Palm Tree Trimming and Removal

Caring For Palm Trees

When determining the health and stability Palm trees, while beautiful, can be difficult to care for.  To some, the picturesque, island getaway feel that these trees evoke makes them worth all of the trouble while others would prefer something with a little less maintenance.  Whether you’re in the former group, or the latter, having the appropriate knowledge of how to work with palms is essential.

Palm Tree Trimming

As palms grow, their leaves will brown and start to droop before eventually falling off naturally.  This will affect the overall visual appeal of your palms and you may want to have them removed.  However, if you’re not careful, the trimming process could damage or even kill the tree.  If the tree’s trunk is damaged in the pruning process, it could leave the tree susceptible to rot and disease.

Additionally, over-pruning a tree will mean that it will have to be fertilized by the property owner more frequently to stay healthy.  That’s why bringing in an expert is important.  A tree care professional can help you to clean up your palms without damaging the tree or creating more work for you.

At Tree Care by Robert Miller, our team goes the extra mile by meticulously cleaning their saw blades between trees to ensure that no pathogens are transferred from tree to tree.  This step is often overlooked but is essential for the health of the tree.

Hurricane Cuts

Palm trees are most often found in warm, tropical climates.  Hurricanes are also found in these climates.  In order to make their palms more resistant to the high winds that come with these violent storms, property owners often ask about getting Hurricane Cuts on them.  It is believed that by cutting a palm to ten and two, it will be less likely to catch the wind in a storm, however, most people don’t realize that performing a cut like this will rob the tree of all of its nutrients.  If the tree is unable to get the nutrients needed for strength, ten times more likely to sustain damage under the pressure of hurricane-force winds.

Tree Care by Robert Miller will not perform these cuts.  Instead, we cut all of our palms to nine and three.  This will allow the tree to grow properly, in turn, making it more resistant to the sheer force of a hurricane. 

Palm Tree Removal

When removing palms from your property, first you must consider if the palm will simply be transplanted, or if it will be cut down and removed in its entirety.  

Transplanting is the process of uprooting the palm tree and planting it in another spot on your property or on the property of someone else.  In order to ensure the survival of the tree, it is important to retain as much of the root ball as possible.  It should be noted, that though a larger root ball will help the tree when transplanted, it will also make it more cumbersome to transport.  These trees thrive in warmer weather, so it is important to wait until summer before transplanting your palms.  

Removal is when the tree is cut down completely and hauled off the property.  Cutting down a palm is fairly straightforward, however, if you’re not careful it can cause personal injury and significant property damage.  A professional tree care team can quickly and efficiently remove the tree while also ensuring your safety and the safety of your property.  

“Jose’s crew was very professional and efficient.  Our three palm trees were trimmed in record time exactly to our specifications.  They cleaned up all debris, leaving the property as they found it.  The crew was extremely friendly and easy to communicate with.  This is our second experience with Tree Care by Robert Miller and they have exceeded our expectations both times.”

Jerald F.

“We hired Robert Miller Tree Service for some cleanup & trimming of 5 large trees, shrubs, and a few palms. They were punctual, professional, and very thorough. We were very happy with their work and were surprised at the length they went to clean up the fallen debris.

They honored their estimate and even did a little more. We would certainly hire them again.”

A. Whitacre

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