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Apr 26

How to Read Your Palm Trees

Posted on April 26, 2017 at 1:42 PM by Adam Testa

Arizona is home to several different species of palm trees, with predominant varieties being date palms and Mexican fan palms. There are several do’s and don’ts when caring for palms.

Do:

  • Remove dead fronds to a 180-degree cut - 9 and 3 o’clock as you look at the tree
  • Use a hydraulic lift, as opposed to spiked boots, to trim as a safety precaution
  • Remove fruit clusters to avoid sidewalk staining
  • Remove seeding branches

Don’t:

  • Remove fronds higher than a 45-degree angle
  • Use dull tools
  • Remove more than 25 percent of fronds at a time
  • Use spiked boots to climb

It’s best to prune Mexican fan palms in June and date palms in July for control of fruit production and staining.