I am new owner of a orange tree in my back yard and the trunk is painted white and there is cardboard around the bottom of the tree and I'd like to know why.  I am a novice at gardening.
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It reflects the sun so the trees don't sunscald. If they ger a lot of direct sun, the back dies and peals.
I would put up a trail cam and watch, look and find out why.  I am thinking maybe a local male dog is visiting.............you might need a fence...........Years ago people painted the trees with lime paint  to keep bugs off and you can see the tree when light hit it at night time.  Happy summer.
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