I’ve heard reports of small dogs being taken while on leashes. Hi Joseph, Yes, you can prune your lemon tree, and there are some things to keep in mind when you do. Lemons that are ready to be picked also have a slightly glossy appearance. Bicyclist vs. snarling dog on San Jose bike trail: What would you do? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Something is consuming only the rinds throughout our little 6-foot tree until nothing but the pulp is left hanging. A lot depends on the situation and the desperation of the raptor. Lemons are ready to pick as soon as they are yellow or yellow green in appearance and firm. What’s eating the Meyer lemon peels and leaving the pulp on the tree? Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips! A Home Remedy for Aphids on an Inside Lemon Tree. Dollars and Pets: Dangerous plants to your pets It’s better to wait until they are the right size and not worry so much about color than to wait for them to be completely yellow. Because lemon trees can have branches close enough to the ground for roof rats to easily climb into, prune off lower branches to raise the canopy. They do the exact opposite with oranges, gnawing a hole in the rind and eating the juicy pulp, leaving an empty husk for the disappointed fruit grower. Pit bull adoptions are sponsored by Santa Con Hayward. Log in or sign up to leave a comment log in sign up. Sign up for our newsletter. She also writes about gardening and is the founder of Our Garden, a demonstration garden in Walnut Creek. That actually keeps your lemon tree from having excessive ripening fruit that weighs down branches. Not sure but some little critter is stealing the peel off the lemons but leaving the lemons still on the tree. Just moved to a new home that has a lemon tree in the backyard, is it safe to eat those lemons? DEAR JOAN: I feel that I should respond to your letter to the owner of the 11-pound papillon that was killed in her backyard, by what you believe was a hawk, eagle, or great horned owl. Q: What has been nibbling on and peeling my lemons? Pests - Lemons, as we know, are part of the citrus family and therefore are susceptible to a range of common pests. Does my Shih Tzu need a holiday sweater this winter? DEAR STEVE: Thanks for sharing your story. It's natural for a Meyer lemon to do this, because it often sets much more fruit than it can ripen. The shelter also will have a 4th of July tip sheet on how to keep your pets safe and at home during the holiday, and information on the myths and truths about pit bulls. Joan Morris is the pets & wildlife columnist for the Bay Area News Group. There is nothing fresher smelling or tasting than a ripe lemon from your very own lemon tree. Grasshoppers, caterpillars and snails also feed on lemon tree leaves. Mystery lemon peelers - which pests eat the skin and leave the fruit behind? Morris started her career in 1978 as a reporter for a small New Mexico newspaper. Get Morning Report and other email newsletters. The fruit will be 2 to 3 inches (5-7.5 cm.) DEAR JOAN: Any idea what could be eating my Meyer lemon fruit rinds? First, do not prune your tree … A bird perhaps lining its nest to disinfect or drive away ants? How to Pick Lemons. Watering citrus trees, like lemon, can be somewhat tricky, as too little or … You cannot imagine the horror I felt as our family’s beloved pet’s life was ended this way. Potted lemon trees (Citrus limon) will flower and fruit just like trees in your yard, if you take care of them. Plants For Sunrooms: Enjoying Sunroom Plants Year Round, Soft Lemon Fruit – Why Container Grown Lemons Have Gone Soft, Hand Pollinating Lemon Trees: Tips To Help Manually Pollinate Lemons, Olive Preservation Guide: How Do You Brine Olives, Thanksgiving Flower Decor: DIY Floral Thanksgiving Arrangements, Garden Thanksgiving – Reasons To Be A Thankful Gardener, Care Of Celandine Poppy: Can You Grow Celandine Poppies In The Garden, Carpetweed Control: How To Get Rid Of Carpetweed, Rooting Grapevines: Tips For Transplanting Grapevines And Grapevine Propagation, Chocolate Scented Daisy: Tips For Growing Chocolate Flower Plants, The Bountiful Garden: Bringing The Garden To Thanksgiving, Overwintering Containers And End Of Season Cleanup, Must Have Winter Shrubs – Top 7 Shrubs For Winter Interest, Enclosed Porch Garden – Indoor Gardening On The Porch.