Carter's Water Garden


The Zen of Spring Frost

If you are like many Gardeners and live by the ”Last Frost Date” given in the Almanac or in your local paper, you may be very disappointed this morning… I’m getting ready to go out and uncover the hundreds of plants that I have under blankets, sheets and in a big cold frame greenhouse.

Late frost caught many off guard last night.

Why does it ’sneak up’ on us so often?

With me its all about staying in tune with the particular season. Spring here in West TN fluctuates from sweaty 80’s weather to 60 mile an hour winds with frost and snow ❄️ BUT, that relationship you form with the seasons and the changes is where the Zen lies…
But, its tough to wait! As soon as the forsythia and the daffodil 🌼 blooms I’m already setting up my planters and pots 🪴 And, I try to be ready for people coming in to my Nursery early, which means we spend a month or more moving plants in and out of the greenhouse… 😊

All these things we do, hoping to solve the ‘Riddle of Spring’! 😊

Finding balance and Zen within ourselves is found within our own Gardens…

PS: The good news is, I think we are past Frost now for real!

“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”

~ Henry Van Dyke


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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Pond Tip Tuesday | Koi Pond Tips | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Spring is in full swing! We are approaching our last frost date and the whole world is greening up, I LOVE it! ❤️ So do my Koi! They have been tearing up the Cool Season Koi Food and the veggies I have been feeding them. In fact, many of my customers and fellow Koi enthusiasts have been feeding their Koi Cool Season Food & have started asking me the all important question…

– When can I start feeding regular Koi Food and Color Enhancing Koi Food?

– My Answer- Remember the rule of 60!

When the water temperature has stabilized above 60 degrees Fahrenheit you can switch to a Higher Protein or a Color Enhancing Koi Food. We like to call it the ‘Rule Of 60’… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We have covered The Rule of 50 in previous Blogs, when coming out of Winter into Spring, you must let the water temp stabilize for at least a week at 50+ degrees Fahrenheit before you start to feed your koi, AND, when you do start back to feeding, you should use a quality, Cool Season Koi Food! And don’t over feed! Gradually reintroduce food to them in small amounts.

Oh yea! Spring has arrived and the water is steadily warming. Time to feed your Pond Fish!

Now, at least for me (check your thermometer) it’s time to make the transition to a regular Koi Food. In fact, I will start to feed both high protein and color enhancing feed, alternating weekly between the two.

Every Pond should have a floating Pond thermometer. Our finned friends are cold blooded & water temperature is very important when it comes to seasonal feeding times. Pick one up at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

So, lets wrap it up… check your water temp & when your above 60 degrees for several days in a row and climbing, you can transition to warm season Koi Food. That’s the “Rule of 60”…

Viva La’ Spring!

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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Here’s Your Friday Radio Report | 9 – 11 AM | Everybody Talks | WNWS 101.5 FM | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I am walking into the studios of WNWS 101.5 FM, in downtown Jackson to go LIVE from 9-11 am with the “Hardest Working Hosts in Show Business” – Seabass and Chuck Walker! Join us NOW on “Everybody Talks”!

I’m on today 9-11am Call in and lets have some FUN! 731-423-8101

Spring is upon us! So we will be talking Outdoor Living, Koi Ponds, Gardening, trimming, mulching, landscaping, AND, Just about anything else that YOU want to talk about! Ask a question, send in a picture, share a story (but please, NO politics!) It’s Friday! Call in and join us – 731-423-8101 

For 20 years Ive been involved with this Friday Talk Show and it just keeps getting better! The phone # is still the same – 731-423-8101

Tomorrow we will be hosting our annual Spring Waterfall Workshop and Customer Appreciation Day! We will have a Pond Maintenance Workshop where we will clean a Koi Pond, divide and pot up aquatic plants & more. We will discuss Pond and Waterfall Design and we will have a full supply of Water Treatments and products for the Spring and Summer season!

Local Artist Matt Brown is setting up a Gallery within the Nursery and Gardens at Carters Nursery Tomorrow.

