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Lake wales, fl
Oct 8, 2017 8:12 AM CST
Can u plant citrus trees near your garden?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Oct 8, 2017 8:52 AM CST
Probably - as long as there is room enough so that the roots are not going to crowd out the other plants' and it won't create a shade issue.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Oct 8, 2017 9:11 AM CST
If you have sandy soil that would allow the lemon tree roots to grow deep, there shouldn't be a problem. But in heavy soils, citrus tree roots are very shallow. If you attempted to dig under a tree growing in clay or poor draining soils, you would injure the tree roots.
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Oct 8, 2017 5:46 PM CST
I wouldn't plant any tree within about 10ft. of a garden. You wouldn't be doing any good for either the tree or the garden plants to make them compete with each other. Also be sure the tree is on the north side of the garden or it will shade your garden plants. Healthy citrus have a fairly dense canopy so not much likes to grow in their deep shade.

Citrus generally have their feeder roots fairly near the surface in our sandy soil here, so any plants growing within the drip line of the tree will be stealing water and nutrients from the tree. It's not recommended even to grow grass around citrus trees.

Btw, it's taking quite a risk to plant any citrus in Florida at the moment.

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