My name is Diana Elizabeth. My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I'm a journalist who went from writing about fashion and reporting on the LA red carpet to a photographer and FORD model. When I'm not behind or in front of a camera, I enjoy blogging about my home projects, and the things that make me happy with camera in hand.

I appreciate old homes, love adding fruit trees to our yard, and I firmly believe making a house a home is a wonderfully fun ongoing project. I'm bravely jumping into the domestic life hoping one day I will bake a homemade pie so I earn my badge. This is a glimpse into my life and work.

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Painting the Citrus Trees


Have you ever noticed the trunks of citrus trees – lemon, grapefruit, oranges are painted white?  Well, I decided to give our grapefruit trees a new fresh coat of tree trunk paint!

So, why do people paint the trunks white you ask?

No, it’s not for bugs.  Basically it’s to prevent your trees from getting a sunburn, especially when they are young.  They will get a sunburn, and it’s no doubt about that in this Arizona sun! The reason is because the leaves/branches aren’t long enough to shade the trunks.

The paint is basically non-toxic latex paint but you can buy special tree trunk paint anywhere. I bought two quarts of Arizona’s Best Tree Trunk Paint at Home Depot in the garden department.  One quart of paint is enough for one tree trunk and is $6.  It will take you maybe 45 minutes to slap on the paint if there’s already paint on there, adding another coat doesn’t take long.

Now, our trees are 50+ years old, actually a neighbor told me they were closer to 80 years old.  Woah. My neighborhood sits on a former citrus grove, so almost all of our neighbors have a citrus tree on their land.  So right now painting really isn’t necessary since they are mature trees, but it definitely looks great and so people still paint them for that reason.  And you all know I like to keep things pretty around here!

Before the front yard grapefruit tree:

Before, backyard grapefruit tree:

I’m not sure when the last time it was the trees got painted, but since I moved in almost a year ago I haven’t thought about the tree trunks until now.  So, off to paint I went!

After, the front yard tree:

And, the backyard tree (I also did some pruning afterwards):

Yes, I decided to paint our baby orange tree too since he definitely needs to make sure he doesn’t get sunburnt! After all, that was the real purpose of the paint, right?

Diana Elizabeth did wear her orange straw Anthropologie garden hat as she did this.

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  1. amy says:

    the baby tree looks so adorable with the tiny coat of paint!! aww!

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