Transplanting Lemon With Yellow Leaves & How long Can I Keep My Grass Rolled Up

Question:

I have a lemon in a container that is flowering and has fruit on it but some of the leaves are now yellow. I’m concerned that it’s getting root-bound as it has been in the same container for eight-years. When is the best time to repot it, as I don’t want to shock the plant?

Answer:

  • t is not uncommon for ornamental and edible plants to be kept in the same container for an extended time.
  • Eventually, these plants become root bound and struggle.
    • A few signs of the pending problems are little to no new growth each year, an increasing amount of yellow leaves, and brown or burnt leaves from water stress during the summer months.
  •  Ideally, citrus should be repotted every thirty-six to forty–eight months. You shouldn’t be deterred because of flowers or fruit. This also applies to roses, Japanese Maples, Camellias, Gardenias, and any other containers.
    • This allows the roots to spread laterally into the new potting soil. With root pruning, we slice off three to four inches from the sides of the root ball and three to six inches off the bottom to create a space.
    • I know this sounds very harsh and many are very hesitant but it will not damage the plant. To fill the void, fresh potting soil is added, tamp down and then the plant is watered to complete the task.
    • Your first application of Citrus Food is made two weeks after repotting and is repeated monthly, through October. 

Question:

I have a remodeling project that is scheduled to start in April. Is it possible to use a sod cutter to remove the lawn, and then replace it when the construction is done? The sod will have to be stored for about three months.

Answer:

  • Sure this is possible but I’m not too sure it’s worth the trouble, as it is a little more involved than you outlined
  • When sod is kept rolled up, the grass turns yellow and deteriorates after a few days.
    • With warm temperatures, the grass actually cooks. Hence, the sod must be laid out in another location not kept rolled up for months.
    • Typically, there isn’t enough space in most yards to relocate the turf. So, the next best location is a driveway.
    • With the proper maintenance, you can grow grass on concrete. It’s done all the time with model homes. When the project is complete, you’ll then have to re-cut the sod, as the sections or rolls have merged, reinstall the grass and then power wash the driveway.
    • Personally, I do not think it is worth all the