Carter's Water Garden


Tuesday Puppy Report 🐶

I introduced you all to Bell a couple of weeks ago and I wanted you to see how she grown 😊

Isn’t she the smartest looking little girl! She’s growing like a weed.

You don’t really notice the growth when you see them everyday… But she is progressing in every way. Smart as a whip!

I will send you another update later on.

PS: She’s sneaky 👇🏻

She loves to sneak away, then hide and watch you try to find her. She’s a handful 😊


Have a good night 😴


Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Last night was interesting to say the least.. We have a new puppy in the house 🐶 You forget just how involved it is. They have such incredible energy! Having to take them out to walk, clean up after their accidents, watch where you step and what you leave down… Etc. Then, at bedtime, the whining and barking is non stop for a while. Then there’s the late night walks, more water, more play, more whining… Wow! Energy without bounds.

Bell just loves her rabbit 🐇 and her bone 🦴 and her ball 🏀 and her new home I think 🏡 😊

Then, just when you think it might have been a mistake, that it’s gonna be so much work and effort… she crawls up on you and goes to sleep in your lap… Thats when you realize that Love is a four legged word 🐶❤️ You’ve got a new family member, a new baby… and the whining stops when you let her sleep beside you in the bed 🛌

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

~ Josh Billings

Have a great Sunday 🙏🏻

Mark C.



Does Anyone Love You More Than Your Dog?

All my memories as far back as I can recall, involve a dog. “Mans best friend” didn’t get to be their calling card for no reason! I really believe that Dogs make us better people…

Just look at that face. This is Tracker. She was a great girl.

Yesterday we all got out to do a few things in the snow and ice. Long story short, I twisted my ankle a bit… And Scout is stove up a bit today as well. But, when she saw me in pain, she crawled over to me this morning to let me know that she loved me. Your dog wants to take care of you more than their self… What an admirable trait.

Believe it or not, my dog loves watching the sunset. Maybe it’s because we are watching and paying the setting sun ☀️ attention, but he loves it too ❤️
Let’s play in the snow! ❄️
One of my favorite pictures! My Dad, my 1st dog Heidi & Me wearing my his hat and coat 😊
Always ready to have some fun.

Im gonna try to be more like my dogs from now on. I think if we all did, the world would be a better place😊

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
~ Josh Billings

Have a great Weekend!

Mark Carter



Ice Storm ⛈ Prepper…

It’s the talk of the town! The stores are packed! Good luck finding fresh loaf bread 🍞 and sweet milk… Kerosene is in high demand! And there’s a line at the gas station ⛽️ Will there be an ICE STORM?!

It’s rare for a painting to capture the ‘essence’ of an event. But, I think this one does 😊 Why bread and milk you ask? 2 words – French Toast! 💥

I have lived through a few pretty good ice storms myself! The first was in the early 70’s and it shut the whole town down! Then another around 1985 – pretty bad, but power was back up in a matter of days, so not too bad. Then the big un’ in 1994! Jo and I were newly weds and I remember it well! We laid in the bed and listened to the trees breaking and falling and watched the lights go out… They didn’t come back on for over 3 weeks 😳 But, we had candles, kerosene heaters, a gas cook stove and plenty of Love ❤️ So, it wasn’t that bad 😊 But, I’m sure not hoping for a repeat!
If your a prepper, have a few essentials and be careful trying to get out in the roads until the ice melts. That’s the biggest danger most of us will face – a wreck on icy 🥶 roads…

Take care of your Koi and your other pets during times of unusual cold! Remember- Don’t break the ice on your Pond! And Bring those pets inside when it gets bad! Love your pets ❤️

Don’t break the ice! It will harm your Koi!

They are getting ready to spray salt on the roads now… Y’all be careful 🙏🏻

“The iceman was coming, t’was ice that I smelt Another ice storm, was about to be dealt More ice to be salted And more ice to melt I’m no fan of ice, and that’s how I felt.”

~ Kitty Lou

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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Christmas Gifts for your Pets! Don’t Forget Your KOI! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I Love ALL my pets! Including my Koi! I always get my Pups a special Christmas gift – A chew bone, a sweater, snacks, a new collar, etc… But what about my Koi???

OK, our dogs Love their presents and accessories! But what about my Finned Friends? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Franswa LOVES his scarf… Can’t you tell😊

I’ve been trying to think of a few things for my “Finned Friends”…

How about a scarf or onesie for the Koi?

