Should I use lime - Knowledgebase Question

Maricopa, Ar
Question by hosleyd8c
February 11, 2010
I put bark chips sold at your store as mulch around my oranges, the trees aren't lookling so good. I am getting ready to fertilize. I am thinking I should rake off the bark for it probably was acidic, should I add lime with the fertilizer? Can you eat the pepper seeds off CA pepper tree or Braizilian pepper?

Answer from NGA
February 11, 2010


I don't think the bark is affecting your citrus trees. Soil in the Phoenix area is quite alkaline so the acidic properties from the bark chips should actually help the soil. I suspect that your citrus trees need a little iron, not lime. I apply Ironite 2-3 times a year to help my citrus trees remain green and happy. Use in amounts as listed on the label which are calculated according to the size and age of your tree.

The seeds from a Brazilian pepper tree are not considered edible, although some people use them. The seeds can cause stomach upset and other problems so I'd recommend leaving them alone!

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