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Name: Miriam Delagdo
Laredo Texas
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euny_me
Apr 16, 2017 10:17 PM CST
Im not sure what to do with my lime tree. I saw some type of syrup coming out, I do not know what is creating the damage, can this damage be from cats? my neighbors have cats. I also noticed some cracked limbs and we cut a whole piece because it looked like white , orange fungus and there is a lot of black ants on the tree. There seems to also have woolen aphids, and some white spots. I was going to put neem oil, i don't know if that's the best choice. Here are some pics, the last one is the branch that was cut. Sincerely, Miriam
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 16, 2017 10:39 PM CST
The hole where the sap is oozing out may have been caused by a woodpecker, or other insect-eating bird. If there's only one, I wouldn't worry about it.

Do check around the base of the tree for any more cracking in the bark with sap oozing out though. If there are oozing cracks right down near the ground this is bad news. A disease called "foot rot" caused by a fungal infestation will very likely kill the tree. It's most often caused by careless lawn guys using string trimmers and slashing the bark.

The other things in your picture don't look like anything to worry about either. Have you noticed the tree declining or not producing fruit lately? Does it have nice green leaves and is it showing some new growth for spring?
Elaine

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Name: Miriam Delagdo
Laredo Texas
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euny_me
Apr 17, 2017 10:00 AM CST
The tree has a lot of new small lime growing , it had a lot of flowers this past month. The tree already looked already declined when we got the house 5 years ago, I had a string around it putting them together , but it broke, I'll use a string again just to make sure its not so separated. The green leaves have some light yellow spots, not sure why. I have not noticed any oozing cracks near the ground, hope this is good news . Thank you for your response, its a big help and I really appreciated Smiling
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Name: Miriam Delagdo
Laredo Texas
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euny_me
Apr 17, 2017 10:04 AM CST
What a bout the white spots?
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 17, 2017 11:19 AM CST
That's just natural aging of the bark. Nothing to worry about. That's a really big, old lime tree. Just like old people, they get spots and bumps as they age.

A little fertilizer, sprinkled all around the root zone of the tree might help a lot with the yellow spots on the leaves. Buy a fertilizer that is specifically for citrus, though. The root zone extends underground well past the "drip line" of the branches, don't forget.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 17, 2017 11:55 AM CST
I agree But. Also !
Spray the neem to get rid of aphids.
Ants are farming aphids, and ants will be back !!!
To get rid of ants. Broadcast a dusting of corn meal/grits from trunk of tree out to a good 10 feet beyond drip line of tree.
Every year in spring, i buy a 5 lb bag of corn meal, and treat my whole yard, to include over fences. Usually no ants till the next year. Ants eat corn meal and die.
You have to broadcast for it to work. Thumbs up
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Name: Miriam Delagdo
Laredo Texas
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euny_me
Apr 18, 2017 8:25 AM CST
Thank you for your response from both of you : ) . I think I found a different problem though on my citrus trees . I was checking them yesterday and I think they have citrus green disease, I hope I'm wrong. Please look at pics. I think I have Asian citrus psyllid Sad
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 18, 2017 12:12 PM CST
On my phone its hard to tell. It does kind of look like the Psylid.
Before you spray, you better call ag department or your local farm co-operative. They will want to see.
Those psylids carry incurable disease. Get on phone rite away.
Please !😇!
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 18, 2017 12:27 PM CST
Yes, your first picture is an Asian citrus psyllid. The others, I think are scale insects.

If there is Citrus Greening disease in your area, then your tree might be affected. The psyllids do carry the disease. But not every psyllid has the virus in it, so it may or may not be infecting your tree.

As Philip says, do call your County Extension service and they will be able to tell you if the disease is in your area.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill

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