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Winter Water Garden Checklist / Be Ready! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I really want everyone with a Water Garden or Koi Pond to be prepared and to stay ahead of potential problems. Cold weather is here and snow is in the forecast, so being prepared is important. I post this every year, but I still  get people asking me these questions. So I have learned to keep on posting! Repetition is a huge part of getting a message through… Be prepared 😊

PLANTS AND DEBRIS:
Remove plant debris and other organic matter. Excess organic matter can contribute to increased algae growth. A large amount of leaves collected in the bottom of your pond will decompose and produce tannins. This can be harmful to your fish and reduce water clarity. Leaves can also collect in the stream and cause a plant dam. It is very important to keep your skimmer net cleaned out regularly during the heavy leaf fall, DAILY if needed. Pond netting which can be purchased at Carter’s Nursery can make these things less problematic and will make it easier on you during the winter.

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.

HEALTHY FISH:
Its time to STOP feeding your Koi. The water temps are below 50 degrees F  here in West Tn  now, so it’s time… Spring isn’t really that far away…

WINTER BEAUTY:
Leaving your waterfall running all winter will not hurt anything. As matter of fact, it could give you some beautiful photo op’s. The running water will make some breath taking natural ice 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.

A snowy landscape is Beautiful! Get out and take some beautiful pictures 😊

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 heater or a small pump in a shallow area to “flash up’ and break the water surface.

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.

LOW TEMP. BACTERIA:
Use Low Temp bacteria treatments when the water reaches 55 degrees F. This will help keep the pond clean, keep the water healthy and make your Spring pond clean out much easier.

Keep using your Bacteria through the winter for a cleaner, healthier pond.

I hope this helps! I enjoy the winter, it is really a great season! So many birds visit the Pond to drink and eat, it’s a wonderful time to do all my garden planning and I know that Spring is right around the corner!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

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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Waterfalls! Get Your Feet Wet! | 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…

The Beauty and Sound of a Waterfall is an Awesome thing! We are going to Showcase “Waterfalls in YOUR Life” at this Summer Seminar! Saturday, July 14th. 2018

Come learn HOW a Waterfall can change your life at our 1st. Summer Seminar of 2018 –

“Waterfalls! Get your feet WET!”

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!

Unique Waterfalls await you at this class! Learn more at this informal seminar Saturday, July the 14th. at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

WHAT: Waterfalls! Get your feet WET! A Summer Seminar by Carters Nursery.
WHEN: Saturday, July 14th. from 9am. till 11am (approximately)
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



Winter Waterfalls are BEAUTIFUL!
January 4, 2018, 12:55 pm
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I’ve been posting a lot of info on how to combat ice affecting your ponds. Now I would like to show you the good side of a freeze. We don’t deal with cold weather much, so when we do I get my camera and have some fun.

The ice makes beautiful formations around the waterfalls.

Here are a few more photos of the beauty that ice creates.

I love the icy stream flowing down into the pond. So beautiful & natural!

The birds and wildlife flock to your pond in the winter! That’s a BIG reason that I try to design them to be viewed from inside the home. So nice to sit comfortably and watch.

Birds come all day long to get a drink and even bathe. Sometimes they come in groups. I also feed them which helps to keeps them coming.

Try to get a few pictures of your water garden in the winter.

 

Happy Pondering!

~ Mark Carter