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Looking to improve the appearance of your palm trees?

Here are a few ways to keep your palms beautiful and healthy by having them regularly trimmed and properly maintained:

1. The right cut.  Removing dead and dying lower fronds improves the appearance of the palm and enhances your overall curb appeal. Dead and dying fronds and loose petioles are weakly attached to some palms and can place people and property at risk should they fall from tall palms. Seed pods or fruit clusters (i.e. coconuts) can also be removed, and should be removed specifically in public landscapes where falling fruit and flower debris can be messy as well hazardous.

Palm Trees receive their nutrients from their fronds which helps maintain its overall health, so only palm fronds that hang below a line parallel to the ground should be removed. Over pruning a palm tree can reduce their overall appearance and vigor, transmit diseases, reduce their health nutritionally, affect their ability to withstand the cold as well as lower their wind tolerance. This can result in a sickly looking palm tree that may not survive and leave you with the costs of attempting to restore it or having to remove the tree all together.

There are many species of palms that are self cleaning, meaning there palm fronds naturally fall off on their own. Some of the popular self cleaning palms include: Royal Palm, Foxtail Palm and Christmas Palm. Although they are self cleaning, there will be occasional debris that will need to be picked up or seed pods to be removed if desired. Some of the more popular palms which will need cleaning occasionally include: Coconut Palms, Queen palm, Robellini Palm and Washington Palm.

2. Give them some vitamins: In South Florida, the soil in certain areas can lack the vital nutrients in order promote the healthy growth of palm trees, resulting in sickly and unattractive looking palms. Nutrient deficiencies tend to occur more frequently with non-native palms and other palms that are in commercial developments.

  • First, a specially formulated fertilizer is needed to deliver the right amount of quality nutrients back to the palm tree in order to promote proper root development, vigor and long-term health of the tree.
  • Then a yearly program should be established for affected palms that will include the fertilization of mature palms 3-4 times per year, specifically during the growing season of March thru October. One application is not sufficient enough to help the tree and is a waste of time and money.

If left untreated, a palm tree with a nutrient deficiency will deteriorate rapidly in appearance and eventually die, resulting in the loss of a beautiful asset, ultimately leaving you with the cost to remove and replace the dead tree.

3. Be kind to the trunk. Palms are monocots which means palm trees do not have a continued outward growth in their trunks like a typical tree where new wood is being formed. A palm’s trunk may appear to grow like a tree but in reality it is an expansion of the tissue first formed. Be especially careful when pruning and avoid anything that you think can damage the trunks, such as nailing things into the trunk (bird feeders, signs, etc) or tying ropes or chains around them too tightly. If you damage the trunk of your palm, there is a good chance the damage will not heal and the wound could be fatal.

4. Keep their size in check. Clumping palms, such as the Areca Palm, may need to be thinned out or have new growth pruned off when these type of palms get too big for the space in which they are growing and overtake/ damage the surrounding landscape and various structures such as decks and fences.

Keep your palm trees beautiful by having them professionally trimmed and maintained by our certified tree trimmers at No Worries Property Maintenance.

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