It’s hard to beat the intoxicating fragrance of lemon or orange blossoms. And who doesn’t love the idea of stepping outside to pick a beautiful, ripe piece of fruit? Yum. Citrus trees are evergreen, too. No wonder they are so popular with San Jose homeowners for their yards. But will citrus trees hurt your synthetic lawn?
It’s perfectly normal for citrus trees to shed leaves, or even fruit and blossoms leaves as part of their cycle of growth and replenishment. There’s no need to worry – it’s a natural self-thinning process that ensures the tree can physically and nutritionally support the crop.
Fruit trees require consistent clean-up
Citric acid will not stain your synthetic grass. That’s one of the benefits of choosing superior quality synthetic grass such as the products we offer at Pacific Grass & Turf. We’ve even tried to stain our products, but the grass stubbornly refuses to cooperate.
On the other hand, you don’t want to leave any tree’s droppings to accumulate on your grass, especially when it includes fruit as well as fallen leaves. The mess will be unsightly, and the fruit juice will become sticky, attracting unwanted insects and other bugs. Even though fake grass is designed to minimize the growth of mold and mildew, leaving debris to decompose on the surface will encourage bacterial and fungal growth.
If you’re an organic gardener, you may already know that citric acid can be an excellent natural weed killer. So use the fallen fruit for that. Of course, when it comes to your synthetic lawn, who cares? Synthetic grass doesn’t grow into the weed-fest that natural grass can become. (That’s not to say you won’t have a few weeds in the rest of your yard, though.)
Citrus trees are a great addition South Bay homes
Whether you already have a citrus tree or two, or adding one is on your spring to-do list, this article from the Mercury-News is full of helpful how-to and tips. And, by the way, spring is the perfect time to plant your new tree.
What should you get? Sweet or tart, big or little, citrus fruits come in colors and flavors to suit every taste and yard. You can grow:
- Oranges (blood oranges are a favorite of mine)
- Lemons – including the coveted Meyer
- Fancy citrus such as kumquats or calamondins (a mandarin x kumquat cross)
But don’t assume “an orange is an orange” when it comes to trees. Be sure you are buying a variety that is a good choice for our Bay Area microclimates.
You can plant citrus trees within your synthetic lawn, if you want, with the fake grass extending right up close to the trunk. But remember that trees grow. You’ll also need to water the tree while it becomes established and during unusually dry periods to keep it hydrated and healthy. You could water right through your synthetic lawn, thanks to its excellent drainage capabilities, but citrus trees require regular feeding, too.
Therefore, it will be easier to care for your tree and keep the ground under it clean if you leave a grass-free space around it. Or choose a different location for it – around the perimeter of your lawn, for instance. You can even grow dwarf and hybrid varieties in large containers on your patio or deck. Citrus trees prefer full sun, preferably out of the wind. Wherever you place yours, try to pick a spot near a window so you can enjoy the fragrant aroma.
Why Choose Pacific Grass & Turf?
Pacific Grass & Turf is the best choice for San Jose Artificial Grass. We specialize in the installation of artificial turf, putting greens, and custom landscape design for all of the SF Peninsula and the South Bay. Our Global Syn-Turf synthetic grass products are responsible for some of the most beautiful lawns in San Jose and throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. Our state-of-the-art landscaping products are the most realistic our industry has to offer, and the custom designs and installations we have created for your fellow South Bay Neighbors give the finest natural grass lawns a run for their money.