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Pond Tip Tuesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Good morning fellow “Pond People”! We have been enjoying a very unusual Spring season! Now the temps are rising and Summer is almost here! With it, as usual, comes a HUGE growth of Aquatic Plants – I LOVE it! BUT, beware! 

Aquatic Plants are a BIG part of a Water Garden. Stay ahead of any possible problems by keeping plants trimmed and in check.

Pond Tip : Stay ahead of any possible plant clogs and stream or waterfall dams by trimming and pruning your aquatic plant growth! It will keep your pond looking great and you will see increased bloom and performance as well! ALSO – Check and empty your skimmer weekly! 💥

Its as simple as that folks! I clip dead or dying lilies once per week (and fertilize monthly during the season)! I also thin marginals as needed – Usually once or twice per season will do the trick! And vola’! NO clogs, or plant dams all season long! 😉

Here’s to a GREAT Summer season around the Ponds! 

PS: We offer weekly pond maintenance services. Call for details and a cost for your pond – 731-424-2206. 


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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What if my Pond Pump goes out? What do I do? | Pond Maintenance Tips | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Having a Waterfall right outside your back door is a magical thing indeed! 😊 Ahhh, the soothing sights & sounds… BUT, when it quits running, it’s NEVER at an opportune moment! No indeed! Your either out of town, or it’s scorching HOT 🥵 and your fish are gasping for air, or it’s winter and your pond freezes solid… Your Pond Pump Never goes out at an opportune moment!

Your Waterfall serves many purposes. It’s the central focal point of the Feature, but it also aerates the pond and circulates the water, VERY important for your aquatic life. If your Pond Pump is out, ALL of this stops… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN


Your Pump is the heart of your Pond! When it stops running, it’s important to have a backup plan! Many people keep a small pump that can be placed in shallow water to “flash the surface” , this will help to keep oxygen in the water while you get a replacement Pond Pump to power your Waterfall.

Pond Pumps come in different shapes and sizes! It’s a great idea to have a backup pump in case of an outage! It could save your sanity and you’re Koi’s life. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee


Many of my clients also have an aeration system in their Pond. This helps to oxygenate the water and it’s unlikely that the pump and the aeration system will fail at the same time. I recommend powering them on separate circuits in case of GFCI interruptions.

Having an Aeration System on your Pond is a great way to maintain oxygen levels for your finned friends. Plug your system into a different outlet & circuit than your pump for even more assurance. We have systems for Ponds large and small at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.

– Many of my clients take care of their own pumps and maintenance, which is Great! But even more simply call me to take care of their needs. I have a complete maintenance service available to help you and your Pond. Simply call 731-424-2206 for assistance. We stock most pumps and aeration systems and will get you fixed up in a jiffy!

I hope this little bit of info on pumps and ponds was helpful! Like the old man says, “Knowing is half the battle”! 

Happy Pondering! 🤔



Mark Carter
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2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Spring Newsletter | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Our Spring Newsletter, “The Aquagardener” has been being published now for 25 years! Please excuse the jumbled layout in places, this is from a quick copy/paste… A quickie for the Blog. If your not already on our email list, send me your email request and I will put you on our mail out. You will receive it quarterly. Thanks

AQUAGARDENER  SPRING 2020 EDITION
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARCH 8TH
 
Daylight Savings Time 
So set your clocks FORWARD tonight.
 
The winter does not go without 
looking backward.
-Finnish proverb
 
 

  

 

 
Carter’s Nursery’s 

Spring Festival & Customer Appreciation Day! 

MARCH 21st 


 

We are hosting something for the whole family! We will hold Educational Workshops about pond & fish care for hobbyists and hard core pond lovers. Also we will have a Petting Zoo for the kids + GREAT FOOD for all! Come out and help us kick off SPRING!
 
This is a FREE event!

