Citrus Tree Removal Service
18724 Hancock Farm Rd.
Dade City, Florida 33523
Citrus Tree Removal Service - We specialize in Citrus Tree Removal, Grove Pushing, Pasture Seeding and Pasture Establishment. Our Grove to Grass service offers a turn key transition from citrus grove to cattle pasture or hay field. We offer nearly 50 years of combined experience in pasture establishment, management and conditioning. For more information and service areas please feel free to contact us.
Citrus Tree Removal
- Citrus Tree Removal and Burning
- Servicing Central Florida
- Starting at $300.00 per acre
Grove to Grass Service
- Disking, Seeding, Fertilizing, Rolling, Culti-packing
- Servicing Central Florida
- Hay-Type Bermudas, Bahiagrass, forage grasses
- Soil Sweetening Legumes Forage Millets
- Starting at $450.00 per acre
Florida Citrus Greening
Citrus greening disease or huanglongbing (yellow dragon disease) may be the most serious citrus disease in the world. It is the major limiting factor for citrus production in parts of Asia and Africa. In areas where the disease is endemic, citrus trees may live for 5-8 years and never produce usable fruit (Roistacher 1996). At the time of this writing, citrus greening disease is widespread in Asia, Africa, and the Saudi Arabian Peninsula. It was reported in July 2004 in São Paulo State, Brazil (Coletta-Filho et al. 2004) and in south Miami-Dade County in Florida in August 2005. Citrus greening has not been found in Australia, or the Mediterranean citrus production regions.
Citrus greening pathogens are transmitted by insect vectors in the family Psyllidae. They also can be transmitted by grafting, by dodder, and possibly by seed. Even though the pathogens are bacteria, the disease does not spread by casual contamination of personnel and tools or by wind and rain.
Identification of Citrus Greening: The Citrus Greening disease often can be recognized in the field by foliar and fruit symptoms. Early symptoms of citrus greening disease are small yellow leaves on one limb or section of the tree canopy. The most diagnostic symptoms of citrus greening are leaf mottling that often ignores the leaf veins. The newest leaves may show symptoms resembling zinc deficiency, while older leaves have the characteristic greening mottle. Other symptoms are yellow shoots, twig die-back, poor flowering, and stunting. Fruit is small, poorly colored, and/or lopsided. Fruit taste is bitter, medicinal, and sour. Seeds usually abort, and fruit set is poor. Symptoms vary according to cultivar, tree maturity, time of infection, stage of disease, and other abiotic or biotic agents that affect the tree. Chronically infected trees are sparsely foliated and display extensive twig or limb dieback. Although symptoms can provide strong clues to the presence of citrus greening disease, final confirmation by molecular diagnostic tools is needed for regulatory purposes.
Florida Citrus Canker
A Homeowner’s Responsibility With Citrus Canker
UF/IFAS Okeechobee County Extension Service - January 10, 2005
Last week the Florida Department of Agriculture confirmed that a citrus grove location in our area has been identified as having citrus canker. This follows the announcement of another find in Port Saint Lucie.
After all is said and done, everyone has suspected for a long time that the presence of canker in the Treasure Coast was just a matter of time. No one entity is more susceptible to the importation and transfer of this disease as a dooryard citrus owner. However, a homeowner is usually very proud of the various varieties of citrus that can be grown in a Florida dooryard - bragging rights belong to the gardener who can show his northern neighbors the prettiest and the best.
It’s no mistake that Florida has always had a climate conducive to growing lots of citrus. But, Florida ’s climate has always had certain maladies that compete with a citrus tree’s ability to survive. Among the list of maladies for citrus survival, there is predominantly one that tops the list -citrus canker.
Citrus canker is a highly contagious disease that attacks the fruit, the stems, and the leaves, as well as causes lesions to the fruit. Although the disease is not harmful to humans, it can dramatically affect the health and vitality of citrus trees.
Unlike most citrus diseases, which are predominantly fungi (plant-like), citrus canker is a serious bacterial disease. It is microscopic (unseen by the human eye), and can be spread by wind, rain, humans (contact), landscaping (trimming, chipping, cutting, or pruning citrus trees), and fruit removal (peeling, buying, selling, transporting, picking, etc.).
When a disease is bacterial in nature, the only remedies that exist for its control are decontamination (chemical antibacteriants), or sanitation (burning). The best choice for control is decontamination by antibacteriants instead of the latter.
The latter choice (burning) involves the eradication of citrus trees within 1900 feet of the radius of an infected tree. In a neighborhood or subdivision, this would mean a substantial removal of neighboring citrus trees for many blocks. In the case of citrus growers, it means the removal of more than 200 acres per infected tree site in contiguous groves.