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Hump Day Koi Fix | Koi Myths Made Right | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Here’s a very relevant ‘repost’ from 1 year ago. There’s so much bad info out there about Koi Pond and Water Gardens, we need to dispel and Correct it! Happy Hump Day!

“It’s Wednesday, aka “Hump Day” and as usual the subject is Koi 😊 We were discussing erroneous information & myths about Koi keeping that are out there, so I thought why not make a blog post about it… Here’s a quick “Top 5”…

#1 – You Can’t Be A Koi Keeper & A Water Gardener.

Not true! You can raise healthy koi In your beautiful water garden! The koi can grow up to be just as beautiful and healthy as they are in traditional koi ponds. Proper design is key! You will LOVE how they compliment each other 😊 I have installed Hundreds of beautiful Water Gardens with healthy happy Koi.

Koi and Water Gardens go together like peas and carrots 😊 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

#2 – Predators Will Eat All Your Fish.

Again, Proper Design is key! Raccoons generally won’t swim. That’s not to say they never swim, or couldn’t stand on the side of your pond and take a paw swipe or two at your fish… Fortunately, most fish will swim to a deeper, more protected part of the pond when a predator is threatening them. The one predator with legitimate credentials is the blue heron. Plenty of lily pads give them some protection and will work to minimize attracting a heron in the first place. Other protection measures include a motion activated water sprayer called a “Scarecrow” or even better a “Koi-cave” structure that can be built in during the pond’s construction. IF you already have a pond, they can be added with minimum remodeling during a clean out service.

A Blue Heron is a major Predator of our Koi and pond fish! BUT, we can stop them from harming our ‘finned friends’! Tools like a “Scarecrow”, or a fish cave really help! In the Fall a leaf net helps with more than 1 task 😊

#3 – Your Pond Must Be (3) Three Feet Deep to Keep Koi. 

There are literally tens of thousands of two-foot deep ponds all around this country, full of happy and healthy koi. The water in a two-foot deep pond will generally only freeze eight inches down in the coldest of climates, because of the insulating qualities of the earth that surrounds the pond – Here in West Tennessee usually not at all. Another Plus – a properly designed 2’ deep pond is easy to get in and out of 😉

#4 – Koi Can’t Be Kept With Plants.

In a naturally balanced ecosystem, koi and plants complement and need one another. In nature, fish feed on plants. As a result, the fish produce waste, which is broken down by aerobic bacteria on the bottom of your pond, which, in turn, is used as fertilizer by the plants to grow and produce more natural fish food. One tip I have learned from experience- start with small Koi, they will grow up with the plants and won’t bother them at all – like in nature.

This is one of my Display Water Gardens at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio – The Aquatic Plants & Koi have been doing great here for almost 30 years!

#5 – If You Forget To Feed Your Koi They Will All Die. 

Totally False! In a properly designed & stocked pond, the ecological balance will amaze you! Crystal clear water, thriving aquatic plants & a healthy eco-system are your reward! We all Love to feed our babies, but if you miss a few days they will get busy doing some “pond keeping” of their own! 😊 They will ‘Thrive’, not simply survive! The key is  to “Stay in Balance”!

Happy Pondering! & Merry Christmas 🎄 🎅🏻

 

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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Social Networking Tuesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

A little while back I did a Blog on Social Networking. It was a very popular Blog… And why not! So many more people are joining the digital age! Even Grandparents are HUGE on Facebook & Pinterest & Instagram! In fact I had an “Ecstatic” client come in the other day who saw their pond on Instagram and was blown away!😘 Their reaction to seeing their Beautiful Water Feature along side of the most beautiful creations you have ever seen was Awesome!

