Tips for Citrus Tree Growers
San Diego has one of the best climates in the world for growing citrus. Now is a perfect time to make sure your citrus are ready for a good year of new growth.
Here are a few tips:
1. Keep the ants off.
Ants help spread aphids, sooty mold and other pests and diseases
to prevent ants from getting on your tree, apply a product called “Tanglefoot” around the trunk **** Never apply this product directly on the bark, instead, first wrap the trunk with masking tape or a plant tie.
2. Put on some sunscreen.
Many times citrus will lose leaves in the cool months, this is fairly normal but can lead to sunburn as things heat up this Spring
Mix a 1:1 mix of water and white latex paint and apply to exposed trunk areas to protect your trees from burn. Try to avoid painting leaves
3. Mulch, mulch, mulch.
If you do nothing else do this!
apply 3-4 inches of wood chips around the tree extending all the way out to the drip line of the tree