Local artist Matt Brown will be setting up an Art Gallery within the gardens at The Nursery. Come enjoy and support local Art. 

 AND, we will be bringing in Pizzas for Lunch along with Snacks & refreshments for all that attend. Come out and help us kick off SPRING! (Saturday March 19th. From 9amtill 2pm.) This is a FREE event.

Did you know you can text? Texting us is so easy! 731-277-5155…


You can listen, and you can call in and talk, the # is the same that it has been for over 20 years – 731-423-8101. But, did you know you can text your comments and questions? 731-277-5155

Carters Nursery is open to serve you today until 4pm. Drop by and say Hi

Spring is upon us! 

We have Everything for your Pond and Water Garden at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio. From Seasonal Food and Water Treatments to Filters and Supplies, we have you covered! 

Its pond cleaning season! You can get all your supplies at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. 

I always look forward to Fridays on the radio! Its always so much fun! Give us a call 731-423-8101.

TGIF! See ya’ on the air…

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 | Live Talk Radio | WNWS 101.5FM | Everybody Talks | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I am walking into the studios of WNWS 101.5 FM, in downtown Jackson to go LIVE from 9-11 am with the “Hardest Working Hosts in Show Business” – Seabass and Chuck Walker! Join us NOW on “Everybody Talks”!

I’m on today 9-11am Call in and lets have some FUN! 731-423-8101

Spring is upon us! So we will be talking Outdoor Living, Koi Ponds, Gardening, trimming, mulching, landscaping, AND, Just about anything else that YOU want to talk about! Ask a question, send in a picture, share a story (but please, NO politics!) It’s Friday! Call in and join us – 731-423-8101 

For 20 years Ive been involved with this Friday Talk Show and it just keeps getting better! The phone # is still the same – 731-423-8101

You can listen, and you can call in and talk, the # is the same that it has been for over 20 years – 731-423-8101. But, did you know you can text your comments and questions? 731-277-5155

Please Text us at 731-277-5155 It’s so easy!

Carters Nursery is open to serve you today until 4pm. Drop by and say Hi

Spring is Coming! 

We have Everything for your Pond and Water Garden at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio. From Seasonal Food and Water Treatments to Filters and Supplies, we have you covered! 

Its pond cleaning season! You can get all your supplies at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. 


In only 2 weeks we will hosting our annual Spring Workshop and Customer Appreciation Day! Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 19th.

I always look forward to Fridays on the radio! Its always so much fun! Give us a call 731-423-8101.

TGIF! See ya’ on the air…

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 | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Here we are in a whole New Year! 2022 is looking up 🙄! Its “full on winter time” out there and some might wonder what there is to celebrate or feature in the garden…? Well, your Waterfalls for a start! 💥 Your Waterfalls are always beautiful regardless of the season! I can always find beauty and inspiration in my Pond and in my Waterfalls❤️ Here are a few Winter shots to warm your heart!

Do these speak to you? Do they inspire you to put your coat on and walk outside? To feed the birds? To dream about the coming Spring? They sure do for me 😊

Enjoy the Winter, and know that Spring follows Winter and will be here soon to bring you a completely different look and feeling ❤️

Have a Great #Waterfallwednesday!


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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Yep, The Time Is Here… A Final Reminder | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We have topped the peak of Fall Color and are flying down the slope over the hill… Leaves are comjng down now in earnest. I know I know, Ive said it before and Im not trying to be a bother, but a Leaf Net sure would save you a LOT of work!

You can use risers and bows fashioned from PVC pipe to make a frame for your Pond Netting that will stand up to the elements. Easy to erect and easy to tear down too. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Keeping the leaves and other fall debris out of your Pond is a good thing! Leaf debris is unsightly, it also quickly starts to decompose releasing many compounds that are bad for your fish. In turn algae is fed by the decomposing leaf matter and oxygen is depleted. ALL of these things combined can be catastrophic for the health of your finned friends, in heavy leaf fall areas, it can even kill them.

