Palm trees are usually found in the southern parts of the United States, but some species that are more tolerant to colder weather can be found throughout the country.
These plants have always been popular mostly because of their aesthetic value and intriguing appearance. Also, palm trees are easy to grow, which is why they are a perfect solution for so many landscapes, both commercial and residential.
Even though most palm trees are not as demanding as some other types of trees, they still need regular care. That way, you are ensuring they remain healthy and beautiful. We are going to show you what to do to keep your palm trees in pristine shape.
Research Before Planting
The most common mistake is planting a tree in an area that is too cold during the winter, but some palm trees can actually die if planted in an area that gets too hot or dry during the summer. It’s best to consult professionals. They can suggest palm trees that are both good-looking and tolerant of your climate.
Prepare The Soil
Again, some palm trees are more resistant than the others. But, every single one of them will hugely appreciate if you provide it with quality soil. How do you know if the soil is a quality one? It is the one that will provide the young palm tree with enough room to develop its roots system. It is also the one that will enable the plant to get just enough water.
Water: How Much Is Just Enough?
Not enough and too much water can kill your palm tree just as easily. Most of the palm tree species prefer more watering, but only if you make sure it drains well. The tree will let you know if there is not enough water by turning the tips of its leaves brown. On the other hand, if there is too much water in the soil around the palm tree, the entire leaves will start to get brown or yellow, and even to fall off! Hopefully, you can approach the issue of creating an efficient irrigation and drainage system to support your palm trees – and not experience any of these issues.
Protect Palms While They’re Young
Even though most of us associate palm trees with hot weather and blazing sun, young palm trees can actually get significantly damaged by the sun.
It is therefore wise to create some kind of a shade for your young plants during the hottest periods of a day and a year. You can recognize a sunburn if the leaves go yellow or completely lose color.
Fertilize With Great Care
First of all, don’t add fertilizer when planting a new palm tree. This can very often drive to the plant not being able to develop properly, which leads to its stagnation or death. In fact, young palms shouldn’t be fertilized during the first couple of months after being planted. Once the palm is strong enough, it’s best to fertilize it several times a year, during late spring, summer, and early autumn. That will ensure the healthy growth of your tree, making it more resistant to pests and sicknesses.
Pruning Is Essential
Pruning is very beneficial to most plants if done right. The same goes for palm trees. Pruning your palms helps them grow better and become stronger, which eventually increases their health. Also, pruning is necessary to keep your palms looking great. Still, be careful not to prune too much. Make mistake here, and you’ll damage the palm tree’s health and appearance.
In the end, what’s the best advice on keeping your palm trees healthy all year long? Well, you’re probably going to hire someone to care for your plants. It’s easier and cost-effective. Be sure to choose your landscape operator wisely. Look for expertise, look for people using sustainable technical solutions, and look for a service that doesn’t go over your budget.
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