Most of my job as a horticulturist and garden writer is fun.
But sometimes, I have to be the bearer of bad news.
Last week, I was called to a home where the homeowners were worried about one of their citrus trees. Although I am a horticulturist, I am also a Certified Arborist, which can also be very helpful – especially when I am dealing with trees.
There was a large lemon tree in their front garden. They were concerned because they had some branches dying back and wanted to know what the cause was.
So, I stopped by and took a look at the lemon tree. At first glance, it looked fine – the homeowner had had the dead branches removed.
But, I had to look more closely, which meant getting close to the interior branches and the trunk.
What I saw in one of the remaining branches wasn’t good…