 

 

 

 

The Petting Zoo  GRILLIN OUT 1


 

GRILLIN OUT 2   POND CLEAN OUT
 

  

 

 

 
  
“The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings.”
 
     ~ Joyce Kilmer
 
      GET YOUR SEEDS NOW!!!
 
       WHY HEIRLOOM SEEDS?
 
Remember those tomatoes your Grandparents grew, or the ones that the farmer down the road used to sell at his roadside stand?
  
 
With the advent of hybrid seeds, the older open-pollinated varieties are getting harder to find. While the hybrids have many advantages (disease resistance, greater productivity, more uniform fruit, etc.) they just can’t match the heirlooms for taste, and isn’t that why you grow your own vegetables? With a little extra care and planning, the heirloom varieties can do just as well as the hybrids in your backyard garden.
 
This year, why not try some of the simple old fashioned varieties in your garden? We think you will be pleasantly surprised! Don’t forget to plant a few herbs, as well. They’ll complement your fresh produce nicely on the dinner table.
 
After tasting your own freshly picked herbs, you’ll readily agree to their superior taste! Once you try them, you’ll always insist on growing your own!!  
 
SEED SAVERS SEED IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE AT CARTER’S NURSERY. CALL FOR INFO ON VARIETIES OR STOP BY AND CHECK EM OUT! IF WE DON’T HAVE THE VARIETY YOUR LOOKING FOR WE CAN ORDER THEM FOR YOU!
 
 
Daffodil Days
“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
 
   ~ William Wordsworth, Daffodils
   
IMPORTANT MARCH DATES & GREAT TIPS 
FOR ALL THE GARDENERS OUT THERE
 
 
MARCH 8TH: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
 

   MARCH 9TH: 
Full Worm Moon:March’s Full Moon goes by “Worm Moon” because earthworm castings appear on top of the thawing ground, heralding the return of the Robins. Northern Tribes knew it as the Full Crow Moon; to the settlers; it was the Lenten Moon or the Full Sap Moon.
 
GARDENING TIP FOR THE FULL MOON : 
Use coffee grounds as mulch around acid-loving 
plants such as azaleas & blueberries
 
 
 
FULL WORM MOON 2020
 
 
MARCH 15TH : IDES OF MARCH-
            
 
Finish up the last of the 
Winter Squash from the root cellar 
by adding a cup of mashed, cooked 
squash and finely diced onion to 
corn bread batter. Yum ! ! !
 
 
 
MARCH 17TH : ST. PATRICK’S DAY – 

Put white carnations in warm water 
For a fun St. Patty’s Day decoration, 
with a few drops of green food color.
 
 
MARCH 19TH: – SPRING BEGINS TODAY !!! – 
In the spring,
at the end of the day,
you should smell like dirt.
-Margaret Atwood, Canadian Writer (b.1939)
 
 
MARCH 24TH : NEW MOON – 
The word “TARRAGON”
tarkhun, or “dragon”, due to the 
originates from the Arabic word 
serpentine appearance of the plant’s roots.
 
 
 
 
 
TIMELY ADVICE
Peas are a time-honored crop, great for early planting because of their love of cool weather and resistance to frost. But how early is early? Folklore may hold the answer. For a hearty growing season, tradition tells us that peas should be planted on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day.
( THAT’S WHEN MY GRAND PARENTS  ALWAYS PLANTED THEIRS). “To double up on good luck,”  also sow during the waxing Moon. Suspicious of sparrows? Hold a couple of pea seeds in your mouth while you plant without speaking- the birds will leave your crop alone. I thought my grandparents just liked peas so much; that they enjoyed sucking on them while they planted them. 🙂

 
RIPPLES MOONLIGHT
 
 
Greetings from the garden… 
 
Spring is upon us! Daylight Savings time goes into effect THIS WEEKEND! The water temp is right to start feeding our Koi! And the whole world is coming ALIVE! I just LOVE this time of the year! 
 
