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Friday Radio Report…

What a Beautiful Spring morning! We are LIVE at Rhodes Diner in Medina, Tn.! Big Steve from Carlock Nissan is buy EVERYONES breakfast until 11am! So get in here!

‘Live’ from Rhodes Family Diner in Medina, Tennessee!

Big Steve from Carlock Nissan is buying breakfast!

Call us with ALl your gardening questions! 731-423-8101.

– LOTS of calls about plants and gardens!

– Stop by the Nursery and get some plants!

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 9-11am Call in with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions at 731-423-8101.
OR you can TEXT us at 731-277-5155. Listen LIVE at 101.5 WNWS – FM Talk Radio – on your smart phone using your TuneIn app.!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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100 Strait Days of Blogging! | Milestones Are Cool :) | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I’ve been blogging for quite  few years now (since 2008), but not every day. I decided January 1st. of this year to commit myself to doing a daily blog. I have a lot to say and share so I decided to put it out there. I also decided that it doesn’t always have to be about the Garden or the Koi Pond, it could be more personal and about things that I experience in my day to day life.

I LOVE to meet and make new friends! 🙂 That’s a lot of what this daily blog is about.

Now that I’ve gotten used to the daily task of writing something, it has led to several things that I am enjoying every week. I do a short video every Monday morning of a Pond or Waterfall that I have designed/built and post it for all to see – the “Monday Morning Moment of Zen”. Then I have been trying to display and talk about Koi on Wednesdays, Koi are a passion of mine. So Wednesdays are for the – “Hump Day Koi Fix”… Friday is a report on the Radio Program that I do with Dan & Sea Bass “The 180 Crew” down at WNWS FM 101.5FM. It’s LOTS of fun and we get a lot of feedback & questions, so Fridays are for – “The Friday Radio Report”. And Sunday being a day of rest (and my only day off) is a day of reflection and time with family. I try to share a inspirational thought, poem or memory. I call it my – “Sunday Reflection”. So, this has left me with Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays to “Freestyle” and have some FUN! 🙂

I LOVE to take pictures and blog about Gardens! Here is my beautiful, blooming Water Garden in Summer. Your welcome to come by and see it during business hours at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I have picked up HUNDREDS of new e-mail Subscribers, received numerous e-mails, messages, made LOTS of Facebook friends, etc., etc. from this blog! THANKS to all who have taken a minute to read or view ANY of these ramblings 🙂 I just crossed the 100 consecutive day line and I don’t see an end in sight! AND, most importantly, I’m having fun! Feel free to comment or even send a request or question. I WILL blog on it! Also feel free to call in LIVE on Fridays and ask a question or just say Hi 🙂

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 10-11am Call in with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions at 731-423-8101.
OR you can TEXT us at 731-277-5155. Listen LIVE at 101.5 WNWS – FM Talk Radio – on your smart phone using your TuneIn app.!

FYI: I am trying to get my blog down to a standard post time every day. I’m shooting for 9am., except on Fridays when it’s a report on the radio show – it will be posted in the afternoon! Stay tuned for more 🙂

Thanks! Have a great day!

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

Water Gardeners Fall Check List
November 23, 2009, 12:15 pm
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I always have a lot of people ask me questions about the fall Water Garden, here are a few tips that will help everyone with their Fall Pond Maintenance.

Plant Debris and Leaves: Remove plant debris and other organic matter from you pond ASAP. Leaves and dead plant matter will settle to the bottom of your pond and will cause poor water clarity and many other water quality issues and can be harmful to your fish! This type of debris is also a breading ground for fungi, bacteria and parasites. If you don’t have a dipping net, get one! This will make your life so much easier.

The use of pond netting during the heavy leaf fall can also help you control this AND checking your skimmer regularly during the fall months will keep your pond in proper working order. This will also make your Spring pond cleaning MUCH easier!

Fish Health: When the water temps reach 60 to 65 degrees, it’s time to switch to Low Temp Fish Food! It’s great for their health and you can feed them for much longer into the Fall and early Winter. Check out our special Carter Country Low Temp Koi Food, it’s made specifically for Koi and decorative pond fish and you can feed them until the water temp is 45 to 50 degrees .
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This is also a great time to start using Carter Country Low Temperature Bacteria in your pond! It’s specially formulated to work in cold water and will help your Pond and Fish stay in great shape.
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Get out there and ENJOY the great Fall weather!

– Mark Carter

Common Pond Myth’s and Misconceptions
January 11, 2009, 10:24 pm
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So many people are wanting a Water Feature of there own now! Backyard Water Gardens are truly HOT!!! BUT, with all new things comes Misinformation or just plain lack of info. So I put together a simple list of common Myth’s or Misconceptions about Water Features that I hope will be helpful! Enjoy….

10 Common Water Feature/Pond Misconceptions Resolved

Myth #1: A water garden costs a lot of money.

Fact: A Professionally installed Water Garden is comparable to the cost of a hot tub. If your a Do-It-Yourself person, kits with everything you need to get started in the hobby start at around $600 and up.

Myth #2: Small water features are less work than big ones.