I’m not sure this will work… But isn’t it cute 😊

A more practical gift would be food and snacks, but they can’t eat till spring…

They can’t eat it now, but “Spring is Coming”! You could stock up to be ready | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

A new “Koi Cave” would be a great Christmas gift idea!

A built in Koi Cave is functional & looks Awesome!

A custom stone Koi Cave or an easy to install Koi Castle is always a good choice! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Koi Castles are available at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio and can be installed most anytime.

The ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GIFT for your Koi (and YOU) would be a Bigger, Better KOI POND complete with a custom Koi Cave & Nightlights! Boom 💥

The Ultimate Christmas gift for your Koi (and YOU) would be a New, Custom Designed Pond with beautiful Waterfalls! Koi and Water Gardens go together like peas and carrots 🎅🏻 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I hope this helps! When I realized I was snubbing my Koi on Christmas, it hit me pretty hard… Never again! I’m getting something special this year for my ‘Finned Friends’ – aka: My Koi!

Merry Christmas! 🎅🏻🎄

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Throwback Thursday Love ❤️

Good morning! It’s #Throwbackthursday! I was looking through old photos of Halloween’s past and found this very special photo of Jacobs first best friend… his dog Tracker. Tracker was always a good sport and went along with any crazy 😜 dress up plan that Jacob and Jo came up with. She especially Loved Halloween 🎃 Probably all the treats and snacks that she got 😊 Dogs 🐶 are truly mans best friend!

Tracker was such a good girl 🐕 She loved dressing up and going out with us 😂 Here she is in one of her Halloween 🎃 costumes. I just love looking back on great memories! #throwbackthursday

Have a Great Throwback Thursday! And Happy Halloween 🎃 👻

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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http://www.cartercountry.com

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Throwback Thursday…

#Throwbackthursday is always fun! Here’s my Throwback memory from 2019. Just a collage of pictures of friends and family from last year for my blog/journal.

2019 was a great year! I did a little “Throwback Collage” of friends and family memories.

Here’s my contribution to the day! Have a great #throwbackthursday !

 

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



THE MOONLIGHT POND TOUR BENEFITS THE JACKSON ANIMAL CARE CENTER & SHINES BY THE LIGHT OF THE FULL HARVEST MOON!

Saturday, September 14th. – Join Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio & The Jackson Animal Care Center for the :

15th. Annual Moonlight Pond Tour

Enjoy a ’Magical Night’ exploring private gardens at this Unique Garden Tour. This is our annual Fall Pond Tour Fundraiser for the Jackson Animal Care Center! The Moonlight Pond Tour always falls on the Saturday night closest to the full Harvest moon & this year we got lucky! The Full Harvest Moon is THE NIGHT of the Tour! Boom 💥  Don’t miss this unique garden tour experience.

Tickets are $20 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Jackson Animal Care Center.

Carters Nursery is “Pond Central” for the Tour and is stop #1. We invite you to come by the Nursery anytime throughout the evening to sit a spell, visit & have a drink & a snack. Enjoy the fire pit, listen to some music and explore the BEAUTIFUL Gardens & Water Features beneath the Full Harvest Moon.

See breathtaking night lighting effects on the Moonlight Pond Tour with Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

This Water Garden Tour was founded and is hosted each year by Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio of Jackson, TN (Madison County), and benefits the Jackson Animal Care Group.

The Moonlight Pond Tour takes place each Fall and coincides with the Full Moon (the Harvest Moon). The Moonlight Pond Tour showcases Water Gardens, Pondless Waterfalls, Disappearing Fountains, Koi Ponds & more, all under a Gorgeous ‘Moonlit sky’ & is enhanced by AWESOME Landscape Lighting | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

“People LOVE this event” says Mark Carter, Owner/Landscape Designer at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio. “This Tour is unique. Many people have never been on a Garden Tour, much less a Pond Tour, PLUS, this tour is at NIGHT! Once you see the Lighting effects and the Waterfalls shimmering & glowing and the brightly colored fish gliding through the Underwater Lights, you are blown away. This is a great night out with the family and/or a Wonderful Date Night” says Carter.

Now in its 15th year, The Moonlight Pond Tour features favorite Ponds from years past along with some awesome new Water Features to enjoy. This is a self guided tour and is easy to follow, so relax and have some FUN.

– The Jackson Animal Care Center receives 100% of the money from the tickets we sell for the tour! We Love and Support our Local Animal Care Center and we support their Mission in our Community. AND, we truly appreciate YOUR support! Without the community behind this, it won’t work. So please come out and help us make this a Success. It’s a Win-Win – Enjoy a GREAT night out while helping a worthy cause.”