We are about to kick off the season with our Annual Spring Fest & Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, March 21st! YOU are invited to come out and enjoy the day with us 🙂 Pond Maintenance class, plant sales, a petting zoo for the kids, grilled food & beautiful gardens… I cant’ wait! Y’all Come!
       
 
~ Mark Carter
 
 
Koi, th Jewels of the Pond 
 
 
 
It’s Pond Clean-Out Season Again!  
 
 
Koi, th Jewels of the Pond
 
 Carter’s Nursery offers seasonal Pond Cleaning service for our customers. We will perform a full clean out of your Pond, Water Garden and/or Pondless Waterfall or Fountain. If you would like to get on  the Pond Service Schedule please call the office at  731-424-2206 and speak to Jo or Sandra to schedule it. Time is running out to schedule before it gets HOT, so call us right away to get on the schedule.  
 
 

Don’t Let Algae Cramp Your Style!
Electronic Solution to String Algae
Beat string algae with an IonGen!

 
The IonGen™ System G2 Electronic Algae Controller allows you to spend your time relaxing next to your water feature instead of trying to maintain it!

 Drastically reduces pond Mainteneance caused by algae
  • Helps reduce unsightly string algae
  • Can be installed on existing Aquascape System
  • Compatible with water containing fish and plants
  • Energy efficient (less than $1.00 per month in electricity)
  • Unit weight: 3.3 lbs.
  • MSRP $450.00
Call to get your IonGen today!
(Installation services available) GET YOUR ION-GEN INSTALLED DURING YOUR POND CLEAN OUT AND YOU WILL SAVE MONEY ON INSTALLATION SERVICE.

 
“It was a weekly chore trying to remove the algae that grew on the rocks in our stream and waterfall. We installed an IonGen™ System and the algae simply went away and it hasn’t come back since.” – IonGen™ System User
 
 
ION GEN BEFORE & AFTER

 
                
 

 
 
 
 
“SPRING IS NATURE’S WAY OF SAYING, “LET’S PARTY!”
           – Robin Williams
 
 
WOULD YOU LIKE
 “A FACE LIFT “
FOR YOUR POND? 
 
Think of what women have gone through for years to look beautiful and fresh.
We’ve used all kinds of contraptions. From creams to actual contraptions!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contraptions are not needed to update your pond and make it look beautiful and fresh again. It just needs a little TLC. Some of our customers have had their ponds for 15-20 years. They want something newer or just different. It doesn’t take much to give it a “New” look either. We can add some bigger rocks or change out plants, widen a stream, or deepen a stream. Did you know we can even add another waterfall without having to rip anything out! If you have been thinking you wish your pond had a newer look then give us a call at the office to schedule a face lift appointment. 731-424-2206
 
HELPFUL TIP : IF YOU HAVE YOUR FACE LIFT DONE DURING A POND CLEAN OUT, IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY TO DO THEM AT THE SAME TIME.
 
 
“Each leaf,
each blade of grass
Vies for attention.
Even weeds
carry tiny blossoms
to astonish us.”

– Marianne Poloskey

 

For you DIY-ers out there, we also sell any supplies pond owners will need; to do their clean-outs their selves. Below you will find a Pond Clean-out Check List to help you along. If you’re not sure what size filters you need, we can help you. Just come by or call! Also like us on Facebook & follow Mark’s page for great details and tips.



‘SPRING’ POND CLEAN-OUT CHECK LIST  

 

 

1. Fish Net – Before you drain your pond for the spring clean-out, you’ll need to catch and relocate your fish into a holding tank with a bubbler. Preferably in the shade. Buying a good quality fish net will help you do this without injuring your fish during the catch and release.

2. Planting Pots – Spring clean-out is a great time to thin and divide plants that have grown out of bounds or crowded a pot. Make sure you have some aquatic plant pots handy so you can re-pot and share your new plants with other water gardeners or expand them to other areas of your pond.

