Palm Tree Pruning Tips

 
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When it comes to pruning palm trees, less is usually better. One of our biggest palm tree pruning tips is this -- you never want to over-prune your palms by subjecting them to what's called "hurricane pruning" or "hurricane cutting," where all but a few fronds are cut off.

Palms are naturally able to withstand the high winds that hurricanes bring, so removing fronds isn't necessary. In fact, it can seriously damage the palm tree.

When pruning palms, only remove fronds that are completely brown and that hang below the 9 o'clock or 3 o'clock position. If you hire a professional, make your wishes clear by putting them in writing. Explain that you want your palms to have a rounded canopy, not a mohawk.

Always remember that the point of pruning is to remove only dead growth!