unique native tree, really shows out in the Fall!

    Mark Carter
    Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Sunday Reflections…

The color is really changing in the landscape now. The Maples and Dogwoods are at peak. I try to keep my eye on the changing colors every Fall. It’s such a beautiful time of the year 🍁 But, blink and you’ll miss something. You just gotta get out there to enjoy it 😊

Fall color is here today, gone tomorrow… Get out and see it now 😊

”In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.”

~ Rose G. Kingsley

Have a Happy Day!

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…

Beautiful sunrise this morning! I Love watching the Sunrise! I was thinking this morning how simple & available it is, but few take advantage of the beauty & power of a Sunrise. To me it’s a simple blessing that comes everyday to enjoy… The older I get the more I crave it 😊

“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.”

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

Have a great Sunday!

 

Mark C.



Being Prepared For ICE! A Koi Pond Video Replay | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Almost every year we get a good cold snap. January is usually the month when it happens too. Guess what, next week, it’s on!

Sustained freezing temps = ICE. Ice makes beautiful formations around the waterfalls, But there’s more to know.

Momday night the temperature will drop down in the teens, we will get some snow and ice, and the temps will stay below Freezing (32 degrees) for 5-6 days… ❄️ Those of us with Koi ponds can either stay ahead and be ready, OR we can wait till it happens and say “what can I do & why did this happen”… My advice – Be prepared!

– To be ready it’s as simple as this – keep a water hose ready for use! A water hose that’s DRY, ie: no water in it so it won’t be frozen! WHY you ask? Because you may have to add some water to your Pond when the ice takes up enough water in the system as the following video will show you. Keep 2 things ready at all times in the Winter months – a dry hose & a 5 gallon bucket. If you do that, you will be good 😊 Watch this short video for more info –

Be ready! And 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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Monday Morning Moment of Zen …

What a beautiful morning! The tide is going out leaving these shallow tidal pools, warm & full of life… small crabs, minnows & lots of sea shells are left behind. Not to mention the Herons…

This Heron makes a living stealing bait 😊

 

The sound and sight of the Gulf is my offering for today’s Moment of Zen.

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Fall Foliage is at PEAK! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Ok folks, this is the weekend you have been waiting for! The temps are perfect, the sun is shining & the Foliage is at Peak color! BUT, it will be gone in no time… Get out this weekend and see some of this natural beauty! You deserve it 😊❤️

The Fall Color is looking gorgeous, get out and enjoy the beauty today | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Dogwoods give you a Two-fer! Spring and Fall color!

Fall color is here today, gone tomorrow… Get out and see it now 😊

It’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL Weekend! Get out there and see it 😊

PS: Let me know what your favorite Fall tree is 😊

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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