3.Extra Gravel – After the freeze and thaw of winter, you’ll inevitably find rocks and gravel that have shifted, exposing bare liner. With an extra bag or two of gravel, you can cover exposed liner in a jiffy.

4. Lily Tabs – Take advantage of the water-free accessibility of water lilies, lotus, and other plants that may need to be fertilized, by having a container of lily tabs on hand when you’re doing your pond clean-out.

5. Container for Plant Debris – Grab an old plastic plant pot or bucket so you can easily dispose of any debris that you gather from the pond bottom or from dead plant matter.

6. Rubber Gloves and Boots – Spring clean-outs can be cold, wet, and messy. Arming yourself with boots and gloves will go a long way toward making this chore much less unpleasant.

7. Fish Container and Bubbler Pump – A large tub will be needed so you can have a roomy place to keep your fish during the clean-out. A Bubbler Pump will help keep oxygen levels up for your fish and reduce stress.

8. Net to Cover the Fish Container – Fish, especially large Koi, jump, and they may very well jump right out of the container that you have set up for them. Be sure to cover it with a net that is pulled tight across the container to prevent them from jumping.

9. Pump and Discharge Pipe – To drain the water out of the pond, you will need a pump and some discharge pipe. It’s OK to use your pond pump, but even better if you have an extra pump to lessen the wear and tare on your pond pump. About 2,000 GPH, depending on the size of your pond, will do the trick.

10. High Pressure Nozzle – Use a pressure nozzle on your garden hose to dislodge debris and algae from the rocks.

11. De-Toxifier – you should always use De-Toxifier to Filter and Purify the water going into the newly filled pond before you put the fish back in.

12. Expanding Foam – Expanding foam may need a bit of a touch up in some areas. Be prepared with a can of it just in case.

13. New Filter Mats – Filter mats should be replaced approximately every 3 years. If you think it might be time, be prepared by purchasing replacements prior to your clean-out.

14. Pruners – Part of a spring clean-out is pruning back dead plant material from the previous season. Make sure you have a good pair of pruners or scissors to get the job done.

15. Plastic Rake – You can rake the leaves right out of your pond with a small plastic (child’s) rake. The plastic lessens the chance of damaging the liner and the small size makes it easier to maneuver in tight spots better than an adult size rake.

 

16. Beneficial Bacteria – Always follow up your pond clean-out with Beneficial Bacteria.

 

 

Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio 2020 EVENTS Calendar


 MARCH 21st – Carter’s Nursery Spring Festival & Customer Appreciation Day! Something for the whole family! Workshops & classes, a Petting Zoo for the kids + GREAT FOOD for all! Come out and help us kick off SPRING! (Saturday 9am till 2pm) This is a FREE event!


 

MARCH 27TH & 28TH (Friday & Saturday)- The Spring Fling with the Memphis Master Gardeners located in the Red Barn at the Agri-Center in Memphis.

Come by to see our beautiful water features and talk to the areas best “Water Feature Experts”; the Carter’s Nursery crew!


 

April 4th (Saturday) We will be setting up at the Tipton County Master Gardeners Annual Lawn & Garden Expo. in Brighton, TN Come by and see our display, and of course visit with our water gardening experts!


 

April 12th (Sunday) – EASTER


 
April 22ND – EARTH DAY

 

April 24th – ARBOR DAY

 

May 10th – Mother’s Day! DON’T miss this one!

 

Pond Tours in 2020


 
We host 2 Pond Tours a year. A Summer Pond Tour (June 27th), & a Fall ‘Moonlight’ Pond Tour (October 3rd). Both are fund raisers for our local. Unique Water Gardens, Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains will be showcased on the Pond Tours.

 

 

Evenings By The Pond!


