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Having palm trees in your yard gives it a tropical feel. It is like you are on vacation, especially when you live in an area where the temperatures are warm all throughout the year. Although native plants are good choices to have when you landscape your garden, there is always a space where you can have a non-invasive and non-native palm that would go well with your other choices. Whatever type of palm you choose, what is important is to match its growth requirement to your area's site conditions and environmental elements. Palms are strong and hardy and could withstand cyclones and tornadoes.

Light requirements

Palms may be hardy trees, however they are also quite particular when it comes to light. You have to know the light preferences of the palm trees you choose. Those that thrive well in the sun should not be planted in a shady area, and vice-versa. Check your plant guide to make sure you give them the appropriate amount of sunlight.

The right temperature

There are many different types of palm trees and they come from various climate zones. There are those that come from areas that are scorching hot all through the year; some that come from the mountains where the temperature varies, and there are also several that come from regions where they sometimes see snow. 

Check the type of palm that you will plant in your garden, by also knowing the condition in your area, particularly at night. An expert garden plant supplier will be able to give you advice on which types will thrive well in your zone.

The right type of soil

Another thing to consider when you want to add palms to your garden is the type of soil available in your region because it will affect the health of the palm. Many palm trees do well in alkaline or acid grounds, while others are do not. Whatever type of soil you have, it must have good drainage. 

Caring for New Palm Trees

When you plant palm trees in your garden, give them about two to four weeks to get used to your yard before you add fertilizer. After the palm tree has established, a complete fertilizer should be applied four times each year. Check with your local supply store for the proper fertilizer for your area.

Water the palm trees frequently to encourage the formation of additional roots. The best way to do this is to create a dam around the root ball and add water to it so that the water will go straight to its root zone. A field-grown palm that is replanted will need more water than usual because some of the roots have been cut and it will need all the help it can get from getting the water into its system. 

However, take care that you do not over water the palm; since too much water will discourage root growth, which will in fact delay the progress of the tree. Water the palm tree about three to four times a week, with a little extra during hot or dry weather. For field-grown palms, watering it daily is advantageous and when the weather is particularly hot, it is good to water it in the morning and in the evening. Yellowed or browned lower leaves is an indication that the tree is still thirsty. 

If your soil has good drainage, prevent the loss of moisture and the growth of weeds by mulching. Dig about a 2- to 4-inch deep area and apply mulch, thicker at the root zone and thinner near the trunk area to prevent rotting and onset of fungal disease.

Maintaining a Palm Tree

Although a palm tree is generally low-maintenance, it still needs to be cared for and maintained so that its full potential can be reached.

While hardy palm trees can be sensitive to some herbicides, so before you apply weed control products around the tree, be sure that you check the nature and characteristics of the palm tree. Be careful that exposed roots, foliage and green stems do not get in contact with certain herbicides. You can hand-pull some weed growth or apply mulch instead. that way your palm tree will have vigorous growth and remain healthy.

Trimming a Palm Tree

Palm trees look better when they are trimmed, however keep in mind that frequent trimming will not result in faster growth. Most palm trees do not have branches, instead they have long leaf fronds, usually with long thick petioles. When the fronds turn yellow or brown or are broken, they should be trimmed to prevent an unsightly appearance. To get rid of loose petioles it is best that they are pulled off by hand. Likewise, fruit and flower stalks should be removed. Never remove the green fronds.

  • If the soil is fertile and conducive to growth you might find that your palm tree grows faster and there might be new growths at the base of the tree. If you do not want to have thick clumps of palm trees, thin them out and remove the newly sprouted ones.
  • When trimming the old and browned fronds, make sure that you do not cut the petiole too close to the trunk as this could damage the tree. 
  • Some palm trees can grow to great heights. If you have some tall ones that need trimming be sure to give us a call to allow for proper trimming.

Advantages of trimming

Trimming your palm trees keep them looking healthy and beautiful. It gets rid of places where snakes, bats, roaches and rodents can hide. Removing flower and fruits stalks will remove the possibility of providing food for pests. Likewise, it helps keep the surroundings clean, and avoids germination of mature seeds in unwanted places.


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