Fact: As water features get larger, they become easier to maintain. Any aquarium hobbyist knows, it’s much easier to achieve a healthy, stable tank with more water, not less…It’s the same concept with Water Gardens! Small water features rarely have the flow or capacity necessary for long-term stability, and soon need lots of maintenance. And so with Ponds, bigger is Always better.

Myth #3: Maintaining a water garden is a constant headache.

Fact: When properly designed, an ecologically-balanced water garden will let Mother Nature do the heavy lifting. Make sure to Include mechanical and biological filtration, lots of aquatic plants and a balanced fish load. If you do it right, you will enjoy a LOW maintenance water feature that will bring you many hours of enjoyment.

Myth #4: Ponds need daily water testing and chemical treatment.

Fact: Not If the pond isn’t already chemically dependent! When properly designed and Eco-Logically balanced, there’s no need to test!

Myth #5: Water features are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Fact: Mosquitoes breed in still, stagnant water. A properly designed backyard water garden has moving, flowing water, in which mosquitoes don’t like to lay their larvae. As a mater of fact, IF you install a SKIMMER FILTER on your pond, the skimming action will help to destroy any that may attempt it anyway.

Myth #6: To have Koi, water gardens need to be real deep.

Fact: Two feet deep is as good as a mile. Fish, including Koi, Shubunkin and Comets hibernate in ponds just two-feet deep through winters as cold as zone 4 in Minnesota . Here in Tennessee we let our Water Gardens run year round with no need of extra winter care, but in colder areas of the country a small, circulating pump and a pond heater are all you need to keep a “breathing hole” in the ice and oxygenate the water for your fish.

Myth #7: Predators will eat all your Koi and other pond fish.

Fact: Most pond hobbyists will never have to deal with predators. If you are attacked by a pond predator, there are things you can do to protect your fish. An inexpensive, motion-activated water spraying system like a Scarecrow, will deter heron with a timely jet of water. You can also use a Heron or Alligator Decoy. Many say they work well and that they look very attractive by the pond. A pond that’s at least eight-feet wide will deprive varmints like raccoons or cats of dry access to the deepest part of the water garden. Even better, when the pond is being designed, put in a “Fish Cave” for them to hide in when needed.

Myth #8: You should never have algae in your pond

Fact: Green algae, in proper proportion, is beneficial plant life and is a sign that your pond is healthy! Fish eat it and it’s part of the ecology of any living, healthy pond. Too much algae is a sign that your pond is out of balance and needs some help getting it back. If your experiencing uncontrollable algae in your water garden you may need to add some more plants, up your Bacteria and Enzyme treatments or asses your Biological filtration capacity. Once the balance is restored, Clean, Clear Water will return.

Myth #9: I won’t get much return from my investment.

Fact: Not only will you get the daily enjoyment of interacting with family and friends around your new water feature, you will get a monetary bonus to boot… A properly designed Water Feature can increase your property value by as much as 7 to 15 % , more than any other Landscape improvement .

Myth #10: Any Contractor or Landscaper can build a Water Feature.

Fact: False! Building ponds is a relatively new specialty. A good landscaper or construction guy isn’t necessarily knowledgeable in the concept, design, or construction that makes an organic water garden system work. Much of the literature and information on the subject of Low Maintenance Water Features in circulation is outdated and doesn’t even include information on ecosystem water gardening. Make sure that you hire a professionally trained and experienced Water Garden Expert like a Certified Aquascape Contractor ( C.A.C.).

I hope this will help you make an informed decision about creating your own Water Garden! Once you have one of your own, you will wonder how you were ever happy without it…

4th. Annual ‘Aquatic Expo’


Watergardening is one of the fastest growing hobby’s in the country! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn tips and techniques from some of the Top Professional Designers and Water Feature Builders in the field. You will learn the basics of Water Feature Design, Pond Construction and Water Garden Maintenance during this 2 day symposium.

This is a 2 day event:

Day 1 : Saturday, March 28th. 9am. till 5pm. at Carter’s Nursery, Pond& Patio.

This will be a ‘Hands On’ day of Learning. We will Design and Build a functioning Eco-System Pond during the Saturday class! We will also cover Basic Aquatic Plant Design and talk about Pond Health and Fish Care. You can join in and help build the pond OR you can watch and learn from the sidelines. Bring a lawn chair, boots, gloves and expect a Fun filled day of Learning! (Lunch will be provided with ticket).

Day 2 : Sunday, March 29th. 1pm. till 5pm. at Carter’s Nursery, Pond& Patio.

This will be a ‘Hands On’ – Pond Maintenance class! We will cover everything from the basics of Pond and Aquatic Plant care, to performing a Full Pond Clean Out! We will show you how to divide and re-pot your Aquatic Plants. We will discuss Koi Health and Disease prevention, and much, much more….

Two day tickets can be purchased at Carter’s Nursery, Pond& Patio for $10 ea. (Children free with an Adult). Lunch will be provided on Saturday at the Pond Building Class.

Call Carter’s Nursery, Pond& Patio for more information: 731-424-2206 or E-mail –