Common Steps in Removing a Palm Tree

Palm trees are treelike, flowering plants that are native to many warm climates. They are popular worldwide due to their height, distinctive appearance and variety of foliage. Many people prefer them as indoor houseplants or for planting outdoors in landscaped yards or public spaces.

Although palm trees are generally sturdy enough to maintain good health with proper care indoors or outside, sometimes they can become diseased or infested with pests that require removal. Because the trunk of a palm tree is not easily cut with everyday tools like clippers or saws, you will need some additional equipment for complete removal.

Why you need to trim palms and what to know before you do

Palm trees may be beautiful to look at, but they come with a lot of problems. Many people plant palm trees on their property because they are cheap and fast-growing. They produce large leaves that provide shelter and shade in the summer months and eventually bear fruit in the form of dates.

Unfortunately, both leaf and fruit production can create a mess around your home if you have not prepared properly beforehand. If this is not removed it will just continue producing seeds which means more germination, increasing quantities and diminishing quality over time. To avoid this happening you need to remove the palm tree entirely from your property.

Here are the common steps in removing a Palm tree. 

Step 1

Use heavy gloves for protection after removing any loose fronds on the palm plant’s canopy by using heavy gloves and a large trash bag.

Cut or pull off any fronds that are brown or blackened, as these may have diseased parts that should be removed to prevent the spread of the fungus. Any dead leaves should be cut away from the trunk first with clippers, then carefully folded into the plastic bag before it is tied up for disposal.

Step 2

Use a pruning saw to cut through the base of the palm tree’s trunk just above ground level where the frond removal was already done. The best place to make this first cut is on an angle about one foot out from the centre of the plant so you can work your way around the circumference if necessary to completely sever it. This will leave about 18 inches of the trunk below ground that will rot away after the palm tree has been uprooted.

Step 3

Dig underneath the palm plant by boring holes around it near ground level at about 18-inch intervals using an electric drill with a 2-inch bit attached. As you bore deeper, you should feel the top of the trunk begin to give way to your efforts, so keep digging until you can bend or break off whatever piece remains above ground. Repeat this process until there is no visible trunk left standing.

Step 4

Pull up on the root ball of the now uprooted palm tree to remove as much dirt as possible before transporting it to its final destination for disposal. You may need assistance from another person for this step if people are not available for hire. Sometimes, you can shake the palm tree free of dirt by striking it with a shovel handle or another sturdy object, but be careful to avoid damage to the foliage.

Step 5

Transport the uprooted palm tree away from its former home in an open truck bed or on top of your vehicle using ropes or tarp straps before taking it to its final location. The last place that these trees should go is into garbage bags for disposal, as this could harm sanitation workers and increase the risk of fire if they are placed curbside beside other waste materials waiting to be collected.

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