Palm Trees – Part 3

Palm Trees – Part 2
May 3, 2018
The Power of Trees – Part 1
May 17, 2018

Palms are beautiful but messy, so be prepared for a lot of maintenance

The grandiosity and majestic appearance of Palm trees are what makes them popular and adored by many people, not to mention their ability to endure drought. They can enhance and liven up the look of a landscape. Nevertheless, just like other plants and trees, if Palms are not taken care of, they can get messy and unappealing. Palm trees need regular maintenance to keep them healthy and appealing.

Huge Palms can create troubles and inconveniences, particularly when falling palm fronds or berries block pool filters or gutters and create a mess on driveways and pavements. Falling fronds could be a hazard to both people and property as well. In addition to keeping the area around a Palm tree cleared of debris, there are ways to maintain your palms and prevent them from getting disease or insect damage.

The Sabal Palm is the most common among the many varieties of Palm trees in Florida and most of them grow with few problems. However, the Sabal Palm is quite vulnerable to weevils that strike the Palm bud where new fronds originate. Weevils are actually beetles that are attracted to distressed Palms due to lack of nutrients and/or Palms that have just been transported so their roots have not yet adjusted to their new terrain. Weevils commonly lay their eggs at the frond’s base and when the eggs hatch, they make their way into the Palm and eventually destroy the tree. When you suspect weevils are killing your Palms, it is best to hire a pest control company or a lawn care service to spray your tree.

You should keep your Palm trees from having a nutrient deficiency. Although this is not common, do your best to correct this early on. If you have a Cycad or Queen Palm see to it that you take care of the new fronds coming out of the tree top. If the fronds appear yellowish and crinkled, this problem is known as “Frizzle Top”. It is a condition that is caused by manganese deficiency in most species of Palm trees, but the most affected are Royal, Queen, Paurotis, and Cycad Palms. In order to correct this problem, apply 3 to 5 pounds of Palm tree fertilizer containing manganese around the base of the Palm. Make sure to use a hand held spreader instead of just using your hands. Distance yourself for at least 2 feet from the trunk when spreading the fertilizer. Re-apply every 3 months. It may take 3 to 4 months before the Palm reacts to the nutrients.

There are palms that develop splits or cracks on their trunks. For some Palm trees this is just a normal occurrence, however, it can also be an indication of lack of water or too much water. In order to regulate this occurrence, an adequate amount of water should be maintained at all times on your Palms, by way of hand watering or via an irrigation system. Filling the cracks is not needed, but if the cracks are deep enough, you can spray the tree trunk with copper to minimize the prevalence of fungus.

These are just some of the problems encountered with Palm trees. They are easy to care for as long as you know what to do and what to look for, in identifying a certain problem. Doing the proper maintenance is what keeps them healthy, attractive, and mess-free. For expert advice, it is best to hire a professional lawn care service company to assist you in proper maintenance of your Palm trees.