  Come out and enjoy a laid back evening by the pond. We always enjoy some good food, visit/meet friends & we try to always have an educational program on Water Gardens, Aquatic Plants, Fish OR some cool subject for all that come. These little get together’s are held through the warm season and are in different people’s homes & backyards. If you would like to come & enjoy the evening please let us know and you will be put on the e-mail invitation list. Call Jo at 731-424-2206.  – The 1st “Evening by the Pond” of the 2020 season will be hosted by Mark Carter & family at the Nursery Home on Thursday, May 21st at 6:30 pm. Address – 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305.

 


 

June 21st- Father’s Day! Let’s remember Dad!

 

June 27th– The 22nd Annual Summer POP Tour – Our ‘Summer’ Pond Tour (Always the Saturday after Father’s Day) is A FUN and Beautiful Day! This is a Self -Guided Tour and a Fundraiser. Tickets are $20 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). Carters Nursery is “Pond Central” for the Pond Tour and we invite you to come by throughout the day to sit a spell, have a drink & something to eat and look at the BEAUTIFUL Gardens and Water Features.

 

~ This is also the night of the “Moonlight Luau!” Live music! + We cook a whole hog in the ground “Kalua Style” and have a party beneath the stars! This is a DON’T MISS event! More info to come!

July 4th (Thursday) – Independence Day! 


 

 

SUMMER SEMINARS (We do 3 every Summer!



 July 18th (Saturday) 9 am – 2 pm – “Get Your Feet Wet with Water Gardening”.  This will kick off our Summer Seminar Series.


 

August & September classes to be Announced.

 

October 3rd – 16th annual Moonlight Pond Tour. This is our Annual Night Time Pond Tour! The tour always falls on a Saturday Night closest to the Full Moon!! Don’t miss this Unique Garden Tour Experience! Tickets are $20 each (kids under 12 are FREE!). Carters Nursery is “Pond Central” for the Pond Tour and we invite you to come by throughout the evening  to sit a spell, have a drink & something to eat. Enjoy the Fire Pit and look at the BEAUTIFUL Garden and Water Feature Lighting. The nighttime garden is a magical world. The Moonlight Pond Tour is AWESOME!

 

 

October 17th – Fall Festival/Customer Appreciation Day- Come take part in our Workshops & Classes! FREE LUNCH for ALL that come! Petting Zoo & Pumpkin Carving Classes for the kids! BIG SALES for the Fall Season for all that come!

 

Thanks, and I hope to see you all here! Call me with any questions at #731-424-2206. Here’s to a GREAT 2020!


 

You can see this info & more at our Blog –

 

~ Mark Carter

 

 
 
 

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Help us ‘Ring in Spring’ on the 21st! Check it out | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

3 weeks from today is the 1st day of Spring! Come join us Saturday morning, the 21st of March and helps us celebrate the season!

Come join us for a day of family fun & learning! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

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What: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patios 22nd. Annual Spring Festival & Aquatic Workshop

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

When: Saturday, March 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! Bring the kids to the Petting Zoo! 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
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Water Garden & Pond Maintenance Tips For Fall & Winter | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

What do I need to do to my Pond in the Fall & Winter?

I get this question a LOT at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio this time of the season. So I publish this checklist every Fall and I hope it helps you.

PLANTS AND DEBRIS:
It’s time to cut back your Aquatic Plants! Remove all the plant debris and organic matter and compost or dispose. Excess organic matter can contribute to increased algae growth. A large amount of leaves collected in the bottom of your pond will decompose and produce tannins. This can be harmful to your fish and reduce water clarity. Leaves and falling debris can also collect in the stream & waterfalls and cause a plant dam. So keep those clear – AND It is very important to keep your skimmer net cleaned out regularly. If you have a lot of tress and don’t net your pond – you may need to check your skimmer DAILY.

Pond netting can be purchased at Carter’s Nursery & can make Fall chores less problematic and will make it easier on you during the winter. This will help make Spring Clean-Outs easier and faster too. – Also a dipper net is a handy tool to have by your pond.

