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What trees should not be whitewashed in spring: will do more harm

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Lime can penetrate the plant through damage to the trunk

The question of whether or not to whitewash trees in spring is one of the most controversial. What is known for certain is that some tree species will definitely not benefit from such care. Therefore, on the eve of the gardening season, it is important to know which trees should not be whitewashed.

OBOZREVATEL has looked into the matter and tells you which trees will definitely be harmed by whitewashing. An important clarification is that we are talking about treating trunks with lime.

Why whitewash trees

The main purpose of whitewashing is to protect the tree bark from sunburn in winter and spring, when it is not protected by the shade of the leaves. Also, whitewashing can protect the tree from trunk cracking during spring temperature changes. Finally, lime has a slight effect of protecting against insect pests.

What trees should not be whitewashed

Young plants may not survive this treatment. As long as the trunk of the seedling is thin and not fully formed, it can withstand natural conditions on its own. But whitewashing can, on the contrary, harm it. You can start whitewashing young trees from about 3 years of age.

You should also not treat sick and damaged plants with lime. The substance can get inside the tree and harm it. Cracks and other wounds on the trunk must first of all be healed in a special way. Lime also does not go well with fungal infections.

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