My Lemon Tree After Composting

My lemon tree was leafless for a few years…I almost thought it was dead.

So I decided to bring it back to life instead of digging it out. I bought some steer manure compost (2 bags) and mixed it with the soil beneath the tree and started watering it twice a week. I also added some coffee grounds from work.

Here is the Lemon tree after 3 months.

It is now 60% covered with nice bright green leaves. It was completely barren just 3 months ago.

Here is the base of the Lemon tree. I mixed some of the manure compost in with the soil then dumped the rest on top and spread it evenly. It really is amazing how this tree came back to life and has brighter and greener leaves then it ever did.

Here’s the steer manure compost. I bought it at Lowes for about $5/bag.

Here are some of the new leaves sprouting from the barren branches.

Tangelo Tree After Composting

I’ve had a small Tangelo tree for about 5 years and it never really grew much in that time period. It’s partly because of minimal watering and absolutely no fertilizer. My bad!!!

It looked like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree….only about 4 branches and a few leaves.

That has all changed in the past 3-4 months. I have been watering it 1-2 times per week and applied my own homemade compost. Wow what a change in 4 months.

I made a small compost bin out of a storage container and threw dead grass, leaves and some vegetable scraps in it. 2 months later, I had the darkest and richest compost you have ever seen. I dumped it under the Tangelo tree and spread it out like a mulch.

Let’s take a look at the Tangelo tree now…

It has a lot more branches and tons of bright green leaves. It doesn’t even look like the same tree.

Here’s a closeup of the leaves. You can see how bright green they are. Compost made a HUGE difference.

Was it fertilizer or water?

Watering didn’t make much difference because there were times when I got a lot of rain but this tree still never grew much.