Now is the time to pay attention to your fruit crops. Citrus trees should have already received their first fertilization of the year. Don’t make the mistake of putting out fertilizer and not watering it in. Much of the nitrogen will be lost to the air. Water before applying fertilizer and rake into the top inch of soil, or apply a half-inch inch of water after spreading fertilizer.
Typically the next three months are on the dry side. Most fruit trees should receive a thorough watering once every week. We still like the old-fashioned method of making a well about the tree at least the diameter of the canopy, and let a sprinkler or hose run to flood the area with about an inch of water. When the rainy season begins, break down the sides of the well to prevent standing water.
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