GVB logo 12-4-09.jpg                         Goleta Valley Beautiful News -     July 2010    


GVB goes to a summer schedule in July and August.  Volunteer opportunities available - Check the Volunteer Calendar-


GVB NEWS HEADLINES - STORIES BELOW     

·          July 2010 Residential Award – 5344 Paseo Rio


 GVB and CCC Initiate Project to Restore Oaks on Cathedral Oaks Road

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During July, California Conservation Corp crews assisted GVB in planted 23 Coast Live Oaks along Cathedral Oaks Road between Camino Laguna Vista and La Patera.  The trees are replacements for the declining Monterrey pines in the area.  This is part of a long term GVB project to restore oak trees along Cathedral Oaks Road.  An additional 26 oak and native trees were planted along Cathedral Oaks Road just north of Winchester Canyon.  CCC crews will be back in the fall for additional plantings, but are working through the summer on irrigating these new trees.    


 What are those bags around the trees?

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GVB uses temporary watering systems to irrigate trees in locations with no ongoing irrigation nearby.  The Green Treegator (portable tree irrigator) holds 20 gallons of water in a tough zippered pouch that fits around the trunk.  Water seeps out from pin holes in the bottom to irrigate the root ball over a 2 to 6 hour period.  The brown ooze tubes are a lower profile and thus fit under the branches of low-growing trees.  They hold more water, up to 40 gallons) and have emitters that allow controlling the rate of flow.  Both items are indispensible for keeping new trees sustained during the dry months.  


How Do You Kill Weeds Without Roundup?

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Smother them under black plastic cutting off light and air, and then let the sun’s rays cook them.  CCC crews above installed heavy black plastic to keep the castor bean under control next to new plantings at Northgate Dr off Cathedral Oaks Road


July/August 2010 Volunteer Calendar    

No experience needed, all tools provided. All volunteer opportunities are supervised by experienced Certified Arborists. Families welcome as long as adults are present to supervise their children.  Please RSVP at 685-7910 to confirm your attendance.  Community service credits available for all activities, bring your forms to the volunteer event.  

NOTE:  The volunteer program summer calendar in July and August will have Saturday morning sessions only.  Saturday afternoon sessions will resume in September. 

 Tree Care  

Sat. July 10, 9 AM  to Noon  - Dos Pueblos High School tree care.  Meet at 7266 Alameda Drive.  Learn young tree care and irrigation techniques from a certified arborist.  All tools provided, no experience needed.  RSVP 685-7910.

Sat.  July 17, 9 AM to Noon -   Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds .Caring for 2000 young trees.  Typical tasks involve planting acorns and seedlings for the next generation of oaks, pruning, irrigation maintenance, mulch and compost preparation, and repotting .  Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.   RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910

 Sat. July 24, 9 am to Noon   Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds.   Caring for 2000 young trees.  Typical tasks involve planting acorns and seedlings for the next generation of oaks, pruning, irrigation maintenance, mulch and compost preparation, and repotting .   Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.   RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910.

Sat July 31, 9 AM to Noon - Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds.   Caring for 2000 young trees.  Typical tasks involve planting acorns and seedlings for the next generation of oaks, pruning, irrigation maintenance, mulch and compost preparation, and repotting .   Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.   RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910 

Sat Aug 7,  9 AM to Noon - Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds.   Caring for 2000 young trees.  Typical tasks involve planting acorns and seedlings for the next generation of oaks, pruning, irrigation maintenance, mulch and compost preparation, and repotting .   Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.   RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910 

Sat. Aug 14, 9 AM  to Noon  - Dos Pueblos High School tree care.  Meet at 7266 Alameda Drive.  Learn young tree care and irrigation techniques from a certified arborist.  All tools provided, no experience needed.  RSVP 685-7910.

