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Today Is The 50th. Anniversary Of Earth Day 🌏

Today is Earth Day! What is Earth Day you ask… Here’s the official definition – “Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.” 

Like most public things right now, Earth Day celebrations have been cancelled for public gatherings… BUT, you can personally celebrate by doing something “Earth Friendly” like – 

  • Plant a tree (Native please)
  • Plant some flowers (Pollinators)
  • Start seperating & recycling trash
  • Start a compost pile for organic compost
  • Talk to your kids about responsible conservation   

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, with the goal of raising awareness about mankind’s role in protecting our natural world.

We are going to plant a tree on our property today with our son in  honor of Earth Day! I hope you can get out and enjoy our beautiful world today as well! 


Check out Googles Earth Day theme 👇🏻

https://www.google.com/logos/2020/earthday20/r3/earthday20.html?hl=en

 

Happy Earth 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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Best Trees For Fall Color | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

This came up yesterday on the radio – So here ya go…

“We’ve been talking a lot about fall color around the nursery, on the radio and on this blog. Have you been getting out to see it and experience it… I hope you have been and are still doing just that! 😊 Here’s the color map –

https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/

I have had SO MANY questions the last couple of weeks about my favorite trees to plant for Fall color and what I would recommend to plant in people’s Landscapes. So here is a short list of some of my favorite trees that do well here in West Tennessee.“

Mark’s Top Ten Trees for Fall Color –

  •  Red Maple – Acer rubrum 

    One of our best trees for Fall Color.

  • Sugar Maple –  Acer saccharum 

    Wonderful Color + the BEST Syrup ever😜

  • Balled Cypress – Taxodium distichum 

    Such a unique tree! Bald Cypress are very underutilized for their seasonal interest. They are such a beautiful tree. Interesting fact : The Bald Cypress is a deciduous conifer.

  • Dogwoods – Cornus florida 

    Everyone thinks of spring with the Dogwood tree blossoms, BUT – They are beautiful in the fall with their red tinged leaves and shiny red seeds.

  • Sassafrass – Sassafras albidum 

    One of my favorite trees for several reasons! But the biggie is the breathtaking Fall Color! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

  • Ginko – Ginkgo biloba 

    A “Living Fossil” – This unique tree ‘WOW’S’ in  the Fall!

  • Crepe Myrtle –  Lagerstroemia 

    Not only does this ornamental tree bring outstanding Spring & Summer interest, they also bring eye popping color every Fall!

  • Black Gum –  Nyssa sylvatica 

    The Black Gum or Tupelo Gum tree is one of my favorite natives!

  • White Oak – Quercus alba 

    Big native shade tree with striking, deep crimson/red Fall color.

  • Sourwood – Oxydendrum arboreum 

    A very unique native tree, really shows out in the Fall!

    Mark Carter
    Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Throwback Thursday…

How time flies! Both of these kids are young adults now! One in college full time and the other a part time college man. Both are very intelligent, special people! I came across this picture and just had to share it 😊

2 special kids that have grown up on us in the blink of an eye 👁

Time goes by so quickly… This seems like yesterday, but it has been many years now. This is my offering for #throwbackthursday !

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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May Day – May Day | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Saying goodbye to April is sad, BUT – Hello May! Here’s a reprint from May Day past…

WOW! Maybe it’s just me, but this year is flying by…. Today is MAY 1st.! AKA: ‘May Day’…

In the old days as April rolled to an end, people would gather flowers and candy to put in May baskets to hang on the doors of friends, neighbors and loved ones on May 1, aka; May Day.

“May Day” can mean a few things – Like – Mayday, Mayday! ie; Help!!! 

May-day – noun – 1. an international radio distress signal used by ships and aircraft.

 

Kids dancing around the ‘Maypole’.

OR it could be an age old celebration of Spring moving into Summer – May Day dates way back to ancient times and is traditionally celebrated with dancing and singing and feasting and the like 🙂
In Hawaii May 1st. is called Lei Day… They eat traditional foods and celebrate Island culture. And yes, every one gets Lei’d! 🙂 Let’s go to Hawaii! 🙂

But for me, May 1st. is the date that I use as my planting guide! It’s the date that I start planting in earnest. Annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, melons, etc.!!! It’s on!

May 1st. is a GREAT date to start planting Annuals, Perennials, Vegetables, Herbs, Aquatic Plants, etc. We are LOADED with Plants for you at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We had a long Winter & a cold, wet Spring so far, but fear not! May is where it all changes! 🙂
Happy “May Day” & Happy Gardening!
Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305


Saturday Shoppers Dream @ Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Spring is in Full Swing @ Carters Nursery! The Shrubs, Perennials & Annuals are gorgeous! We are fully stocked and we are ready to serve YOU!

LOTS of varieties of this staple plant!

Everything’s in Bloom at Carters Nursery!

Aquatic marginals, Lilies, Lotus – Check, check & check!

Lots of Annual Color!

Hanging baskets & LOTS of COLOR! | Saturday Shoppers at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The gates are opening now 😊 Y’all come get a little Nurseryfix!

