Lemon trees provide a beautiful pop of color to your backyard landscape and have the added bonus of giving you an amazing citrus fruit that you can enjoy all summer long. Unfortunately, if you are considering planting lemon trees or you have inherited lemon trees on your property when you moved in, there are several mistakes you can make that can cause serious damage to the trees. Here are a few of those common mistakes you need to avoid making.
Planting In the Wrong Spot
When it comes to helping your lemon tree thrive, it is critical to plant the tree in the ideal location. Your lemon tree will require full sunlight throughout most of the day, so make sure you do not plant your lemon trees in a shady spot. Additionally, plant your lemon tree in the spring when the ground is completely thawed and there is no risk of frost.
Avoid planting in the summer, as the temperatures will be too high, and the lemon tree will not thrive. The ideal spot should also have proper drainage. If the soil is too dense or too compacted, working some organic soil or fertilizer into the soil will help promote the growth of the lemon tree's root system.
Underwatering or Overwatering Your Lemon Trees
Now that your lemon tree is planted, it is important to create the ideal watering schedule. As with other types of citrus trees, you should not underwater or overwater the growing lemon trees. The easiest way to determine if you are underwatering or overwatering the tree is to keep an eye on the leaves and on the soil surrounding the tree.
If the leaves are turning brown, dropping, or constantly falling off, the tree is not adequately watered. Conversely, if the soil surrounding the lemon tree is always damp, you are overwatering your lemon tree. Providing too much water is actually dangerous because it can lead to root rot.
Not Protecting Your Lemon Trees from Pests
From aphids and citrus rust mites to scales and lemon bud moths, there are a variety of pests that will attack your lemon trees. The best way to prevent damage to your trees is to work with a pest control agent to determine a strategy that will get rid of the exact type of insects that are attacking your trees. For example, if your trees are being attacked by aphids, neem oil is a great solution.
From planting in the wrong location to not protecting your trees against pests, there are several common mistakes homeowners make with lemon trees.
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