Palm pruning is the practice of trimming off dead or dying fronds,seed pods, flowers, bunches of berries, bracts, inflorescence, de-nutting coconuts and also the thinning of stems from clumping palms.
Certain palms, in particular the Syagrus romanzoffiana (Cocos/Queen palm), Washingtonia robusta (Cotton palm),Cocos nucifera (Coconut palm), Dypsis lutescens (Golden Cane palm), Roystonea regia (Cuban Royal palm) and Phoenix canariensis (Canary Island Date palm) need to have the dead/dying fronds, flowers, bracts and seed pods removed on either a bi annual or annual basis.
This is done for aesthetic and liability reasons and also to prevent the flowers and berries from clogging gutters, pool filters, attracting bats and littering walk ways, gardens and patios. Palm pruning for appearance and restoration is essential for maximising the beauty of formal plantings and to assist with landscape maintenance.
Palm pruning can protect against storm damage and the danger of falling fronds, berries, bracts and coconuts etc from palms in the vicinity of pedestrians, paths and driveways.
When pruning a palm, the removal of healthy fronds should be avoided as it is generally unnecessary and may place the palm under stress. In multi-stemmed or clumping species (i.e. Golden cane palms) entire stems can removed, this is generally done to reduce the size and height of the clump.
Phoenix canariensis (canary island date)
Trimming a Canary Island Date palm and shaping the trunk’s collar is a highly specialised operation which takes many years of practice to perfect.
These palms are a particular favourite of The Palm Guy who has over 17 years’ experience at trimming them to a quality finish every time.
Syagrus Romanzoffiana (cocos/queen)
Washingtonia Robusta (cotton palms)
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