What do I need to do to my Pond in the Fall & Winter? I get this question a LOT at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio this time of the year!

What do I need to do to my Pond in the Fall & Winter? I get this question a LOT at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio this time of the year!

HEALTHY FISH: When water temperatures reach 55 degrees stop feeding your fish or start using Low Temp fish food. (Available at Carter’s Nursery) At these temperatures, their metabolism slows down and eating normal food can make them sick or even cause death. You should always end their feeding cycle with Medicated or Low Temp Fish Food. Medicated and “regular” Fish Food should be finished by the time water temps reach 55 degrees. For an extended feeding time Low Temp can be fed as low as 45 degrees (check bag or ask a sales associate about feeding temps.)

Keep your Koi happy and healthy over the Fall & Winter.

Keep your Koi happy and healthy over the Fall & Winter with Cool Temp Koi Food.

COOL 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.

Cool Temperature Water Treatments will really help your Water Quality AND they will help keep your fish healthy!

Cool Temperature Water Treatments will really help your Water Quality AND they will help keep your fish healthy!

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO ADD TO THIS LIST FOR WINTER:

WINTER BEAUTY: Leaving your waterfall running all season is Perfect here in West Tn.! 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 & bathe and in winter months the running water will make some breath taking natural ice formations – So keep your camera handy. * In freezing weather 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 a hose or bucket 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!

ICE SAFETY: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER break the ice by banging on it. It can cause your fish to go into shock! To allow the escape of poisonous gasses, keep a hole open in the ice. This is IMPORTANT!!! It will keep the gases from building up under the ice and suffocating your fish. Keep the 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.

I hope this helps a bit �� Have a Great Fall season!

Thanks,

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
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Today Is The Day! Come Enjoy Our Fall Fest/Customer Appreciation Day | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio Presents –

Our 21st. Annual Fall Fest & Water Garden Workshop is TODAY From – 9am. till 2pm.!

“This is our way of saying THANK YOU to all of our customers and friends in the community”, says Mark Carter of Carters Nursery.

We love Fall around here 🙂 Come out and join us at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio for The Fall Fest & Water Garden Workshop & bring the family!

Today’s Schedule-

9am.- The Maintenance Workshop starts. We will cover things you need to know like seasonal feeding, cutting back aquatic plants, netting & more.

10am. – The Pumpkin Carving & Petting Zoo get started.

11:30am. – Lunch! We are firing up the grills and cooking lunch for everyone, so bring your appetite!

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 at our annual Fall Fest.! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

 

Bring your kids and grandchildren to pet the bunny’s, chickens, geese, horses, lama’s and more at the petting zoo! | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Jo will lead her annual ‘Hands On’ Pumpkin carving class (many people tell me this is their favorite part). Jo is a very accomplished “Pumpkin Carving artist” and will lead a hands on ‘How-to’ class!* AND we will have a “Best of Show” Pumpkin Contest! This will be fun and we will give awards for the Top 3 Pumpkins! (Call to sign up for this event please).

* The pumpkin carving class is $5.00 per person (carving tools provided ). Kids MUST be supervised by a parent to take part in this class. Please call to pre-register for this class as supplies will be limited. For more info call Jo or Sandra at the Nursery 731-424-2206 or e-mail at cartercountry@charter

AND – there are some Great sales & specials during this event, so don’t miss out on the chance for savings!

THIS IS A FREE EVENT!

WHAT: The 21st. Annual Fall Workshop and Festival
WHEN: TODAY! 9 am. to 2 pm.
WHERE: Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305

Don’t miss :
– A Pumpkin carving class & CONTEST!*
– Treats for the kids
– A sale on water gardening products!
– A Sale on Fish and Aquatic Plants!
– Water Gardening experts on hand to answer all of your questions.
– A Petting Zoo for the kids! This is an AWESOME petting Zoo folks, so bring the kids out and Enjoy!
– Lunch from 11:30am.- 1pm.

