How to Paint Fruit Tree Trunks With Builders' Lime

Written by kimberly johnson
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Painting fruit tree trunks with a mixture of lime and water is used most often to protect the bark of delicate trees from sun damage. Lime painting is also commonly used to prevent pest infestations. The lime paint reflects the sun's heat, creating a hot surface insects will not cross. Lime paint applied to the bark of a fruit tree usually lasts for one to two growing seasons before it needs to be reapplied.

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Things you need

  • Builders' lime
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Paint stirrer
  • Paint brush

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  1. 1

    Place 1/2 pound of lime into a bucket. Builders' lime is available at most home improvement stores as well as at some gardening centres.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 1/2 litres of water into the bucket.

  3. 3

    Use a paint stirrer to thoroughly mix the lime with the water. The consistency of the solution should be slightly thinner than paint.

  4. 4

    Dip the paint brush into the lime solution and apply it to the tree trunk. Apply the mixture from two inches above the base of the tree trunk to as far up the trunk as possible.

  5. 5

    Allow the lime solution to dry completely for approximately one hour.

  6. 6

    Apply a second coat of lime paint and allow to dry.

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