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Liming fruit trees? Surely you've heard of it before. For those of you who don't know why and how it's done, here's an explanation.The lime paint optimally protects the trees in winter
Liming fruit trees in the autumn months can be traced back to a long tradition and has the demonstrable benefit that, particularly in winter, pests hardly ever bother the respective fruit tree. At the same time, the lime paint reduces mossing of the tree trunks. Your limed fruit tree thus looks much more well-tended 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 in the winter months, because the white lime color can reflect the sunlight. Because when the frost affects the fruit trees at night and the sun during the day, the tree trunk is exposed to an immense load (enormous temperature fluctuations), which only a limescale protection jacket knows how to reduce.
The natural lime paint (lime is one of the natural products) consequently significantly minimizes internal tensions in the old wood, which means that there are far fewer frost cracks in the wood. And this is extremely important, because otherwise different pests would spread quickly in the columns!
Liming fruit trees - this is how it's done
You can find the biodegradable product in the garden center, but also in many hardware stores lime buy in powdered form. You then have to mix this odorless lime with water and apply it evenly to the tree trunks with a robust tassel brush. So you do not have to limescale the ground as usual, but the tree trunk.
With pronounced tree bark, you have to repeat the lime painting several times in a row, as this is the only way to achieve a pore-deep brushing result. The advantage: As a rule, pest larvae already deposited in the fruit tree are also killed at the same time.Lime the tree trunk generously
You should always limescale the entire tree trunk (right down to the tree top) so that pests can no longer crawl up from the ground. You can reinforce this effect again by applying a glue bandage, which you have to wrap completely around the tree halfway up the trunk.
Renew lime paint annually
In the course of the year, such a lime paint will of course be washed off by the rain. The lime then seeps away in the root area, which has the advantage that the fruit tree is also fertilized at the same time. You no longer have to fertilize all fruit trees in the course of the year. However, you should renew the lime paint on the fruit trees every year in autumn.