So many ways to share and spread the word now! Please Follow, Like & Share my Blog posts. Thanks in advance 😊I 

We try to stay relevant in the digital age! That’s why I try to keep a presence up on several Social Networks – If you haven’t already, please Like & Share our Facebook pg. – https://www.facebook.com/Carters-Nursery-Pond-Patio-207074459184/

Even better check out my website links to ALL my Social Media Links – http://www.cartercountry.com

There is a link area with all our ‘Alphabet Soup’ links – Word Press Blog. Pinterest. Instagram. Facebook. Plus all the info on our site itself!

It’s all there to show you what’s available & to help with ideas and understanding! It really helps to be able to see what a company can do, BEFORE you hire them😊

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Social Media! It has really changed the game & raised the bar.

Have a great evening! See ya’ on Facebook 😉

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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Have You Flipped’ Through My Magazine? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I do the “Social Media” and website chores for my business, Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Word Press, Website, etc.. AND I also have a cool digital magazine that I “flip’ things of interest into, It’s called Flipboard and it’s pretty cool.

My Flipboard is all about Outdoor Living, Gardening, Food & Fun! YOU can do it too! Start a digital magazine of your own 🙂

https://flipboard.com/@markcarter775/outdoor-lifestyles-msvbuimgy

 

I enjoy sharing things of interest with others & Flipboard is one way I do it.

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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Friday Radio Report…

What a Beautiful Spring morning! We are LIVE at Rhodes Diner in Medina, Tn.! Big Steve from Carlock Nissan is buy EVERYONES breakfast until 11am! So get in here!

‘Live’ from Rhodes Family Diner in Medina, Tennessee!

Big Steve from Carlock Nissan is buying breakfast!

Call us with ALl your gardening questions! 731-423-8101.

– LOTS of calls about plants and gardens!

– Stop by the Nursery and get some plants!

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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Spring Newsletter | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Click on the link below for our 2019 Newsletter.

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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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Friday Radio Report…

Wow! Great show today with the 180’ Crew! Lori Nunnery with Visit Jackson TN was in studio to talk about all the things going on in our community.

The Varnick is finally here! Registration kicks off at 6:30am in the morning at Union University and the running 🏃 starts soon after. Y’all come out and help us make this a great event! 

 

Tomorrow is going to be a BEAUTIFUL Day! Get out and see the remainder of the Fall color show! 

LoLo Pritchard was in studio today as well talking about her music & taking part in the discussions 😊

A few things going on this weekend –

  •  The Varnick kicks off tomorrow morning at 6:30am. For more info –

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a0e48a9af22a5ff2-varnick

  •  Astronomy night atop Sauls Mound! At Pension Mounds –
  • USJ Holiday Mart starts TODAY!
  • Check out more stuff at – http://jacksontn.com/tourism 

– We are selling Gift Certificates at Carters Nursery for Christmas! Y’all come!

Also it’s still “Fishy Friday” at the Nursery through the end 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 & texts!

Y’all 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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Friday Radio Report…

It’s FRIDAY again & another great show is in the books! Thank you for all the calls and comments!

The headline today should read : Fall is finally here! The weather finally caught up to the calendar 😊 It’s going to feel perfect tomorrow for our Fall Fest! Y’all come

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

We had some great calls today  –

  •  Can we still plant? Yes! In fact, this is the best time of the year to plant shrubs and trees!
  • planting salad veggies – lettuce, beets, carrots, radishes, scallions, etc. Greens too like spinach and turnips.
  • Can I trim and prune my shrubs and trees? Some light trimming if needed, but leave most until winter dormancy and early Spring.
  • one man purchased a building site lot that has sub surface springs and he now can’t build on it! Can he plant fruit trees? Quick answer, probably… Need to do more research, this might have a fix?

– We also got several texts and we really appreciate your text questions too! We don’t always get to answer all of them on the air but we try to get to as many as we can.

In other News – Today of course is “Fishy Friday” at the nursery- Come by and save $$! AND- we are extending this 20% sale on Fish through Saturday this week! So come on!

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

Great show today!!! Thanks to ALL the callers!

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.!

PS : Help me share this video for tomorrow’s Fall Fest!

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