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    Getting rid of fruit trees in Sun City

    We have five, four orange and one lemon.

    I'd like to plant in their place native desert plants that use less water, bloom at different times, and support native wildlife.

    Can anyone recommend a fruit tree removal company?

    Should I keep the lemon tree?

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    I would keep the lemon and one orange unless you don't like oranges. You can always remove later. I had a big grapefruit tree removed because it died when my landscape system failed in hot weather and I didn't know it. It had huge (I mean huge) deep roots and not easy to remove. I wouldn't recommend the people who removed mine though. Just giving my 2 cents about the citrus

    I loved that old tree and it provided great shade, didn't care as much about the fruit. Citrus smells so amazing when it flowers...few flowers smell that good. Citrus also attracts a beautiful yellow butterfly, the giant swallowtail, because it it's the host plant. It's the largest butterfly in the US. I worry about them in SC as people remove citrus because I'm as much a butterfly as I am bird lover. Such a beautiful big yellow butterfly. I've seen them in SC.

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    We have one simple philosophy...if it grows, it goes.
    Sun City=Community before corporation, people before politics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BPearson View Post
    We have one simple philosophy...if it grows, it goes.
    I've heard that ridiculous quote before. If everyone thought that way we'd all die. Then you keep all the CO2 that trees absorb and make the air healthy. And don't ever look at a bird. Imagine Sun City with zero trees. Even the desert has trees. There's nothing simple about your philosophy.
    Last edited by Cynthia; 10-13-2017 at 01:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia View Post
    I've heard that rediculous quote before. If everyone thought that way we'd all die. Then you keep all the CO2 that trees absorb and make the air healthy. And don't ever look at a bird. Imagine Sun City with zero trees. Even the desert has trees. There's nothing simple about your philosophy.
    Nope, only ridiculous in your world of evergreen. And that goodness, i don't belittle you for it. Though i am sick of picking, sweeping and blowing all those damn bougainvillea flowers out of my driveway and backyard.

    Oh well, too each their own. Dang, i thought liberals were more tolerant.
    Sun City=Community before corporation, people before politics.

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    If you've got any Arizona sweet oranges, keep a tree. Best orange juice I've ever had. Our condo association got rid of ours. I'm bummed. For the record, we've gone to a desert landscape in our front courtyard. Nothing in our front or rear courtyards needs irrigation.
    You can call me Mick.

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    I never said you can’t remove some, especially if they produce excessive litter. But to remove all trees and plants destroys the homes of beneficial insects, birds, and the oxygen CO2 exchange. Trees are not just for beauty. All the concrete we lay in cities increases the heat. We have to do these things to live but we need to help balance it with trees and plants. Not just for beauty.

    I don't live life as a liberal. i look at each thing and make a decision. But I do find it odd you can't take a rant BP. You do your share of ranting too.
    Last edited by Cynthia; 10-13-2017 at 01:21 PM.

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    OK, play nice kids.
    There is a lot to be said for a landscape of native plants.
    IMHO growing citrus in a a desert isn't logical, takes a lot of water I imagine.
    Who am I to talk though, I would love to have a mandarin in my back yard.

    Bill can remove all his growing things, the rest of us will make up for it.

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    Growing any food in the desert might not sound logical, but we eat. Native plants are best for general purposes. An orchard no, but having one or two citrus is a good thing if you eat them. And they don't drop many leaves so not messy either.

    If you do decide to keep one orange tree, Emily, I suggest waiting until the fruit matures and tasting it first before you remove them. Some taste better than others.

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    Really good points everyone. I forgot about the wonderful smell earlier in the year. That was heavenly.

    The hummers have claimed one of the trees as their feeder lookout. And there are more butterflies out this way.

    I think we'll have to keep them and make the decision in the spring based on taste and smell, as was suggested. Thinking of keeping an orange and the lemon.

    Mick, I remember your courtyard was spectacular and I envied the two car garages. But it sounds like your condo board is a smart one and really proactive. Wish it could have been that way with ours.
    Last edited by Emily Litella; 10-13-2017 at 05:02 PM.

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