* The pumpkin carving class is $5.00 per person (carving tools provided) Kids MUST be supervised by a parent to take part in this class. For more info call Jo or Sandra at the Nursery 731-424-2206 or e-mail at cartercountrysince1989@gmail.com

 

Y’all Come!

 

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… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Good Morning! Friday is always a great day, especially when your spending it with the 180 Crew – Dan & Sea Bass! We are coming at you LIVE from Carlock Nissan. We are taking all your calls & Big Steve is making DEALS! The # is 73–423-8101 OR text us at 731-277-5155.

Call in from 9-11am to talk Gardening & Outdoor Living! 731-423-8101! WNWS – 101.5 FM | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Big Steve and the Nissan Crew are making some unbeatable deals! Come down today and see for yourself!

Come by and take a test drive, you might just win $1,000.00!

Fall is HERE! Get out this weekend and enjoy 😊

Fall Fest is Coming! Check it out 👇🏻

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend! get out and enjoy 😊

Don’t forget, today is fishy Friday! #tgiff!

For the entire month of September, every Friday is a “Fishy Friday”! That means all of the fish you purchase are at a 20% discount! TGIFF! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Have a great weekend!

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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Summer Pond Maintenance | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

My pond has been exceptionally beautiful this season! LOTS of lily blooms, the lotus have been showing out & there is so much lush foliage.

My Water Garden plants have been so beautiful this year! But to keep them looking great they need a little TLC | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

One of the #1 things to do right now is keep your lilies & lotus fed (fertilized) to keep them performing into late summer and fall. It’s very simple to do! Come by and grab a container of Aquatic Plant Fertilizer Tabs. One of us will show you how to poke em’ down into the root zone of the plant – Done!

AND #2 is to keep your aquatic plant growth in check! All this Hot weather has them growing like weeds 😊

  •  selectively trim marginal aquatics to keep in check and to promote strong compact growth.
  • remove yellowed unattractive Lilly pads & spent blooms to Promote new growth and bloom.
  • Keep Waterfalls & streams free and clear of excessive plant growth and debris! A plant dam will cause a leak every time!

Koi Love to be hand fed! If yours aren’t eating from your hand yet, try feeding at the same time daily and have patience, it takes a little while to win them over, but once you do, it will be worth the effort 😊 Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

– Enjoy your Koi! Feed them quality Koi food, but don’t over feed! Over feeding can cause water quality issues…

 

A little touch up now will pay dividends for the rest of the season! Get out there and enjoy 😉

 

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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Koi Fix – Pond Cleaning Season Isn’t Far Away | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It won’t be too much longer till it’s time to start our yearly pond maintenance crews to cleaning Ponds & Water Gardens again. And people are already calling in to get their name on our maintenance list! Its always exciting to get ready for another great season with our Water Gardens and a proper Late Winter/Spring cleaning is the key to success!

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

After the Water Feature is thoroughly cleaned, re-filled and detoxed, carefully place the fish back in the pond & start adding fresh Cold Temperature Bacteria to the Pond to get the system up and running correctly.

We have all the supplies you need to clean-up and touch up your Water Feature in stock | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Using natural Water Treatments will really help keep your Pond in tip top shape! Carters Nursery stock a complete line of Water Treatment for Water Gardens, Koi Ponds & Ponds & Lakes.

For the all the DIY’s out there, here’s a little checklist to help you be ready. My experience has taught me that projects of any type benefit from advanced planning. Having all the necessary supplies on hand before you get started always makes it go faster and easier.

HELPFUL TIP: it’s good planning to get your Aquatic Plant fertilizer tabs now, BEFORE draining your pond and then realizing you should have got them when you bought your low temp bacteria and dechlorinator. This keeps you from running to the store in the middle of your clean-out (which can mean a whole day of work instead of a half day) and it allows you to fertilize your plants while the pond is drained instead of later when the pond is full again.

