WHEN AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD PALM TREES BE TRIMMED
It is noteworthy that you wait until spring to trim your palm tree. As a matter of fact, spring is the appropriate time to get your palm tree trimmed because even when dead fronds appear to be unattractive, they help to defend the palm from the cold in winter and heat in summer.
Palm trees do best when left alone, yes they do! When the older fronds had turned brown, dehydrated, and dead, only then do they need trimming. Palm tree gets food with the help of the green fronds, it is vital to maintain them so as to keep your tree healthy and strong. New fronds evolve as they grow every year and the older ones age and die. Trimming should, therefore, be focused on the dead fronds and not the ones with a spark of life. Basically, you should plan on trimming your palm tree about once in a year, wait a year (or longer) again before trimming. While you trim, do not over-trim them!
REASONS FOR TRIMMING PALM TREES
If you really need to trim your palm tree at all, you deserve to know the reason why.
- To avoid damage to surrounding property and home during a storm,
- To prevent injury to humans. Fronds are very huge and can inflict injury when the dangling ones fall where people are,
- To get rid of dying or dead fronds,
- To get rid of flowers and fruit stalks that could be competing for nutrients and energy,
- Improvement of visibility and safety near walkways and driveways,
- Dried dead fronds can easily attract fire. Trimming helps to remove potential fire hazards,
- For aesthetic purposes, especially for a commercial property where landscapes make the first impression. Keeping palms trimmed will ensure that they look appealing plus, it’s proof that they are maintained.
HOW TO TRIM A PALM TREE
You wouldn’t want to endanger your palm, right? You have to be skeptical about doing it right. While you assemble your trimming equipment, see to it that all equipment are sharpened and sterilized before use. Sterilization of tools before use helps to prevent the spread of soil-borne diseases. There is a variety of equipment used for trimming; clippers/pruning shears, hand saw, serrated knife, chain saw, and a host of others. However, each of these tools has a distinct function. In addition, tree size will determine which tool will be used for trimming. For a tall palm tree, it’s wise to hire a professional, no worries, at Leinad Tree Service we got you covered.
Get rid of dying or dead fronds. Start trimming from the bottom of foliage. Dead, dying and broken fronds are virtually found there. With care remove the dead and broken fronds from a tree trunk. You can as well cut back green fronds only if they hang at an angle below a line that is 90 degrees or parallel. Aside from this, on no occasion should green fronds be removed. Removing them deprives the tree of nutrients that should have been used for growth. Moreover, the removal of healthy green fronds can lead to the spreading of diseases and in a worst-case scenario, the death of the palm.
Carefully detach loose petioles from the fronds. This is done by taking loose petiole between your fingers and pull gently backward. Some of the petioles might be hard to pull off no worries, you can let them be.
If your palm tree is the flowering type, trim flowers and fruit stalks. Get rid of fruit and fruit stalks from the tree trunk. In fact, fruit stalk and flowers should be removed as soon as they are noticeable because if they linger for too long on a tree they can attract pests, suck away nutrient and energy and as such pose threat to people around.
Finally, pick up fruits, flowers or seeds that dropped in course of trimming. Discard trimmed fronds, petioles and fruit. See that fruits and seeds that dropped during trimming are properly picked up so that they don’t attract pests that can damage the tree in the nearest future.
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