Palm Removal Info

What are the differences between removing a palm tree as opposed to removing a tree?

Palm trees are known as monocotyledons which makes them more closely related to grass or flowering plants than trees, they don’t have the wood that makes a tree a tree. Instead they have a stingier more fibrous interior. If you cut the bud off a plant before it flowers, it can no longer produce a flower. Palm trees work very much in the same way with their leaves (fronds) are part of an ever-flowering bud. If you remove the top of a palm tree they will not continue to grow. The stump will dry out and die.

How do I maintain my palms?

Think about cutting back a palm tree if you notice dead or dying fronds. Removing these fronds by pruning palms not only prevents breakage damage, and possible health and safety risks, but also eliminates nesting places for pests.

Can I sell my palm tree?

There are instances where people sell their palm trees, especially more slow growing, specimen varieties such as the Canary Island Date palm. The logistics of moving such palms can be immense, think about the location of the palm, obviously a palm in the front garden is more accessible than a palm in the back, which may require a crane to move it. The cost of moving a palm could essentially cost more than the palm itself. You must bear in mind that moving palms also stresses them greatly, so even if the operation was successful, the palm could die, rendering the whole process a waste of time and money.

Is there any additional cost to removing a palm tree?

Palm trees are not so difficult to remove, but can be extremely costly to remove and tidy up, this is because the stems are not always easy to put through a wood chipper as they are not made from wood, which can easily result in blockages, making the job longer to complete. Furthermore, it’s more difficult to get rid of palm mulch, this adds further time and cost to a job.

Why do I need to prune the fronds?

Pruning of the dead, and dying fronds improves the visual appearance of a palm and has various other benefits such as:

  • To remove potential fire hazards, especially near buildings or homes
  • To increase visibility and safety near driveways or sidewalks
  • To prevent damage to buildings or homes during high winds•To remove fruit, seeds and flowers
Do Palm tree roots damage my house?

Possibly in clay soil,Palm roots aren’t woody expanders like other trees. They have a large root ball which consists of thousands of fibrous roots the size of your fingers. The root ball creates a lot of compression force as it gets larger. This can cause heave and damage houses, walls and property.