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Lime fruit trees? Surely you've heard of it before. For anyone who does not know why to do it and how to do it, here's an explanation.
The liming of fruit trees in the autumn months is due to a long tradition and brings the demonstrable benefits that hardly ever pests make on the respective fruit tree in the winter. At the same time, the lime paint reduces vermoosen the tree trunks. Your limed fruit tree looks so much better and will also delight you with a higher fruit yield.
But that's not all: the lime protects the tree trunk from excessive sunlight, especially during the winter months, because the white lime paint can reflect sunlight. Because when the frost at night and the sun on the fruit trees during the day, the tree trunk is exposed to an immense load (enormous temperature fluctuations), which knows how to reduce a protective lime jacket.
As a result of the natural lime coating (lime is one of the natural products), internal tensions in waste wood are significantly minimized, resulting in far fewer frost cracks in the wood. And that is enormously important, because otherwise different pests would quickly spread in the gaps!
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In the gardening market, but also in many hardware stores, you can buy the biodegradable product lime buy in powdered form. This odorless lime must then be mixed with water until creamy and applied evenly to the tree trunks with a robust tassel brush. So you do not have to lime the floor as usual, but the tree trunk.
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For pronounced tree bark, you must repeat the lime coating several times in succession, as this is the only way to achieve a pore-deep coating result. The advantage: In this case, pest larvae already stored in the fruit tree are usually killed as well.
Always use the whole tree trunk (as far as the crown of the tree) so that it is no longer possible for pests to crawl up from the ground. You can reinforce this effect again by applying a glue band, which you must wrap halfway around the trunk once completely around the tree.
Renew lime painting annually
In the course of the year, such a lime coating will of course be washed off again by the rain. The lime then seeps into the root area which has the advantage that the fruit tree is fertilized at the same time. In the course of the year, you no longer have to fertilize all fruit trees in addition. However, every year in autumn you should renew the lime painting on the fruit trees.