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Lemon Tree Removal
updated: Sep 26, 2013, 9:05 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone know why so many lemon trees were removed from the orchard at the corner of Hollister Ave. and Ward Drive in Goleta? The whole corner of the orchard has been leveled.

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 COMMENT 454584 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-26 09:13 AM

This subject came up a few months ago. The trees were old and not producing much fruit. They are being replaced with new trees. The giant mounds of soil there now, are where the new crop will be planted.

 

 COMMENT 454585 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-26 09:13 AM

It was a very old orchard and the trees probably weren't producing that well. Also, from the piles of dirt, it looks like the owner wants to increase the height of the surface.

 

 COMMENT 454599 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-26 09:38 AM

Are you talking about the orchard on Los Carneros by Calle Real? or are there two different orchards being replaced?

 

 COMMENT 454602 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-26 09:41 AM

The orchard in question is at the corner of Hollister Ave. and Ward Drive in Goleta.

 

 COMMENT 454603 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-26 09:42 AM

599 - read the blurb above.

Don't expect that orchard to be there for too long. The Greek church that's being built near by owns that parcel.

 

 COMMENT 454610 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-26 09:48 AM

45603, that's not true. The lemon orchards at the corner of Ward/Hollister are owned by another party. The church only owns the rectangular lot where the building is located, from the Hollister frontage in the North to the edge of the fields to the South (roughly Ekwill). Not one lemon tree on their property from what I can tell.

You'll see most local lemon orchards get replaced with avocados in the coming years. Not much money in lemons and the local orchards are past their prime.

 

 COMMENT 454637 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-26 10:50 AM

For one of the new roundabouts.

 

 COMMENT 454649 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-26 11:08 AM

St. Athanasius owns the property and they lease it out to growers.

 

 COMMENT 454651 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-26 11:11 AM

4637: Fact, or speculation?

 

 COMMENT 454662 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-26 11:27 AM

Another question: Does anyone know what's going on with citrus trees being removed along Los Carneros between the traffic circle at Calle Real and Covington Way? There's a large area being cleared.

 

 COMMENT 454731 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-26 02:01 PM

It's true that the City of Goleta is building two roundabouts on Hollister on either side of the Ward Memorial (East and West). These lemon trees are near that, but shouldn't be impacted by their construction.

Side note: is everyone aware of the incredible amount of approved construction that will occur in Goleta over the coming months? There are a ton of City projects like the roundabout, but these private projects are all approved, and others are pending and nearly approved. Check out the list at City or Goleta, Major Development Projects, Cumulative Projects List.

 

 COMMENT 454762 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-26 03:54 PM

bugs

 

 COMMENT 454864P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-27 12:34 AM

I wish I had some lemons.

 

 LALALALA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-27 05:04 AM

I'm so happy an orchard will be replanted! Great news, thank you.

 

 COMMENT 454916P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-27 08:55 AM

@610 - Actually lemons are BIG money this year for California growers. The South American crop had problems this year so the market wasn't flooded with their imports. The shortage has shot prices up.

 

 COMMENT 454991 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-27 01:34 PM

People be aware of the 'Greening' problems with citrus trees, there are signs posted all over local farms, it is possible it's here, maybe, not just Florida or So.Cal. Or maybe the lemon trees are old and just need replacing with new hopefully non gmo lemon trees. There are solutions via systemic treatments for the huanglongbing-citrus-greening threat. Check out your own trees to make sure you aren't subjected to no fruits on your trees. Please research and help solve the problems.

 

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