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Florida-based tree care experts information about when your palm needs an exit plan.

When to Cut Down a Palm Tree

Palm trees are an iconic symbol of tropical weather and leisure activities. Florida yards are often home to one of the 12 native varieties or one of the many non-native species that flourish in the area. Sometimes palms can become problematic, and there are several reasons that they may need to be removed.

Biological Reasons for Palm Removal

 When a palm tree begins to look unwell, it may already be too late. There are a number of contagious diseases that can kill palm trees. These diseases can spread easily from tree to tree and a host tree may need to be removed in order to protect the tree health of the entire area. Pests can also be an issue for palms. The tree needs to be regularly inspected for evidence of them. Listed below are a few of the pests that can be lethal to palm trees:

  • Caterpillars 
  • Sucking Insects
  • Palm Aphids
  • Spider mites 
  • Mealybugs

 If the palm’s fronds are looking yellowish, scorched, there may be nutrient issues or pest damage. If the fronds have whitish spots, this can be a sign of a fungal infection.

Aesthetic and Practical Reasons for Palm Removal

Perhaps your palm tree is healthy and shows no evidence of disease or pest infestation. There may be other reasons that a palm needs to be removed. Perhaps it has grown to a point that is no longer helping with curb appeal or home value, or perhaps it is one of the reasons listed below:

  • Throwing Shade: It may be that it is shading either your yard too much, and needs to be removed to give other plants space.
  • Root of the Problem: A palm’s roots can grow too large and cause damage to driveways, home structure, or plumbing systems.
  • Soil Nutrition: If the soil has changed and cannot support the tree anymore, it may need to be removed.
  • Neighbor’s Problems: The Palm may not be causing a problem for you, but it may be causing any of the above issues for your neighbor’s home. It will be something that you need to work out together.

Always Consult the Experts

You should never attempt to get rid of a tree all alone. You are risking injury to yourself and damage to your property. A tree service company is licensed and insured to do all forms of tree care and removal, and they have the equipment to do so. Consulting with an arborist may even result in keeping the palm tree in its place, but with proper tree health care. It may only need tree pruning or tree trimming. Allow a professional to inspect the tree and do a tree risk assessment. Then they will be able to advise the best course of action to take. When you call in a certified arborist, you just may keep your property value without losing the tree.

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