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Pond Tip : Be Ready For Ice Before It Happens | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Brrr! 🥶 Baby, it’s COLD outside! I think the Pond is frozen… What do I do? As my nephew the Eagle Scout says, “Be Prepared”! AND, Don’t worry, it’s not hard to be ready!

Don’t break the ice! It will harm your Koi! The powerful shock waves created by a blow to the ice can break their bones and rupture organs!

The #1 Rule if your pond ever Ices over – NEVER, NEVER, NEVER break the ice by banging on it! It can cause your fish great harm – it can even KILL them! To allow the escape/exchange of gasses in a frozen over pond, keep a hole open in the ice. This is IMPORTANT!!! It will keep the gases from building up under the ice and allow for oxygen exchange and keep your fish from suffocating. This will also allow the pump to get water if the surface is frozen. If you have a skimmer, this will be MUCH easier on you! The water movement will help keep the ice from forming. You may need to keep the hole open by adding water from a water hose, bucket or pan of water. (This is why I always say “keep a dry hose” or a 5 gallon bucket for this purpose! If & when you use your water hose be sure to drain it when finished-to keep it from freezing and bursting, or just keep it in your garage). You can also use a floating pond heater or a small pump in a shallow area to “flash up’ and break the water surface. Just do it!

We don’t get too many Ice Days’ here in West Tennessee, but when we do, it’s Never at a convenient moment… In other words, if your not prepared, it can be an emergency 🚨

Simple Winter Pond Tool Kit
1 – 5 gallon bucket 🪣 (use to add water as needed. Hot tap water from your faucet will melt a hole in ice if needed)

2 – Clean, dry Water-hose 💦 (store in garage or shed so it will be ready to go when needed)

3 – Floating Pond Heater (A floating heater will maintain a opening 🕳 in an ice covered pond. This will allow for oxygen exchange and will keep your Koi alive).

That my Pond Tip today – Be Prepared!

And don’t worry! Spring is Coming!

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




Winter Temps Are Re-Tweeting – Be ready | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It happens every year – The weather moderates and we all feel like it’s almost Spring – Then, out of nowhere an arctic blast comes blowing in… and Its so easy to be caught off guard. I’m sending this little reminder to hopefully, help you be ready 😊

To Do –

  •  Winterize garden hoses, again…
  • Get your pets taken care of! They depend on us to take care of them & keep them warm 😊

It’s fixing to get COLD! Take care of your pets! If it’s too cold for you – it’s too cold for them…

We’re gonna be cold off and on for the next couple weeks. Don’t forget – If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them.

Pond Owners Survival Kit –

– Have a dry hose available “just in case”! And I always have an adapter for my sink faucet. It helps to really be prepared for a BAD cold spell!
– Have a 5 gallon bucket set aside just for your pond. That bucket can really come in handy if you just need a little water or need a trash pail to clean up some leaves damming up the stream or waterfall!

FAQ #1 – What do I do if my Pond freezes?

ICE SAFETY: #1 NEVER, NEVER, NEVER break the ice by banging on it! It can cause your fish to go into shock! To allow the escape of gas & exchange oxagen, keep a hole open in front of the skimmer or on the ponds surface if you don’t have a skimmer. This is IMPORTANT!!! It will keep the gases from building up under the ice and suffocating your fish. This will also allow the pump to get water if surface is frozen. You can also keep a 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.

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.

Also, there is Good Stuff Too 😊

WINTER BEAUTY: Leaving your waterfall running all season in our part of the country is not a bad thing. 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, and in winter months, the running water will make some breath taking natural ice formations/sculptures. So keep your camera handy. And get some close ups. BUT – 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 that dry hose we talked about earlier to bring your water levels back up.

Snowy, icy weather brings the birds to your Pond & to your feeders! They come all day to get a drink and even bathe. I LOVE to photograph birds in our landscape and at our feeders! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

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 food & the WATER!

I hope this helps! If your prepared, a winter ❄️ storm ian enjoyable, beautiful event.

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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Water For The Zombie Apocalypse | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Question : What is the 1 thing you can’t live without?

Answer : WATER!

Nothing can survive long with out it! Every living creature seeks it out because they have to… Soooo, when the well goes out on a holiday weekend and you have 1,000’s of plants to water & 3 houses to support with water, WHAT do you do??? It’s like a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’! Luckily, I have a great cistern with water that is aerated and clean! My Water Garden!

Luckily, we have a Water Garden and running fountain that keep the water clean and accessible during times like these! Having a clean water source is so important! Another reason to have a Pond 🙂 | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We found the problem! The circuit board that controls the pump got fried last night in a lightning storm! And on a holiday weekend when everything is closed… Timing is everything!

Nothing bad happens at an opportune moment… Lightning got our well last night. So the dipping and hauling of water has commenced…

Sometimes you have to go ‘Old School’… Buckets and pails can be your best friend when it comes to hauling water! You can use the  water from your Pond to – wash your hands, flush your toilets, water your plants, water your animals, rinse, clean, etc. etc…

A bucket of water in every bathroom sure does help when the toilet needs to be flushed and hands need washing! Thank goodness for my WATER GARDEN! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s not a Zombie Apocalypse, BUT, not having water is a BIG deal! It’s a ‘Must Have’! Having a backup plan means everything. Keep a minimum amount of bottled water on-hand for emergencies… AND a good 5 gallon bucket! It’s a must have.

I hope Y’all have a GREAT Memorial Day weekend!

Stay Thirsty my Friends! 🙂

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