Palm trees come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. The foliage of a palm tree is called a frond. Most palms grow fronds from the crown (or top) of the plant. Fronds can take three to five years to mature. A 2:1 ratio of juvenile to mature fronds ensures that there is a constant supply available to provide food to the tree. The bud area of the crown holds the developing fronds. As an old frond dies, a new one emerges. The new fronds emerge from the top of the crown so the mature older fronds are always those held at the bottom of the foliage like a skirt. Some palm trees are "self-cleaning," and the old fronds fall off; others require pruning to remove old growth.
When it comes to pruning palm trees, less is usually better. 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.
Depending on the type of your palm tree, We Do Trees will devise either an annual or biannual maintenance plan in order to avoid property damage from falling old fronds and avoid palm trees from becoming a fire hazard or visual hazard in your yard; if it blocks the views from your driveway or sidewalk.
Our tree care professionals will only remove fronds that are yellowing/ browning and that hang below the horizontal position. The point of pruning is to remove only dead growth. Removing these fronds not only prevents breakage damage, it also eliminates nesting places for rats and other pests. Our expertise pruning abilities will ensure not to damage the trunk of the palm as to avoiding wounds as they are entry points for insects and disease.