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What Happens To My Koi If They Outlive Me? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

A great client that has become a good friend recently asked me to help him pick out a few Koi for his new Water Garden. I helped him Design his Pond and Waterfalls last year and we built it in the Fall. Long story short – He LOVES it! He’s spent every spare, dry, bearable moment messing around out there this Winter and can’t wait until Spring when he can really set up housekeeping for the Spring/Summer/Fall season! 🙂 Now. it’s time to get some fish for his new Pond and he’s excited! We looked at quite a few Koi, & We asked each other all kinds of questions as you might imagine, the one he asked me that really touched me was “What happens to my Koi if they outlive me”?…

A domestic Koi, in average conditions can live upwards of 30 years…

He read one of my blogs, in where I mentioned the “Famous Japanese Koi”, ‘Hanako’ that lived to be over 225 years old! He realized they can be long living pets and just wanted to hear what might happen to them. 😊 Pretty neat to think about that. In Japan Koi are prized and in some cases passed down, even willed to family upon the owners death. It’s an honor.

I have been in business long enough that I have actually dealt with  this situation more than once. Most of the time the Koi stay with the Pond & the spouse and/or family carries on. But I have seen people move the fish to other Ponds, and even sell or give the fish to other people with Ponds of their own. I myself have taken many Koi in and fostered them until they could be placed in a new home.

Then I reminded him, Koi means Love! And Love will always find a way! 😊 I told told him – “Enjoy your Pond, & enjoy your Koi! They will bring you many years of Interest & enjoyment”. Words to live by…

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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Notes on Koi Health | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Spring is here! The Aquatic Plants are flushing out as the water warms up & our finned friends are hungry! Feeding your Koi quality food is a key to good health.

The water temperature is above 55 degrees now in most places – ie; Time to start feeding our Koi! Do it right! Confirm YOUR water temp. & start them with Low Temperature Fish Food for the first couple of weeks.  Work in some fresh veggies to help get their digestive system off to a good start.

I like to start in Spring with a cool temp food with some fruits and veggies thrown in too – oranges, grapefruit, lettuce, spinach, sweet peas, softened Carrots, etc.. As the water warms up, slowly transition to a quality Koi food for growth (high protein). Then I alternate every two weeks or so from Growth to Color Enhancing Koi food & I feed veggies & fruit as special snacks. In Summer they LOVE watermelon 😊

Do your Koi like watermelon? Cut a melon in round pieces and enjoy the heart for yourself 🙂 Then float a couple of pieces in the pond, the fish will eat from below. As they learn to LOVE it, transition to feeding by hand.

This is a top quality Koi Food that comes in Cool Temp, Growth Formula & Color Enhancing pellets. Quality Koi Food is ALWAYS in stock at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Another important thing to do for the health of your Pond Fish is to start the season with a CLEAN Pond!

  • Trim Plants
  • Clean and dispose of leafs & debris.
  • Clean and service all filters.
  • Inspect your Pond Pump, Check Valve & connections.
  • Do water changes &/or a complete clean-out asap.
  • Start dosing beneficial bacteria to build up you’re freshly cleaned bio-filter.

    Capture & place the fish in tanks and then thoroughly clean debris, straiten up rocks & gravel and wash the pond down before refilling. And don’t forget to dose the new water with Pond detox.

    Doing these few basic things will keep your Water Garden clean and your Koi HEALTHY, and it will set you up for a great season. It’s time!

Happy Pondering!

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

 



Carters Nursery, Pond & Patios 20th. Annual Spring Fest.

CARTERS NURSERY POND & PATIO 20th. ANNUAL SPRING FEST. 2018

Bring the family and come help us usher in Spring!

Jackson, Tn. – Come join us at Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio for our 20th. Annual Spring Fest. & Customer Appreciation Day! We will have lots of fun, food and informative things to take part in!

Bring the kids and let them pet the animals at the ‘Petting Zoo’ & they can even ride the Pony 🙂

Kids LOVE the Petting Zoo & Pony Rides! Come help us celebrate 20 years of Spring Fest.! This event is FREE!

For the Adults – We will have several opportunities for you to learn all about Water Gardening and Aquatic Plants. You can get all the information you will need to Design, Build and Maintain a Beautiful Water Feature of your own. We will also have a Maintenance Workshop to teach attendees how to clean and maintain a Water Garden

We have maintenance classes & a great Q&A for attendees! Everyone loves to learn more about their Water Features. Even the kids have fun.

Get here early to take part in the class. We are going to perform a full cleanout and build a waterfall. Classes will start around 9am. and will go all the way through till 2pm. We will perform a ‘Hands on’ cleanout of a pond on site & we will rework & rebuild a waterfall! You can actually see all the work being done, learn and ask questions right there on the spot! We will also have a discussion on Water Garden Design and “How To” Implement one in YOUR Landscape!
We will cover the basics of Aquatic Plants and discuss how you can introduce more Aquatic Plants in your Waterscape AND your Landscape.

