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Pond Tip : My Koi Pond Is Frozen! Don’t Break The ICE! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

10 degree windchill this morning 🥶 Brrr! Ice Ice Baby! But, don’t worry, it will be ok… Just don’t break the ice!

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!

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! 😊

It’s cold for a few days, but it will warm soon. Lets take care of our finned friends ❤️

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
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Pond Tip : Leaf Netting Is Your Friend | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Will a leaf net help with fall Pond Maintenance?

Great question! The answer is – YES!
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.

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’! 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

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


Waterfall Wednesday | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I posted about this Water Feature when it was newly built several years ago. This Large Pondless Waterfall was built by our CAC group (Certified Aquascape Contractors) at our annual Training Event in Illinois (Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio are Master CAC’s). This morning my son and I had breakfast by this Water Feature & I took this picture from my seat 😊 My contribution to #waterfallwednesday !

The Landscape has really filled in nicely. This feature looks and feels so Natural! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Training and keeping up with new technology and techniques is all important if your to stay at the top of the game! That’s why we work at constant improvement! This year I took a very important person to this wonderful training event so he could grow and get better too.

My son Jacob is working in the business now! He grew up in and around the nursery & our family business, and is learning more and more every day 😊

Even Greater things are yet to come 🙏🏻

 

Have a Great Day! More updates coming soon…

 

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, Tennessee

What a beautiful pond! Complete with multiple waterfalls, fish & some beautiful plants. I hope this brings a little Zen into your day 😊

Sit by this waterfall & listen to the birds & let your cares melt away.

Have a great Monday!

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

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A Koi Story for Today | What Does Koi Mean in Japanese? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

If you don’t have a Water Garden & keep Koi, you don’t understand how attached you get to your Pond & Fish! You just don’t understand how going out and interacting with your fish and hearing that waterfall literally takes you to another place… Almost instantly, you calm down… Your blood pressure goes down… Your breathing smooths out… It’s like… Magic! I Love My Pond & I LOVE my Koi!

Love your Koi & keep your Koi happy and healthy as we transition into Spring by feeding them quality Cool Temperature Koi Food | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee | I ❤️ Koi!

As you know Koi are huge in the culture of Japan. I love learning more about Japan & about Koi. I’ve been blogging about Koi every Wednesday for the last year & have learned a lot of things in the process. I have also tried to pass along some good information to you through my BLOG.  One thing I have had fun learning more about is their language & about Kanji – what is kanji you ask?

kan·ji
/ˈkänjē/
noun – a system of Japanese writing using Chinese characters.

I wanted to share a similarity that I thought was Awesome! The word Koi in English means decorative carp of course. But in Japanese it has more than 1 meaning, and it makes complete & total sense to me 😊

This Kanji means Koi. It’s also the Kanji for Love ❤️ Makes sense to me 😊

恋は盲目
Koi wa moumoku / Love is Blind!

恋に師匠なし
Koi ni shishou nashi / Love needs no teaching

Both have the common Kanji 

Koi &/or Love…

Isn’t that cool?! 😎 Going to the Koi pond is truly going out for a dose of LOVE! Bam! 💥 Write this down! – “KOI = LOVE”!

 

Happy Pondering!  🤔

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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Two For Tuesday | #moonlightpondtour | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

This year has been flying by, it’s time to slow it down… The Moonlight Pond Tour is this Saturday night! Break the rut and get out and experience something completely Unique – A tour of beautiful gardens and waterfalls under the light of the Moon! PLUS – 100% of the money goes to the Jackson Animal Care & Adoption Center! Thats a Win-Win! A great night out for you and supporting a worthy cause at the same time! Two for One! BAM!

Saturday, September 22nd is the night of the Moonlight Tour. Moonlight Pond Tour tickets are $20 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Jackson Animal Care Center!

“People LOVE this event” says Mark Carter, Owner/Landscape Designer at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio. “This Tour is unique. Many people have never been on a Garden Tour,  much less a Pond Tour, PLUS – This tour is at NIGHT! Once you see the Lighting effects and the Waterfalls shimmering & glowing and the brightly colored fish gliding through the Underwater Lights, you are blown away. This is a great night out with the family and/or a Wonderful Date Night” says Carter.

Now in its 14th year, The Moonlight Pond Tour features favorite Ponds from years past along with some awesome new Water Features to enjoy. This is a self guided tour and is easy to follow, so relax and have some FUN.

“The Jackson Animal Care Center receives 100% of the money from the tickets we sell for the tour! We Love and Support our Local Animal Adoption Center and we support their Mission in our Community. AND, we truly appreciate YOUR support! Without the community behind this, it won’t work. So please come out and help us make this a Success. It’s a Win-Win – Enjoy a GREAT night out while helping a worthy cause.”

What: The 14th. Annual Moonlight Pond Tour

When: Saturday, September 22nd. from dusk (7:00) till 11pm.

Where: Beautiful North Jackson, Tn. in Madison County.

Why: It’s Fun, Affordable and it’s for a GREAT CAUSE! A truly Unique & Beautiful Garden Tour!

Tickets: $20 for the Pond Tour (no charge for kids age 12 and under)

Moonlight Pond Tour Tickets are ON SALE NOW at Carter’s Nursery! Call Jo or Sandra for more info 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

 



Moonlight Pond Tour in T Minus 2 Weeks | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

This Water Garden Tour was founded and is hosted each year by Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio of Jackson, TN (Madison County), and benefits the Jackson Animal Care Group.

The Moonlight Pond Tour takes place each Fall and coincides with the Full Moon (the Harvest Moon). The Moonlight Pond Tour showcases Water Gardens, Pondless Waterfalls, Disappearing Fountains, Koi Ponds & more, all under a Gorgeous ‘Moonlit sky’ & enhanced by AWESOME Landscape Lighting | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

“People LOVE this event” says Mark Carter, Owner/Landscape Designer at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio. “This Tour is unique. Many people have never been on a Garden Tour,  much less a Pond Tour, PLUS – This tour is at NIGHT! Once you see the Lighting effects and the Waterfalls shimmering & glowing and the brightly colored fish gliding through the Underwater Lights, you are blown away. This is a great night out with the family and/or a Wonderful Date Night” says Carter.

Now in its 14th year, The Moonlight Pond Tour features favorite Ponds from years past along with some awesome new Water Features to enjoy. This is a self guided tour and is easy to follow, so relax and have some FUN.

“The Jackson Animal Care Center receives 100% of the money from the tickets we sell for the tour! We Love and Support our Local Animal Adoption Center and we support their Mission in our Community. AND, we truly appreciate YOUR support! Without the community behind this, it won’t work. So please come out and help us make this a Success. It’s a Win-Win – Enjoy a GREAT night out while helping a worthy cause.”

What: The 14th. Annual Moonlight Pond Tour

When: Saturday, September 22nd. from dusk (7:30) till 11pm.

Where: Beautiful North Jackson, Tn. in Madison County.

Why: It’s Fun, Affordable and it’s for a GREAT CAUSE! A truly Unique & Beautiful Garden Tour!

Tickets: $20 for the Pond Tour (no charge for kids age 12 and under)

Moonlight Pond Tour Tickets are ON SALE NOW at Carter’s Nursery! Call Jo or Sandra for more info 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