Care of Palm Trees

    The Mediterranean, California, and Mexican fan plam will survive the southwestern droughts and are seen throughout the southwestern landscape. However the Mexican fan palm will struggle if temperatures drop into the lower teens.

    Palm trees love good soil. Be sure to ask for a good compost soil conditioner when purchasing palm trees.

    Use a good root stimulator to stimulate root growth for these type of trees. Green lights QT Root Stimulator is what we recommend. You can purchase this at "Color Your World" nuseries or Online Here

    Palms love full sun and soil enriched with Managanese, Magnesium sulphur, Potassium and Iron. Most soils do not contain these types of ingredients no matter where you live.
    Be sure to ask for palm tree fertilizers when purchasing palm trees. Carl Pool's Palm Food-4lbs. Will work for these type of trees. Pruning is essential to good growth and is considered excellent landscaping techniques. Below are some photos on how to accomplish this task.

    palm trees Palms love to be pruned when the fronds start to turn brown or yellow at the bottom.

    Be sure to wear a good pair of thick gloves before pruning as the fronds will have large hooked type thorns. Use a good pair of sharp cutting loppers. Corona Clipper 32" Professional Bypass Lopper with 2-1/2" Cutting Capacity is what we recommed.

    Do not cut too close to the trunk and only trim old browning type fronds. In case of a large over 20' tree you should call or consult with an arborist or landscaping professional.

    Always prune fronds at the bottom part of the tree. If the tree looks brownish at the top this is an good indication of insects or disease or temperatures below 32 degrees farenheight. Avoid small pruning shears. Do not cut too close to the trunk and only trim old browning type fronds towards the bottom of the tree. Remember in case of a large over 20-40' tree you should call or consult with an arborist or landscaping professional.

    palm trees In the Southwest the Mediterrean fan palm is the most hardiest followed by the California, Mexican, Sago and Windmill palms. All fronds in the southwest need trimming in spring after frost damage

    The California fan palm also called the Washingtonia filifera can grow up to 50-60ft tall. The Mexican palm is taller up to 100' ft tall. All palms are low water once established.

    palm trees Be sure to remove and dispose of fronds in a large container, you do not want children or pets close to these vicious type thorns. Dig your hole twice as wide and about the same depth see the photo to the left. About 4' wide and 3' deep.

    palm trees The photo to the left is what is what a good California fan palm should look like. Remember proper palm tree care, pruning, fertilizing and maintenance will make your landscaping yard a place to be noticed.

    If you need any type of advice concerning landscaping, gardening or tree help do not hesitate to contact us

    Article by: Paul Guzman

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