Mark will be cooking lunch at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio’s ‘Outdoor Kitchen’! “I’m firing up the Saffire Grill & The big AOG Grill too. Y’all come on out and have a great time with us on this 20th. Year Anniversary of Spring Fest.  

I’m fixing Hot Dogs and Smoked Sausage with ALL the fixings! We will also be firing up the Saffire Grill to cook some special things. We will have chips and cookies and more! This is my favorite part of the event because I get to grill & cook – & I am gonna cook up some good food for everyone that comes!

 

What: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patios 20th. Annual Spring Festival & Aquatic Workshop

Where: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio – 2846 Old Medina Rd. in Jackson, Tn.

When: Saturday, April 21st. from 9am till 2pm.

WHY should I come? It’s going to be a FUN filled day for the whole family! AND it’s FREE! Petting Zoo & Pony Rides for the kids! BIG Specials for the Spring Season and “How To” Classes taught by the best in the Biz.!

For more information give us a call : # 731-424-2206 or http://www.cartercountry.com/ Y’all Come!

~ Mark Carter



Stream & Waterfall Design & Restoration
August 25, 2015, 7:19 pm
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Jackson, Tn. 38305
This is a going to be fun for everyone –
New people in the hobby will LOVE this class! Ideas & insights are GOLD!

AND if you’ve had a Pond for a while and want to add something, or update it a little… Like adding a stream or new waterfall, this is for you!

AND if you have a Pond that has never been quite… right – It needs filtrations help or more plants or SOMETHING – BAM!

We will go over how to Design, prepare & build an ALL Natural, “Low Maintenance” Water Garden of your own! How to place and create a natural looking waterfall and stream will be a major topic of conversation!

AND – How to turn an older Water feature/Pond into a brand new, “facelifted” feature or a troubled green water pond into a crystal clear pond of your dreams!

Learn more about building a waterfall with the pro's at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio. Jackson, Tn.

Learn more about building a waterfall with the pro’s at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio. Jackson, Tn.

– We will discuss proper pond filtration.
– We will discuss the use of aquatic plants in your ‘Aquascape’.
– We will discuss Landscape Design ideas that can really create dramatic change.
– We will re-design & re-build a Waterfall on one of our Ponds on site at the nursery during this class!

After the class Mark is going to fire up the grill & cook up some good stuff for lunch for all that come! This is our last ‘Summer Seminar’ for the season… So come on out and join us!

We are going to cook lunch on our AOG Grill and our Saffire Grill at Carters Nursery - Jackson, Tn.

We are going to cook lunch on our AOG Grill and our Saffire Grill at Carters Nursery – Jackson, Tn.

WHAT – Stream & Waterfall Design & Renovation
WHEN – Saturday, September 12th. 9am – 11pm.
WHERE – Carters Nursery Pond & Patio . 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305
Please call to register for this event. Call Jo or Sandra at 731-424-2206 or e-mail at cartercountry@charter.net. This event is FREE!

~ Thanks & I hope to see you here!

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



Water Garden Renovation 101
August 12, 2014, 3:39 pm
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Water Gardening Renovation 101

This is a going to be fun for everyone – BUT especially for people who –
– Had a Pond for a while and want to add something, or update it a little… Add a stream or new waterfall.
– OR, have a Pond that has never been quite… right – It needs filtrations help or more plants or SOMETHING!

Learn "How To" freshen up/redesign  your Water Garden at our Workshop.

Learn “How To” freshen up/redesign your Water Garden at our Workshop.

We call many of our renovation jobs (re-do of an existing feature) “Facelifts”

We will go over how to not only Design, prepare & build an ALL Natural, “Low Maintenance” Water Garden of your own – But more importantly – How to turn an older Water feature/Pond into a brand new, “facelifted” feature or a troubled green water pond into a crystal clear pond of your dreams!

There is MAGIC in water!

There is MAGIC in water!

– We will discuss proper pond filtration.

– We will discuss the use of aquatic plants in your ‘Aquascape’.

– We will discuss Landscape Design ideas that can really create dramatic change.

– We will re-design & re-build a Waterfall on one of our Ponds on site at the nursery during this class!

After the class Mark is going to fire up the grill & cook up some good stuff for lunch for all that come! This is our last ‘Summer Seminar’ for the season… So come on out and join us!

I'm gonna fire up the AOG grill & the Saffire grill too! Y'all come...

I’m gonna fire up the AOG grill & the Saffire grill too! Y’all come…

WHAT – Water Gardening Renovation 101
WHEN – Saturday, September 13th. 9am – 11pm.
WHERE – Carters Nursery Pond & Patio . 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305

Please call to register for this event. Call Jo or Sandra at 731-424-2206 or e-mail at cartercountry@charter.net. This event is FREE!

~ Thanks & I hope to see you here!

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