Tree pruning is a delicate process requiring skill and expertise, and is best performed by Certified Arborists who understand how best to trim and shape trees. This is especially true for palm trees, where one bad prune can lead to tree damage and possibly tree death. Sadly, too many palm trees are over trimmed for the sake of protecting property during a hurricane or other severe weather, over trimmed because someone likes the look of an over-trimmed palm, but over trimming simply results in a tree left more vulnerable to severe weather systems and other factors, and with very little aesthetic value.
Rather than opting for what’s known as a “hurricane cut”, “10-2 cut” or “pineapple cut” with your palm trees, it is much better to leave the full palm tree crown intact, which preserves its natural beauty and helps it thrive throughout the year. Palm trees that have been subjected to hurricane cutting will often have their sensitive center core exposed to the elements, making them more likely to suffer from weather, disease or pest damage. The best kind of palm pruning involves leaving the palm tree fronds in place and performing minor pruning so that the critical nutrients within the tree are left in place. This assures that the tree’s health and growth and also maintains the tree’s value since the full crown offers more beauty and shade.
Correctly Trimmed Sabal Palm Tree
Incorrectly Trimmed Sabal Palm Tree
In addition, severe palm pruning can lead to a diminished palm tree trunk, which compromises the overall stability and health of the tree. A healthy, thriving palm tree has a thick, well-rooted trunk and can withstand the elements much better than an over trimmed tree with a weakened trunk and root system. Plus, the weakened palm tree will display unsightly yellow leaves and brown fronds, diminishing your tree’s value to you and your surrounding community.
To ensure your palm trees maintain a healthy and long-lasting life, contact the Certified Arborists of Embark Services today.