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Staycations
stay·ca·tion • /ˌstāˈkāSHn/ • noun  INFORMAL
noun: staycation; plural noun: staycations; noun: stay-cation; plural noun: stay-cations
– A vacation spent in ones home rather than abroad.
 
A “Stay at home Vacation”? Sound familiar? 
Well, you can’t go to Disney World right now, or out to eat or even to a movie! So, the way you look at it is ALL up to you… Lockdown or time off. Shelter at home, or a “Staycation”!  

If you could take the family to Disney for the week, do you know what the average cost would be? Depending on how much discounting and coupons and deals you work out, expect to spend as much as $10,000.00! You keep the memories and the pictures of course. 

– That my friends is another reason more and more people are Staycationing! They are putting in Water Gardens, swimming pools, patios, grilling stations, fire pits 🔥and creating Outdoor Living Space right in the comfort of their own backyard! And why not!? You can access and enjoy these areas day and night! They add to your daily enjoyment AND to your property value! 

My personal Outdoor Living Area at night. The Pond is the centerpiece, surrounded by gardens both edible and ornamental with sitting and lounging areas, a Grilling station and a nice fire pit. I’m down for a “Staycation”! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

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I am doing remote designs during this critical period of social distancing. We can discuss ideas on the phone or through email. You can send me pictures of your backyard areas and I can develop ideas and work up sketch’s that you can ‘Ponder’ 😊 For the future. Hopefully the not to distant future 😎 

Thanks for reading and watching! Stay safe! And enjoy your Staycation.

 

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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Waterfall Wednesday | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

This is an Awesome Waterfall!! I normally post videos of Waterfalls that we designed & built, but this week I wanted to share this one. This Pond is located at the headquarters of my distributor of Pond Filters & Supplies in Chicagoland, Illinois. This Waterfall even has a cave/grotto behind it!

Here’s a view from inside the grotto looking out. Pretty cool huh kids 😊

Now check out the video of this gorgeous Waterfall!

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This is my offering for #waterfallwednesday

Have a GREAT day!

 

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



Two For Tuesday | #moonlightpondtour | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

This year has been flying by, it’s time to slow it down… The Moonlight Pond Tour is this Saturday night! Break the rut and get out and experience something completely Unique – A tour of beautiful gardens and waterfalls under the light of the Moon! PLUS – 100% of the money goes to the Jackson Animal Care & Adoption Center! Thats a Win-Win! A great night out for you and supporting a worthy cause at the same time! Two for One! BAM!

Saturday, September 22nd is the night of the Moonlight Tour. Moonlight Pond Tour tickets are $20 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Jackson Animal Care Center!

“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 14th 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 Adoption 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 14th. Annual Moonlight Pond Tour

When: Saturday, September 22nd. from dusk (7:00) 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
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, TN 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

 



Friday Radio Report | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Great show today! Thanks to all the folks who called in and texted!

It’s Hot and getting HOTTER! 109 degree HF today! So stay cool! We had a varied list of callers and questions today… Here’s a basic summary from today’s show –

  • How to control algae in my pond? The #1 thing we can do for our Water Gardens is to strike a ‘Balance’! Biological filtration, aquatic plants, proper fish stocking rates, etc. Take a few pictures of your pond and either send them to me via e-mail OR come by the nursery and we will help you.
  • What kind of fertilizer should I use on my Asiatic Jasmine? I love Milorganite. Osmocote works well too.
  • Some of my fish have been going in the skimmer. What can I do? GREAT question! Sometimes you have to “Train Them not to”! You may have to take the weir off the skimmer face plate for a while so they can easily get out? This time of year they like the current the skimmer makes so they are attracted to it. Plus it’s HOT! So it has a cooling effect. Keep an eye out and it will all work out.
  • Can I trim wild shoots off my Crepe Myrtles? Yes, it won’t hurt a thing.
  • Watermelons are in season! They make a great snack to feed to your Koi! They LOVE it! 🙂
  • Is kelp good for you? I think so, but I’m no expert. I do know it’s a good source of calcium and iodine.

ALSO – Tomorrow, Saturday the 21st. – We are having a 1 Day Flash sale on ALL Aquatic Plants at the nursery! Buy 1 get 1 FREE! Even the Lotus and lilies are on this sale! Don’t miss it!

ALL of our Aquatic Plants are on sale today! Buy 1 Get One FREE! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tn. 38305 | 731-424-2206 | http://www.cartercountry.com

Thanks again & I will see you all again on the air next week!

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.!

Thanks to ALL! Stay cool! and…

~ Happy Pondering!

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



Before & After | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tn.

Well, the Waterfall re-build last Saturday went well. We had over 20 interested participants who braved the 108 degree Sun to come out to learn more about “How To” build a Waterfall. We talked design principals & styles. we also talked about SOUND! We compared the sound of several different waterfalls around the place and tried to weave this rebuild into something special…

Before and after of the Waterfall we rebuilt at the Waterfall class Saturday. We had lots of fun! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Here’s a short video of the Waterfalls after the rebuild. You can hear the difference too.

 

Happy Pondering!

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



Friday Radio Report – The HEAT is on! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Really cool show today! We had a special guest in the studio today – Author – Robert Broughton with his book about The State Line Mob/Buford Pusser era – “Louise Hathcock – Queen of the State Line Mob”.

I met Robert several years ago in this very studio when Bill Way was interviewing him about another of his books ‘Sheriff Buford Pusser: Headlines and Pictorial History’. Really interesting writer & GREAT local history in his books! Robert is having a Book Signing at the Buford Pusser Home & Museum tomorrow. Stop by & Check it out – https://bufordpussermuseum.com/

We also talked a LOT about gardening! And of course the heat!

– It’s Hot! 100-106 heat factors! & Getting very dry! Water!!! Don’t wait folks! Drought stress is bad on your plans & trees!

– Planting is still going strong – Shrubs, trees, etc. Just remember, mulch & water properly.
– All annuals at the Nursery are 50% off! Flats, Pots, baskets, etc etc…

– Early voting starts Today! Go vote!

Today is Friday the 13th. To some, a scary day… Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13!

And fear of Friday the 13th specifically is similarly called – paraskevidekatriaphobia! So there’s that … 😳

Tomorrow is our event – Waterfalls! Get your feet wet! At Carters Nursery from 9am till 11am appproximately. Come join us 😊 https://www.facebook.com/events/2098385680232692/

Thanks to all the callers and text’ers 😊

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.!

Have a GREAT Weekend!

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



1 Week From Today – Waterfalls! Get Your Feet Wet! (Video) | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Our first Summer Seminar of the season will focus on Waterfalls! – Waterfalls on Ponds, Water Gardens & Pondless Waterfalls! Crashing Falls! Cascading Falls… Waterfalls that splash and Waterfalls that flow…

A beautiful Waterfall in your backyard changes everything 😊 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We will tour the Water Features of Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio and talk Waterfall Design & Placement. We will show you how you can “Tune” your waterfalls to make a pleasing sound and how you can accentuate different sounds in your Streams and Waterfalls. AND – we will Re-design and Re-build a Waterfall during the class! This is going to be FUN! Y’all Come!

WHAT: Waterfalls! Get your feet WET! A Summer Seminar by Carters Nursery.
WHEN: Saturday, July 14th. from 9am. till 11am.
WHERE: Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305

The class is FREE. Please call ahead and register for this class. For more info Call – Jo or Sandra at 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