Pruning your palm trees before monsoon season can help mitigate debris and lessen the load of post-storm cleanup, saving some valuable time. Palms often have fruits and damaged fronds that are susceptible to high winds, causing heavy debris to scatter.
With palm fruits ready to bloom for the summer, it is important for storm preparation that these fruits are trimmed before, or soon after, the bloom occurs. The heavier these fruits grow, the more difficult and costly the removal may become. For your fronds, only the low hanging and dead will typically need pruning as the healthy and upright portions are durable in withstanding storms. However, any branches that have turned brown or are hanging below a 3 o’clock level on the tree should be trimmed or removed.
When pruning, always put safety first. Unless you are a trained tree worker, only prune what you can reach from the ground; avoid using a ladder or climbing a tree to trim it. Consult a professional for additional work needed or if you are concerned about any hazards. For more info on proper tools and equipment, please visit dlcresources.com/learning-center.