Palm Tree Trimming
In Arab countries they have a saying: Men shave every day, palm trees are shaved only once a year.
This is related to trimming leafs and if we don’t trim palm tree leaves that are dry and hanging down, this first of all will help the birds to do their messy bit in the protection of the dry leafs and as well dirtying the area and falling on the street a patio or another place where heavy leaves can hurt someone or damage property. You could be held responsible for this if it happens, and you want to be sure to prevent any one of these unfortunate episodes and expenses. Here I´ll give you some basic tips on palm tree trimming.
Dry and hanging down palm tree leaves will eventually fall on their own, so trim before that happens. In general the trimming is usually done in the winter when the palm has already taken its energy from the old hanging down leaves, and in a state of dormancy because of the cold temperatures. I´m not going in detail in palm tree trimming because there are dozens of species and each have its own trimming technique.
There are palms that you only need an x-acto knife or trimming scissors and palms with much denser and heavier leaf shooting that you will need a fine toothed saw to leave a clean cut.
There are two ways of palm tree trimming. Simply cutting the old leaves and another way is a cosmetic point of view, which is to get the trunk looking clean to each ones taste and of course keep in mind your time factor. You can use a chainsaw just to clear the area were you are working leaving a stump for final clean cutting. Don’t use a chainsaw for final cutting, it can leave rough and open pores that can provoke the trunk to rotting.
If you want to do it yourself and save some bucks, small and medium sized palms can be reached and cleaned using a ladder, making sure you have someone to assist you. Now how about taller ones?
You can always rent a small lift or if you are into radical sports and you know what you are doing and always with the assistance of a friend you can throw a mountain climbing rope with some sort of weight on the end, over the palm tree, have it fastened through to a secure and heavy object with a latch and on the opposite end the rope tightly knotted to your climbing belt. Your friend will assist pulling you as you climb the tree and “shave the palm”.
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