What: The 15th. Annual Moonlight Pond Tour
When: Saturday, September 14th. from dusk (7:30) till 11pm.
Where: Beautiful North Jackson, Tn. in Madison County.
Why: It’s Fun, Affordable and it’s for a GREAT CAUSE! A truly Unique & Beautiful Garden Tour!
Tickets: $20 for the Pond Tour (no charge for kids age 12 and under)

Moonlight Pond Tour Tickets are ON SALE NOW at Carter’s Nursery! Call Jo or Sandra for more info at 731-424-2206

Mark Carter
Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, TN 38305
731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com



Help Support The Jackson Animal Care Center & Enjoy A Day Touring Gardens With Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Saturday, June 22nd. is the Date! Come out & get some tickets to support our local Jackson Animal Care Center! 100% of ALL tickets sales and donations go directly to them! It’s a perfect Win-Win! Help support local animals AND go on a cool Garden/Pond Tour! PLUS – An after party later that night for all the contributors at Carters Nursery- “The Moonlight Luau”! LIVE Music & Kalua Pork, all set in a beautiful garden…

Saturday, June 22nd is the Day! Pond Tour tickets are $20 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Jackson Animal Care Center! | Get your tickets NOW at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tennessee

Check out our video below.

 

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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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Winter Temps Are Coming! Be ready 😊 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It happens every year – That first freeze comes in, and Its so easy to be caught off guard. I’m sending this little reminder to hopefully, help you finish getting ready 😊

To Do –

  •  Get in/put up tender plants.
  • Winterize garden hoses.
  • Winterize Sprinkler Systems.
  • Cut back aquatic plants.
  • Install Leaf Net on Pond!
  • Get your pets household in order! They depend on us to take care of them & keep them warm 😊

    We’re gonna be cold for the next couple weeks. Don’t forget – If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them.

Pond Owners Survival Kit –

  •  Have a dry hose available “just in case”! And an adapter for your sink faucet if you really want to be prepared for a BAD cold spell!
  • Have a 5 gallon bucket set aside just for your pond. That bucket can really come in handy if you just need a little water or need a trash pail to clean up some leaves damming up the stream or waterfall!

FAQ #1 – What do I do if my Pond freezes?

ICE SAFETY: #1 NEVER, NEVER, NEVER break the ice by banging on it! It can cause your fish to go into shock! To allow the escape of gas & exchange oxagen, keep a hole open in front of the skimmer or on the ponds surface if you don’t have a skimmer. This is IMPORTANT!!! It will keep the gases from building up under the ice and suffocating your fish. This will also allow the pump to get water if surface is frozen. You can also keep a hole open by use of a floating De-Icer or by adding warm water from a water hose, bucket or pan of water. (If you use your water hose be sure to drain it when finished-to keep it from freezing and bursting, or keep it in your garage)

If you turn your pond off in a bad freeze, use a floating heater/de-icer to maintain a hole in the ice to exchange gases/oxygen for your fish’s health and well being. You can purchase a floating pond heater at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.

Also, there is nothing like –

  •  WINTER BEAUTY: Leaving your waterfall running all season in our part of the country is not a bad thing. As matter of fact, it will give you some beautiful photo ops. During the fall & winter birds love to come to your pond to drink fresh water, and in winter months, the running water will make some breath taking natural ice formations/sculptures. So keep your camera handy. And get some close ups. BUT – be sure to watch out for ice dams! These can cause your pond to lose some excessive amounts of water. If this happens add water back in to your pond with that dry hose we talked about earlier to bring your water levels back up.

    Birds come all day long to get a drink and even bathe. Try setting up some feeders in your viewing area and watch them flock to the WATER!

 

LOW TEMP. WATER TREATMENTS & LOW TEMP BACTERIA treatments should be used until the water temp. reaches 32 degrees. This will keep the bacteria active in your pond and promote healthier water for your fish during a longer period of time. In Spring, as water temps return to 40 degrees you may start the bacteria again. However this will not mean you no-longer need to clean your pond in the Spring because you will still have fish waste and plant debris in your pond that needs to be removed.

Come by Carters Nursery Pond & Patio and get your cold temp. pond products, like – cool temp. bacteria, cool temp. fish food, pond thermometers, floating pond heaters, seasonal decoys, dipping nets and more!

I really hope this helps you to get ready! I have learned to enjoy every season with my Water Features and my best advice to you is : Be Ready! Winter is Coming!

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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