Feed cit­rus trees (but don’t prune).

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Give those hard-work­ing cit­rus trees a hand­ful of cit­rus-spe­cific fer­tiliser now. Just scat­ter it un­der the tree, out to the dripline, and wa­ter it in well. You can also give these gross feed­ers (aka greedy guts!) a mulch of nour­ish­ing sheep pel­lets and ap­ply an or­ganic spray­ing oil to tackle sap-suck­ing pests like scale and mealy­bug. But don’t try to thin con­gested growth or prune to shape your cit­rus now. Be­tween Au­gust and April, the na­tive lemon tree borer is ac­tive and will scent the sap of any newly cut branches from miles away.

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