Call Us 07 5478 9119

Excellent service, Very Professional..

-David, Coolum Beach

Always 100% satisfaction

-Daphne, Buddina

was impressed by the friendly attitude of the boys and checking to see if I was happy..

-Bob, Mountain Creek

We found The Palm Guy experience to be very professional, courteous, timely ...

-Darren, Pelican Waters



Brian & his team are the best – good workers & always obliging, can’t think...

-Beverley, Wurtulla

The Palm Guy is a highly professional and customer friendly company - everything always goes without..

-Greg, Ilkley

 View More Testimonials Here 

Palm Pruning

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.

                                  Before                                                                             After

Palm Pruning Sunshine CoastPalm Pruning

Syagrus Romanzoffiana (cocos/queen)

                                  Before                                                                             After

Palm Tree PruningPalm Tree Maintenance

Washingtonia Robusta (cotton palms)

                                Before                                                                                 After

Why Spikeless?

Palms are not trees. They are actually in the grass family. Palms do not have a cambian layer, this means that wounds to the trunk of a palm do not heal. In fact a hole made in a palm will likely get bigger over time. These holes compromise the structure of the trunk and open the inner layers to infection and infestation. In fact, the fatal ‘heart rot’ disease that is destroying so many of island’s palms can be spread through spiking. This is the main answer to the question, “Why Spikeless?” In addition, the trunk holes ruin the pristine beauty of this most giant grass plant.

Professional Support for the Spikeless Method

”Remember that spike wounds on coconut stems will never heal up, as can similar wounds on woody plants such as trees. So once it is wounded and a hole is created, it can only get bigger. Fungi that normally would not enter the unwounded stem and cause disease now have a point of entry. These fungi can rot the stem after entering these wounds, weakening the plants, and leading to death of coconuts plants or a shortened life span for them. Chalara paradoxa is a very common fungus with a wide host range and lives part of it’s life in the soil, and can easily be picked up by spikes on shoes and then ‘injected’ into the stem wounds as the climber goes up the plant. Avoid using spikes to climb the palms for pruning maintenance.”

Scot Nelson
Associate Professor of Plant Pathology
University of Hawaii at Manoa

To discuss your palm tree needs with our experienced and reliable team and to organize an obligation free quote today, please call us on 07 5478 9119 or fill out the Contact Us Form