Welcome to La Palta Orchard Care. We are currently working on rebuilding the site.



My name is John Schnackenberg and I am a fruit tree care expert based in Santa Barbara California.  My mission is to bring my knowledge and experience to people with one to 500 fruit trees to insure their optimum health, vigor and beauty. I am currently available to take on new clients who want their single tree or small orchard to reach its full potential.


I grew up on a small avocado orchard in Carpinteria and have been around and involved in agriculture my whole life. I studied Fruit Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and earned my B.S. in 1987.


My strengths are in subtropical fruits like avocado and citrus but I have experience with nearly every type of fruit tree that can be grown in our area. I am also a licensed Pest Control Advisor whose primary goal is to create an orchard/growing environment that requires no pesticide use through good cultural practices and preventative actions.


I offer a wide variety of services including orchard/fruit tree evaluation, orchard management for single tree to 10 acres, soil testing, leaf testing, pest control (vertebrate, insect, weed, and microbial diseases), irrigation scheduling, fertilizer recommendations, recommendations, planning and planting new orchards, fruit tree pruning, and fruit tree grafting.


Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about trees and what services I can provide you.


805-729-6873 cellular

John@lapalta.com e-mail

www.lapalta.com website

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