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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Shrubs, Flowers & Mulch – Check, Check & Check! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I was asked, “When is the best time to plant a tree or shrub”? I answered, tongue in cheek, “20 years ago”…. 😊 The 2nd Best time to plant? NOW!!

The Plants are looking GREAT at Carters Nursery! The Azaleas are in bloom! The hydrangeas are flushing out beautifully! The Perennials are all emerging nicely! And all is right in the world 😊❤️

Everything is looking so nice! Come in today and see what I’m talking about! 😊

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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I’m a FOOL for an April’s Day! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Looking at the extended weather forecast, it’s looking like NO FROST through April 15th. 😊(My frost cutoff date)! Which means, time to get out in the garden in earnest!

Come by the Nursery and check us out! Lots of new plants & more coming in as we speak! Plus we are fully stocked with Aquatic Plants, Fish, Pond Supplies, Mulch & Top Soil too!

Spring is in Ful Swing at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio!

Y’all come and see us 😊

 

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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Trees for Fall Color | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We’ve been talking a lot about fall color around the nursery, on the radio and on this blog. Have you been getting out to see it and experience it… I hope you have been and are still doing just that! 😊 Here’s the color map –

https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/

I have had SO MANY questions the last couple of weeks about my favorite trees to plant for Fall color and what I would recommend to plant in people’s Landscapes. So here is a short list of some of my favorite trees that do well here in West Tennessee.

Mark’s Top Ten Trees for Fall Color –

  •  Red Maple – Acer rubrum 

    One of our best trees for Fall Color.

  • Sugar Maple –  Acer saccharum 

    Wonderful Color + the BEST Syrup ever😜

  • Balled Cypress – Taxodium distichum 

    Such a unique tree! Bald Cypress are very underutilized for their seasonal interest. They are such a beautiful tree. Interesting fact : The Bald Cypress is a deciduous conifer.

  • Dogwoods – Cornus florida 

    Everyone thinks of spring with the Dogwood tree blossoms, BUT – They are beautiful in the fall with their red tinged leaves and shiny red seeds.

  • Sassafrass – Sassafras albidum 

    One of my favorite trees for several reasons! But the biggie is the breathtaking Fall Color! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

  • Ginko – Ginkgo biloba 

    A “Living Fossil” – This unique tree ‘WOW’S’ in  the Fall!

  • Crepe Myrtle –  Lagerstroemia 

    Not only does this ornamental tree bring outstanding Spring & Summer interest, they also bring eye popping color every Fall!

  • Black Gum –  Nyssa sylvatica 

    The Black Gum or Tupelo Gum tree is one of my favorite natives!

  • White Oak – Quercus alba 

    Big native shade tree with striking, deep crimson/red Fall color.

  • Sourwood – Oxydendrum arboreum 

    A very unique native tree, really shows out in the Fall!

    Mark Carter
    Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Fall Foliage is at PEAK! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Ok folks, this is the weekend you have been waiting for! The temps are perfect, the sun is shining & the Foliage is at Peak color! BUT, it will be gone in no time… Get out this weekend and see some of this natural beauty! You deserve it 😊❤️

The Fall Color is looking gorgeous, get out and enjoy the beauty today | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Dogwoods give you a Two-fer! Spring and Fall color!

Fall color is here today, gone tomorrow… Get out and see it now 😊

It’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL Weekend! Get out there and see it 😊

PS: Let me know what your favorite Fall tree is 😊

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Friday Radio Report… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Friday’s are always fun with the 180 Crew! Dan & Sea Bass rock!

Fall is in full swing and the leafs are at peak! If you are wanting to view the beautiful Fall color, NOW is the time!

Fall color is here today, gone tomorrow… Get out and see it now 😊

This is also the PERFECT time of year to plant! Trees, shrubs & Spring Flowering Bulbs like daffodils, crocus & tulips 🌷

We had so many texts and calls today about the perfect trees to plant for Fall color! Here’s a short list of great trees that will give you incredible seasonal interest –

  •  Red Maples
  • Sugar Maples
  • Balled Cypress
  • Dogwoods
  • Sassafrass
  • Ginko
  • Crepe Myrtle
  • Black Gum
  • White Oak
  • Sourwood

– Lori Nunnery was in studio to talk about things to do this weekend – There are LOTS to do in Jackson, TN this weekend!

  • 33 live music events this weekend in Jackson, Tn.
  • Christmas kick off open houses this weekend! 
  • Veterans Day parade next Saturday! Nov. 9-10th. Liberty st. Will be a great place to be. 
  • Download app. Visitjacksontn. Apple and android! LOTS of info there.  
  • Rodney Carrington show was last night. 
  • Jackson is HOT! folks

Leaves are coming down! Get your mulching blades on your mower ready!

The mulching blades have numerous teeth across the top side of the blade so as the grass is cut, the top of the mower blade then shreds the clippings vs standard mower blades which are designed to push the clippings outward into a collection bag.                                                  We are going to extend “Fishy Friday’s” the month of November!

 

 

For the next few weeks 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

Thanks for all the calls and texts! 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
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