Sat.  Aug 21 ,  9 AM to Noon - Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds.   Caring for 2000 young trees.  Typical tasks involve planting acorns and seedlings for the next generation of oaks, pruning, irrigation maintenance, mulch and compost preparation, and repotting .   Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.   RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910  

Sat.  Aug 28 ,  9 AM to Noon - Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds.   Caring for 2000 young trees.  Typical tasks involve planting acorns and seedlings for the next generation of oaks, pruning, irrigation maintenance, mulch and compost preparation, and repotting .   Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.   RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910  

Litter Pickup

  •  Roadside trash collection in the Goleta area on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.  Trash grabbers and bags provided by the City of Goleta.  Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895 to RSVP   

Graffiti Removal


Goleta Valley Beautiful  News Briefs 

- Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan -The latest updated Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan information is tentatively scheduled for a presentation to the City Council on Tuesday July 20th.  Due to abbreviated Council schedules in July, the discussion may take place at a later Council session.     The City of Goleta is accepting public comments on the State of the Goleta Urban Forest, and the second report in the series entitled the Guiding Principles.  These reports will be used to prepare the Urban Forest Management Plan document.   Copies of these reports are available on the City of Goleta website (www.cityofGoleta.org) and at the Community Service Department office at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B.  The preparation of this report is funded by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, along with matching contributions from the City of Goleta and Goleta Valley Beautiful.  For additional information, please contact City of Goleta Arborist Bill Millar at 968-6848.

- Vandal chainsaws Heritage Trees at Dos Pueblos High School

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Beautify Dos Pueblos President Bill Parker and GVB Volunteer Trainer George Jimenez survey the site where two Heritage Tree Sycamore clones planted by Day of Caring volunteers two years ago were cut down with a chainsaw by an unknown vandal with a dislike of sycamore trees.  The trees will be replanted at September’s Day of Caring event.

The Santa Barbara Secondary School District recently fired a landscape employee at Dos Pueblos High for irresponsible behavior and damage to school property. 

UCSB Coastal Fund supports  Summer Internships – Welcome to new Devereux Greenhouse summer interns Evan, Jason, Justin and Alex, sponsored by the UCSB Coastal Fund.

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- GVB Board Positions Open – Due to graduating students GVB will have openings for a graduate student, under-graduate student and high-school student to sit on the Goleta Valley Beautiful Board of Directors beginning in September 2010.  For qualifications and application information, call 685-7910.

- GVB Website changes – Logan Franken has been working on upgrading the GVB website, and he has agreed to act as our volunteer webmaster.  Look for upgrades to the GVB website during the next few months.  Check the Education section for the beginning of a Google Earth Inventory of GVB planted trees at our local schools.

- Free trees and treegators - Goleta Valley Beautiful offers a free treegator (portable tree irrigator) upon request from any GVB donor member for the care of their trees.  Treegators hold 20 gallons of water and it is a convenient way to put the correct amount of water on your trees each week.    Goleta Valley residents can receive a free street trees through the California ReLeaf ARRA program,  and the Green Trees for the Golden State program through the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.   The property owner will be asked to water and monitor the tree for the first two years of its establishment.  GVB also offers to our members a variety of free native trees for your own property including Island, Valley and Coast Live  Oak, White  Alder, Black Cottonwood,  Sycamore, Torrey Pine, Redbud, Catalina Cherry, and other assorted trees.   Call us for further information at 685-7910

 - Honor Trees Still Blossom on Private Property: Although public planting sites are limited, GVB can also plant Honor Trees on any private sites as well as public.  Any trees planted on private property require someone to assume responsibility to provide ongoing maintenance.  For more information, call 685-7910.  Below is Lydia Swanson with a tree she sponsored at a local Baptist Church.

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Mentor and Citrix Online June GVB volunteers promote corporate responsibility to the community

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Volunteers from local corporate giants Mentor and Citrix Online took time off from work in June to on GVB community service projects.

Volunteers from Mentor, working in conjunction with the United Way, spent a day at the Devereux Greenhouse replacing the aging water lines with modern Blue-Line compression fitting irrigation systems, as well as a host of other clean-up and repair projects.

Citrix Online volunteers returned to the landscape project they sponsored last year along Hollister Avenue between Santa Barbara Shores and Palo Alto.  During a brief lunch time effort, the crew weeded , pruned and spiffed up the area.  A little effort makes a big difference.

