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How to Prune a Lemon Tree

18/11/2015

Lemon trees come in all sizes. They range from the dwarf lemon tree, which can grow 2 to 8 feet (.61 to 2.44 m), to standard trees that can reach 15 feet (4.6 m) or higher. The Meyer lemon can be grown in a pot and still produce regular-sized lemons for its owner. Regardless of the size of your tree, you should learn how to prune a lemon tree to a suitable shape. Pruning lemon trees opens up the center of the tree, allowing easy access when spraying, and creates a large fruit-bearing surface area than can be reached by the sun and the harvester. Pruning also creates sturdy branches that are strong enough to support the fruit they produce.

 

Choose the proper time to prune lemon trees. Lemon trees are evergreen trees that do not demonstrate a true dormancy, such as the loss of leaves. However, the growth and metabolism of the trees slow down after the fruit harvest. Lemon trees in cooler climates show slower activity just before the rapid spring growth. Pruning should occur during this period of dormancy or right when the new spring growth appears.

Remove all fruit from the tree.

Prune any branches that are damaged or diseased all the way back to the base.

Cut any branches that are smaller than the diameter of a pencil.

Prune suckers as they appear at any time. Lemon trees are made by grafting normal-sized fruit-bearing branches on smaller tree stock (for dwarf trees) or more hardy stock. Suckers are shoots from the rootstock that will reduce fruit yield and adversely affect the health of the lemon tree. They often surpass the height of the main plant in a couple of months if left unchecked, “sucking” the nutrients from the bearing part of the tree.

Suckers that are green and newly formed can be gently broken off at the base.

Suckers with woody stems should be cut with pruning shears flush with the trunk of the lemon tree.

Decide if you want an open, compact, or hedge type tree look. This will also depend on the type of lemon tree that you have. A small potted lemon tree may produce better with and open look, whereas some people may want a bushier plant.

Traditional lemon pruning results in a tree that is bigger at the bottom than the top. This allows for equal sunlight to all parts of the tree.

Look at the overall shape and balance of the tree. If the tree has more branches on one side, remove some on the heavier side until the tree balances out.

Remove the lower branches to give the tree a single, sturdy trunk.

Choose 2 or 3 branches to be the main scaffold branches that you will train to bear the fruit.

10 Cut the center stem off, which will open up the center of the tree.

11 Cut off the tips of the main branches. This will force the branches to grow thicker and sturdier. Over the next several growing seasons, concentrate on the main branches that you have chosen, cut them back as needed, and allow secondary branches to grow out from them. Cut back anything that is not strong or that blocks the light from entering the tree.

12 Thin the fruit by plucking it off. It will produce larger fruit and to allow the canopy to grow in young trees. Trees should not be allowed to bear fruit until they are mature, which is between 3 and 4 years old.

 

Sources:

http://www.wikihow.com/Prune-a-Lemon-Tree

http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/fruit%20pages/dwarfs.htm

Paver Patios and Courtyards

17/11/2015

Pavers are a popular choice for backyard patios. They provide a beautiful, custom paving solution that installs quickly and is ready for use as soon as the project is complete. Pavers allow for a lot of design creativity and can be used on small or large patios. Patio pavers are made of concrete, brick or stone. They come in a variety of shapes and colors. However, the real draw of pavers is that they can be laid in striking patterns.

Never Dull

Precast concrete pavers have without question the largest range of shapes and sizes available in a single material. The lovely curved steps are enhanced by a series of bands in the paving that accentuate the geometry of the space. These large light tone pavers are further emphasized by a pair of dark bands of brick like pavers set on edge that may disguise slot inlets to an underground trench drain. Fields beyond are composed of four different pavers, square and rectangular, buff tones and steel gray which stand out in striking contrast against the rigid step masonry. While so much variety in a limited space may seem overdone in concept, here in practice we learn that it is clearly not so.

Dry Green

The arid climate and limited water supply of the far west drove development of truly believable artificial turf. Nowhere is the value of this innovation more appreciated than the ability to utilize contrasting bands within fields of simple square precast concrete pavers. Pavers more easily cut than stone make this diagonal application a fine opportunity to bring in artificial turf in a dynamic way, particularly at a site too shaded to allow real grass to grow. Perhaps more important is summer heats paving to such a high temperatures that virtually no living plant is able to survive, yet this artificial turf lends a beautiful lush look amidst the rustic Southwest feel of tumbled pavers.

Contrasting Colors

The rich green countryside of New York and its regional architecture provides opportunities for more powerful color in paving without the risk of a garish appearance. Here the blend of large warm tone pavers is set in a semi-herringbone pattern, one of the most traditional choices. It’s made far more upscale by the maroon bands and pale green-gray accent that provides the same effect as an area rug indoors. This application uses color to define outdoor spaces just as we do interiors, with the color choice repeating on the wall and pilasters.

Multicolor Patterns

The most recent innovation in paver technology is the development of multicolored patterns that provide a great deal of variation in the surface. The importation of brighter natural stone units from Asia is also driving paver manufacturers to keep up color wise. Be careful when working with bold paver coloring as some believe this latest trend may ultimately date a project more than any other paver design choice.

Service Cancellations

16/11/2015

How do I cancel a service date?
Easy, just shoot us an email and leave us a message on the phone. We will contact you to confirm that you would like to cancel. Please be advised that our rates are based on us maintaining your property and staying on top of any issues.  If you do decide to cancel a service for whatever reason, there may be an additional charge on your next visit if the grass or foliage is overgrown, or if we find excessive weeds.  In order to cancel a service please email: ontiscurb@gmail.com AND call the office at (602) 586-5907.