All year, we wait for Spring to enjoy the two lush, beautiful flowering Chinese Fringe trees in our yard. The trees are completely loaded with fringe-y flowers for a full two weeks, sometimes longer.
We never tire of neighbors stopping by and remarking on the sheer beauty of the trees, asking us where we bought them. (We purchased them from Tru Value Hardware store on Trent Road/McCarthy Blvd. about six years ago, when they were young saplings.)
Unfortunately, we were so busy admiring the flowering trees and doing yard work, that we failed to notice a slow but steady downturn in our beloved Meyer Lemon tree, until the leaves were almost gone. It was spider mites again. The tree has turned ugly, at least for a while. After three sprays for spider mites, we finally have seen new growth, but it will take a while for the tree to come back. The spider mites are stubborn and there are still some on the underleaves.
I marked our calendar for next February. We'll check our citrus trees then for spider mites. They're going to be there every year, guaranteed -- we just have to spray before the damage becomes severe.
Our thanks to the girls at Pinecone Perennials for cluing us in on the spider mites. We do love that store.