ALSO – in the Fall and Winter most of the aquatic plants are asleep, leaving very little cover for your Koi… Pond Predators, like Blue Herons strike most often in the Fall and Winter… BUT, Blue Herons can’t get your treasured Koi through the Pond Netting! So that’s another big plus for having a Pond Net!

A Blue Heron is major Predator of our Koi and pond fish! BUT, we can stop them from harming our ‘finned friends’! Simple Tools like a Fall leaf net can help with more than 1 task 

Pond Tip Tuesday is all about helping YOU with your Pond Maintenance. Once you get a handle on it, you will enjoy your Pond and Waterfalls so much more!

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

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Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Fall is in full splendor 🍂 We have peaked in our Fall color and soon the wind will sweep it all away 🌬 I wanted to share my little view of Autumn Beauty with you this morning. The colorful foliage with the crashing Waterfalls provides the perfect place of Zen on a crisp Monday morning…

Get out today and take a walk or a ride around the neighborhood and enjoy the Fall color while its still here… It will be gone in the blink of an eye 👁

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

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LIVE Radio Friday! | Call In Show – WNWS 101.5 FM | Everybody Talks 🎤 | 731-423-8101 | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I am walking into the studios of WNWS 101.5 FM, in downtown Jackson, TN to go LIVE from 9-11 am with Seabass aka: The Silky Chinchilla and the one and only Chuck Walker, ‘ESQUIRE’! Join us today on “Everybody Talks”! 

I’m on today 9-11am Call in and lets talk …

We will be talking – Outdoor Living, Koi Ponds, Cool Season Gardening, freezing weather, Fall activities, Camping, Glamping, Thanksgiving 🦃 AND Just about anything else that YOU want to talk about! Ask a question, send in a picture, share a story (but please, NO politics!) Call in and join us! 731-423-810

For 20 years, Ive been involved with this Friday Talk Show and it just keeps getting better! The # is still the same – 731-423-8101

You know you can listen, and you can call in and talk, the # is the same that it has been for over 20 years – 731-423-8101. But, did you know you can text your comments and questions?

Feel free to Text us at 731-277-5155 its easy and we always try to answer every text!

Drop by Carters Nursery for help with your Garden, Landscape and Koi Pond!

We are open today till 4pm to serve YOU! 

We got what you need for your Fall Landscape & Garden! 

  • Mulch 
  • Too Soil
  • Manure
  • Soil Amendments 
  • Flowers 
  • Perennials 
  • Aquatic Plants
  • Pond Fish (Koi, Shubunkin, Comets)
  • Pond Supplies
  • Fish Food
  • Fox Farm Products 
  • Stone and Gravel

Visit our Unique Boutique’ and pick up some AWESOME gifts for Christmas 🎄

We have loads of unique gift items ready for YOU at our Boutique & Garden Center…

Plus –

We also have a great supply of “Pond Stuff”… 

  • Leaf Nets
  • Water Treatments
  • Filters 
  • Skimmers
  • Pumps
  • Aeration Units
  • Floating Fountains
  • Underwater lights
  • Food
  • Deco Items
  • So much More…

Thanksgiving is coming quick! Be ready 🦃

Thanksgiving is less than 3 weeks away!

Have a great weekend! 

Give us a call this morning and lets have some FUN! 731-423-8101

Friday is Always Fun! See y’all on the air…

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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Pond Tip Tuesday! | Fall Pond Checklist | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN
October 19, 2021, 4:06 pm
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Fall is in full season! In fact we are only a couple of weeks from Peak Viewing time for Fall foliage in TN! Then you will again realize where ”Fall” gets its name… 🍁 🍁🍁

Fall will bring many changes to our Gardens and Ponds, its important to stay ahead of the game!

I always try to post proactive things you can do to keep your Water Garden clean and your Koi healthy over the Fall & Winter. Things like – Cutting your aquatic plants back, using pond netting, watching your skimmer more closely, feeding Cool Temp Koi Food, etc. –

We stock a complete line of Water Treatment Products and supplies for your Pond and Water Garden. Including Cold Temp Beneficial Bacteria, Leaf Nets and Cool Season Fish Food | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We stock bulk Leaf Netting at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN | It will keep debris out of your pond & help protect your fish from predators during the cold, bare months.