Planning ahead a little just means you can spend less time working on your pond and more time ENJOYING it!

1. Fish Nets – Before you drain your pond for the spring clean-out, you’ll need to catch and relocate your fish. Purchasing a good quality net means doing this without injuring your fish during the catch and release.

2. Planting Pots – Spring clean-out is a great time to thin and divide plants that have grown out of bounds or crowded a pot. Make sure you have some aquatic plant pots & aquatic plant soil handy so you can re-pot and share your new plants with other water gardeners.

3. Extra Gravel – After the freeze and thaw of winter, you’ll inevitably find rocks and gravel that have shifted, exposing bare liner. With an extra bag or two of gravel, you can cover exposed liner in a jiffy.

4. Aquatic Plant Fertilizer – Take advantage of the water-free accessibility of water lilies, lotus, and other plants that may need to be fertilized, by having a container of aquatic plant fertilizer tabs on hand when you’re doing your pond clean-out.

5. Container for Plant Debris – Grab an old plastic plant pot or bucket so you can easily dispose of any debris that you gather from the pond bottom or from dead plant matter.

6. Rubber Gloves and Boots – Spring clean-outs can be cold, wet, and messy. Arming yourself with boots and gloves will go a long way toward making this chore much less unpleasant.

7. Fish Container – A large tub or tank will be needed so you can have a roomy place to keep your fish during the clean-out. Use water from the pond to fill the tank and use a small fountain pump to re-circulate the water.

8. Net to Cover the Fish Container – Fish, especially large Koi, jump, and they may very well jump right out of the container that you have set up for them. Be sure to cover it with a net that is pulled tight across the container to prevent them from jumping.

9. Pump and Discharge Pipe – To drain the water out of the pond, you will need a pump and some discharge pipe. It’s OK to use your pond pump, but even better if you have an extra pump to lessen the wear and tare on your pond pump. About 2,000 GPH, depending on the size of your pond, will do the trick.

10. High Pressure Nozzle – Use a pressure nozzle on your garden hose to dislodge debris and algae from the rocks.

11. Pond Detox – Always detox the newly filled pond before you put the fish back in.

12. Expanding Foam – Expanding foam may need a bit of a touch up in some areas. Be prepared with a can of it just in case.

13. New Filter Mats – Filter mats should be replaced approximately every 3 years. If you think it might be time, be prepared by purchasing replacements prior to your clean-out.

14. Pruners – Part of a spring clean-out is pruning back dead plant material from the previous season. Make sure you have a good pair of pruners and/or scissors to get the job done.

15. Plastic Rake – You can rake the leaves right out of your pond with a small plastic (child’s) rake. The plastic lessens the chance of damaging the liner and the small size makes it easier to maneuver in tight spots than an adult size rake.

With a little work you will be ready for a Great outdoor season.

It won’t be long now! Spring is Coming!

The days are getting longer & we are moving in the direction of… wait for it… SPRING!!! Have your Pond ready!

Happy Pondering!

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



Friday Radio Report…

Great show with the 180’ Crew on this Thanksgiving holiday! The studio was full! – Lori Nunnery, LoLo, Downtown Ricky Brown, Dan, Sea Bass & myself!! Full House!

The talk was all over the place and Fun! I can’t even list all the categories…

  •  Food! Of course 😊
  • Being Thankful!
  • Pets
  • Weather
  • Family
  • Christmas
  • Gardening
  • Seasonal Koi Pond’s
  • When to stop feeding your Koi
  • Composting all these leaves
  • Traffic!
  • Shopping on Holidays
  • The worst whipping you ever got as a kid 😩

A great music event fundraiser coming up on Dec  14th. That benefits RIFA – Come down and help LoLo and friends raise some $$- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-our-jackson-home-holiday-show-hosted-by-lolo-tickets-52037222734

We are still building waterfalls as long as the weather holds. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Fun show! Enjoy this long holiday weekend with family and friends !

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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