To keep palm trees healthy and growing beautifully, it is very important to trim and prune them correctly. If they are not properly trimmed, the effects can be devastating and can injure the palm tree. An important thing to remember when trimming a palm tree is that it is better to take off less than too much.
The trimming of palm trees should only be done to remove the damaged, dead, or yellowing palm fronds. Flowers and seed clusters can also be removed. Always remove as little as possible if the palm tree appears to be healthy, and do not remove any live fronds.
On average, palm trees will produce about one new frond per month during its growing season. It#039;s important not to remove more fronds that the tree will naturally replace through new growth. Removing too many fronds is unhealthy for the tree since fronds produce the food necessary for the palm trees survival.
When trimming palm trees, trim the bases of palm fronds close to the trunk, but never right up against the trunk. Trimming too close to the trunk can damage it, leaving a place for disease to enter the tree. Diseases such as Fusarium Wilt can have devastating effects on palm trees, and they can enter trees through a damaged trunk.
Never pull off or tear fronds by hand, even if it appears that they will come off easily that way. Pulling and tearing can leave a spot of damage on the trunk, allowing disease to enter. A chainsaw is the preferred equipment to use to trim a palm tree.
As a general rule, at least six fronds should remain when a palm tree is trimmed, but this will depend on the number of live fronds still on the tree. It is never good to trim more than necessary, thinking that by doing so that the palm tree will not need to be trimmed again for a while.
Keep these tips in mind to keep palm trees beautiful and healthy. Create a gorgeous tropical appearance in any space by taking great care of palm trees.