• Jeff Robbins

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

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