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How to Remove a Palm Tree

Updated on August 13, 2014

Should I remove my Palm Tree?

Certain palm trees, like cocos palms or phoenix palms, need to have the dead fronds and seed pods removed regularly (six-monthly or yearly). As well as looking nicer, this prevents the seeds from clogging pool filters or gutters, and the fronds littering your gardens and rear patios.

If the maintenance is getting too much for you, then you can ask about removing the palm tree/s. Ask an Arborist, as they are qualified to help you with all you need to know.

GreenWorks Tree Care on the Spider Lift
GreenWorks Tree Care on the Spider Lift

Cutting the Palm Tree down!

If the palm tree is able to be accessed through a side gate or front, then it can be cut down by a man on an elevated work platform, such as a spider lift. If not, then a climbing arborist with all the safety gear should help you. (Also ensure the arborist is insured for public safety/work safety).

Particular care should be taken around pools when removing palm trees, because you don't want your pool damaged. Palms can weigh as much as a car!

There are also a lot of very large fronds to carry out and mulch, and some of these will not fit on a flatbed truck. Hence it is best to have the tree surgeon or arborist mulch the waste on site, which is also handy for your garden.


What about Stump Removal?

Well, in many areas it is more sensible to leave the stump. As arborists trained in this, we don't usually pull the stump out of the ground, as roots can grow around services deep underground (e.g. water pipes).

First we cut down the tree to just above ground height. In garden areas, any stumps can be mulched over, thus saving you an expense. However in lawn and pedestrian traffic areas, stumps could be a trip hazard.

Arborists tend to use a specialist stump grinder to access confined areas such as pools. The machine can be lifted over a fence to access even the most difficult site. Grinding the stump may prevent white ants from getting in, and also makes it even and safe for kids. Covering the flat stump with chipped mulch from the tree is an eco-friendly way to deal with it.

Fun Look at the Pros & Cons of Removing Trees

Arborist Tree Removal
DIY Tree Removal
Costs $150-$500
Is Free
Carries insurance in case of accident
Is not insured
Safe lifting or climbing equipment
Could fall and break neck
Grinds the stump down
Leaves the stump for insects
Mulches down chips on spot
Has to get rid of huge fronds, trunk


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