Pond Netting is a great tool to help keep the maintenance of your Water Garden or Koi Pond down to a minimum over the fall and winter. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee


Switch to Cold Water Bacteria NOW! –

Our Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria works and keeps on working when the plants and fish aren’t active and really helps the quality of your Pond Water! It is extremely effective at reducing sludge, dead and decaying leaves and plants, built up fish waste & excess nutrients like ammonia, nitrates & phosphates. These things make for poor water quality, reduced water clarity and can have catastrophic effects on your fishes health.

Keep an Eye 👁 on Your Skimmer –

Your Pond skimmer is a workhorse this time of year! Its catching and capturing all that debris that would otherwise end up on the bottom of your Pond! BUT, you have to empty it often in the Fall 🍁

Or, you end up with this 👇🏻


Every Pond should have a floating Pond thermometer! Our finned friends are cold blooded & water temperature is very important when it comes to seasonal feeding times. Pick one up at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.

This is standard equipment in every Koi Pond and Water Garden. 

My final Pond Tip for today is this – Switch to Cool Season Koi Food NOW…

When the water temperature drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit you should switch to a Lower Protein, Cool Season Koi Food. We like to call it the ‘Rule Of 60’… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN


Switching to a Cool Temperature Koi Food is very important for the health of your Koi! 

Well, there you have it, a little reminder to help keep the Maintenance to a minimum and to maximize the enjoyment of our wonderful hobby!

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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Pond Tip Tuesday | Stay Ahead of the Coming Leaf Fall With a POND NET! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

My Pond Tip for today is – Stay ahead of the coming leaf fall with a POND NET! 

– Pond Netting is your friend! The main reason to net your Water Feature in the Fall is to help with leaf and debris control. All the Ponds that I personally design and install have a skimmer system (mechanical Filter) that already removes an incredible amount of leaf debris. You simply empty that skimmer basket from time to time and have little to no leaf or debris problems. BUT, if you have a lot of trees in your Landscape as well,  a Fall Leaf Net may be in order. Depending on your leaf debris load, a skimmer might still need the help of a simple leaf net to keep up during peak leaf fall…

Pond Netting is a great tool to help keep the maintenance of your Water Garden or Koi Pond down to a minimum over the fall and winter. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Pond netting is inexpensive and we cut it to fit!

We stock bulk pond netting at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN | It will keep debris out of your pond & help protect your fish from predators during the cold, bare months.

HOW do you install Pond Netting?

You simply pull the net over the Pond’s surface and secure it along the edges. Some ponds will allow for a tight stretched net over the surface but some times we install risers to make a “Tent” effect of the net. This helps shed the leaf debris to the edges to make it easier to dispose of them. The

Keeping the leaves and other fall debris out of your Pond is a good thing! Leaf debris is unsightly, it also quickly starts to decompose releasing many compounds that are bad for your fish. In turn algae is fed by the decomposing leaf matter and oxygen is depleted. ALL of these things combined can be catastrophic for the health of your finned friends, in heavy leaf fall areas, it can even kill them.

ALSO – in the Fall and Winter most of the aquatic plants are asleep, leaving very little cover for your Koi… Pond Predators, like Blue Herons strike most often in the Fall and Winter… BUT, Blue Herons can’t get your treasured Koi through the Pond Netting! So that’s another big plus for having a Pond Net!

A Blue Heron is major Predator of our Koi and pond fish! BUT, we can stop them from harming our ‘finned friends’! Simple Tools like a Fall leaf net can help with more than 1 task 

So to wrap this up – IF you have a LOT of trees in your landscape that shed leaves in the Fall, a Leaf Net might be for YOU! AND – if you have Koi that you love and want to protect from predators, leaf netting could help you too.

FYI: You can get leaf netting for your pond at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio! We always keep 10′ and 20′ widths in stock, we cut to order and it’s very inexpensive. Questions? Call me at 731-424-2206


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

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