 See website for additional photos www.goletavalleybeautiful.org  

Date                   Event                                                                       Volunteers    Service Hours      Trees Planted       Trees Maintained

6/8,9 Tues/Wed CCC – Cathedral Oaks-La Patera                                                                                     23

6/10 Thurs         CCC – Cathedral Oaks-Winchester Cyn                                                                          26

6/12 Sat AM      Greenhouse                                                                     1                          4

6/12 Sat PM      Greenhouse                                                                     1                          4

6/14 Mon           CCC – Watering Crew                                                                                                                                          150

6/15 Tues           Greenhouse                                                                   11                        56

6/25 Fri              Hollister Ave #2 Landscape Maintenance                    6                          7                                                            11

6/26 Sat AM      Greenhouse                                                                     3                        14

 

Totals                                                                                                        22                        85                      49                                161

The Cambridge Church trash collection crew is on vacation this month.

-Volunteer groups participating in June tree care included: Mentor, Citrix Online, Dos Pueblos High School, UCSB Honors Program, Environmental Affairs Program and Goleta Valley Beautiful . 

-Sponsors for these events included: American Recovery and Reinvestment Funds through California ReLeaf, UCSB Coastal Fund, the Hind Foundation, Devereux of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Foundation, Beautify Dos Pueblos, Santa Barbara Secondary School District, City of Goleta Community Services Department,  Goleta Union School District, and hundreds of GVB donor members.


Goleta Valley Beautiful Wish List

 

Please call GVB at 685-7910 if you can help with acquiring any of the following items, new or hardly used:

 

Folding pruning saws  - $25 each – we need up to 35

By Pass pruners  - $25 each we need up to 20

Non-kink 5/8 – ¾” garden hose, 50’/100’ lengths - $20 each

Leather gloves - $2 each

Non-chocolate granola bars - $15 for a box of 48

Outdoor shelves/cabinets (something that doesn’t rust)

Trencher – to install 2’ deep root shields

Compressor – for operating the equipment listed below

Stump grinder  - for removing old stumps so new trees can be planted

Jack hammer – for removing concrete so trees can be planted

Copier paper (recycled preferred) – 8 ½ x 11 – 40 reams needed

Wood chips for driving on – want a place to dump your load?

Spade shovels (fiberglass preferred) - $20 each – 30 needed

Compost – we can’t make our own fast enough

15 & 25-gallon containers - $4 - $5 each – hundreds needed

8’ round tree stakes - $3 each – hundreds needed

6’ square nursery stakes - $4 each – hundreds needed

Black plastic – heavy duty roll - $100+

Storage shed - $750+

Permanent GVB Office - Priceless


July 2010 Residential Award – 5344 Paseo Rio

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The North Patterson home of Bill and Marion Schoneberger at 5344 Paseo Rio is the July winner of the Goleta Valley Beautiful monthly award.  

It is no coincidence that the nature-inspired landscape of their property appears to be a but a continuation of the attractive, peaceful, greenbelt located right next door.  Three years ago, the couple worked with landscape architect Charles McClure to create an appealing, natural landscape which was low   maintenance, water-conserving and “very congruous with the adjacent open space”.

 

They carefully selected plantings which would provide year-around beauty, color, and interest, independent of the seasons.  A prime example are the two distinctive-looking, mature olive trees which flank the stone entrance to the well-shaded, two-story home. The trees are mature specimens, transplanted to the property three years ago.  Ornamental grasses, waving gently in the summer breeze, provide “movement” on the property, adding a tranquil ambience. Among the grasses are: Black Mondo Grass, Blue Oat Grass, and “Bunny Tails”.  Other selected plantings include: White Iceberg Roses, Red Day Lilies, Society Garlic, Pittosporum, Loropelatum, red-leafed Razzle-Dazzle, Smoke bushes, and Umbellata.

 

With the skillful use of outdoor lighting, even nightfall doesn’t dim beauty of this property’s appealing, natural, landscape. The olive trees are uplit, and even the grasses are highlighted, as well as the natural stone path leading up to the home’s entrance.         Lesley Masuda, Goleta Valley Beautiful

 

To nominate a home for Goleta Valley Beautiful’s monthly award, please call (805) 967-3001.


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