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Hump Day Koi Fix | Koi Myths Made Right | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Here’s a very relevant ‘repost’ from 1 year ago. There’s so much bad info out there about Koi Pond and Water Gardens, we need to dispel and Correct it! Happy Hump Day!

“It’s Wednesday, aka “Hump Day” and as usual the subject is Koi 😊 We were discussing erroneous information & myths about Koi keeping that are out there, so I thought why not make a blog post about it… Here’s a quick “Top 5”…

#1 – You Can’t Be A Koi Keeper & A Water Gardener.

Not true! You can raise healthy koi In your beautiful water garden! The koi can grow up to be just as beautiful and healthy as they are in traditional koi ponds. Proper design is key! You will LOVE how they compliment each other 😊 I have installed Hundreds of beautiful Water Gardens with healthy happy Koi.

Koi and Water Gardens go together like peas and carrots 😊 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

#2 – Predators Will Eat All Your Fish.

Again, Proper Design is key! Raccoons generally won’t swim. That’s not to say they never swim, or couldn’t stand on the side of your pond and take a paw swipe or two at your fish… Fortunately, most fish will swim to a deeper, more protected part of the pond when a predator is threatening them. The one predator with legitimate credentials is the blue heron. Plenty of lily pads give them some protection and will work to minimize attracting a heron in the first place. Other protection measures include a motion activated water sprayer called a “Scarecrow” or even better a “Koi-cave” structure that can be built in during the pond’s construction. IF you already have a pond, they can be added with minimum remodeling during a clean out service.

A Blue Heron is a major Predator of our Koi and pond fish! BUT, we can stop them from harming our ‘finned friends’! Tools like a “Scarecrow”, or a fish cave really help! In the Fall a leaf net helps with more than 1 task 😊

#3 – Your Pond Must Be (3) Three Feet Deep to Keep Koi. 

There are literally tens of thousands of two-foot deep ponds all around this country, full of happy and healthy koi. The water in a two-foot deep pond will generally only freeze eight inches down in the coldest of climates, because of the insulating qualities of the earth that surrounds the pond – Here in West Tennessee usually not at all. Another Plus – a properly designed 2’ deep pond is easy to get in and out of 😉

#4 – Koi Can’t Be Kept With Plants.

In a naturally balanced ecosystem, koi and plants complement and need one another. In nature, fish feed on plants. As a result, the fish produce waste, which is broken down by aerobic bacteria on the bottom of your pond, which, in turn, is used as fertilizer by the plants to grow and produce more natural fish food. One tip I have learned from experience- start with small Koi, they will grow up with the plants and won’t bother them at all – like in nature.

This is one of my Display Water Gardens at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio – The Aquatic Plants & Koi have been doing great here for almost 30 years!

#5 – If You Forget To Feed Your Koi They Will All Die. 

Totally False! In a properly designed & stocked pond, the ecological balance will amaze you! Crystal clear water, thriving aquatic plants & a healthy eco-system are your reward! We all Love to feed our babies, but if you miss a few days they will get busy doing some “pond keeping” of their own! 😊 They will ‘Thrive’, not simply survive! The key is  to “Stay in Balance”!

Happy Pondering! & Merry Christmas 🎄 🎅🏻

 

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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Social Networking Tuesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

A little while back I did a Blog on Social Networking. It was a very popular Blog… And why not! So many more people are joining the digital age! Even Grandparents are HUGE on Facebook & Pinterest & Instagram! In fact I had an “Ecstatic” client come in the other day who saw their pond on Instagram and was blown away!😘 Their reaction to seeing their Beautiful Water Feature along side of the most beautiful creations you have ever seen was Awesome!

So many ways to share and spread the word now! Please Follow, Like & Share my Blog posts. Thanks in advance 😊I 

We try to stay relevant in the digital age! That’s why I try to keep a presence up on several Social Networks – If you haven’t already, please Like & Share our Facebook pg. – https://www.facebook.com/Carters-Nursery-Pond-Patio-207074459184/

Even better check out my website links to ALL my Social Media Links – http://www.cartercountry.com

There is a link area with all our ‘Alphabet Soup’ links – Word Press Blog. Pinterest. Instagram. Facebook. Plus all the info on our site itself!

It’s all there to show you what’s available & to help with ideas and understanding! It really helps to be able to see what a company can do, BEFORE you hire them😊

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Social Media! It has really changed the game & raised the bar.

Have a great evening! See ya’ on Facebook 😉

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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Have You Flipped’ Through My Magazine? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I do the “Social Media” and website chores for my business, Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Word Press, Website, etc.. AND I also have a cool digital magazine that I “flip’ things of interest into, It’s called Flipboard and it’s pretty cool.

My Flipboard is all about Outdoor Living, Gardening, Food & Fun! YOU can do it too! Start a digital magazine of your own 🙂

https://flipboard.com/@markcarter775/outdoor-lifestyles-msvbuimgy

 

I enjoy sharing things of interest with others & Flipboard is one way I do it.

Have a GREAT Tuesday!

 

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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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
http://www.cartercountry.com
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Spring Newsletter | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Click on the link below for our 2019 Newsletter.

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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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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
http://www.cartercountry.com



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 .
Click Here – http://shop.cartercountry.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=68&products_id=1112&osCsid=10f44d5e0a76ba84ac8296c9cccde54c

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