Palm trees are certainly in abundance in Boca Raton! As plentiful as they are, they are a delicate tree that requires professional care and experience when installing and throughout its life.
Our experts know how to care for all types of palm trees and especially how to work with damaged trees.
A palm tree is a majestic part of your landscaping design and vision. There are many factors and elements, natural and unnatural, which can damage your beloved palm trees.
• Cold weather snaps
• Physical damage
While many other breeds of trees are very resilient to these elements, palm trees are surprisingly delicate. Their roots when first installed must be protected. The soil must be sandy and nutrient rich. Their trunks are narrower than many other trees as well. This make them very vulnerable to high winds and severe storms, which Florida sees a lot of!
Some common causes of damage or under-performing palm trees
Over-watering: Yellowing or brown leaves that fall off before drying is usually the first indication of over-watering. Palms do like moisture but require well-drained sandy soil.
Not enough water: If the tips of the leaves are dry and start to turn brown, check the moisture level of the soil the next day after watering. If it is still dry to the touch, add more water.
Fertilizers: A high-quality fertilizer with a slow release formula that won’t be washed away after few spots of rain. It is also important to avoid fertilizer burn. Our experts know which fertilizers to apply and how to apply them without damage to your tree.
Soil: The soil in which a palm tree is planted must allow it to maintain a balanced moisture level and be strong enough to support the trunk without damaging the delicate roots. We will recommend the right type of soil and will use the correct soil when installing a new tree for you.
Pruning: Over-pruning is usually the most common problem. Leaves should not be pruned until they are 100% dry and ready to fall off naturally. Pruning before a hurricane is not recommended. Better to tie them together so they are protected better. We can help you with all pruning and hurricane preparations so your palm trees always look spectacular.
Palm trees love the sun!
Not enough, or too much sunlight: Depending on the palm tree you have or want to have installed, it may require more sun that it is currently receiving. We will look at your landscaping design, as well as assess the soil in your yard and recommend the best place for a palm tree.
Palm trees can get sunburned too! We can help prepare your tree by acclimatizing it before installing it into its permanent position.
Climate change and your palm tree..
Cold Damage: In the past few years, Florida has experienced some colder than normal temperatures. You can get your trees protected from the cold in advance. This will protect them from internal damage and the risk of fungus setting in.
Can my palm tree be saved?
Depending on the nature of the damage or the condition, in most cases yes. Some of the repairs are simply the day to day care, but some may need the experts at Best Boca Raton Landscaping to help. We can come to your home and assess the health of your trees and ensure the right solution is recommended.
A healthy, well-maintained tree has a better chance of recovery than an unhealthy tree. By proactively taking great care of your palm trees, you better the chances of them living a long, strong healthy life.
Just like cold weather damage, the internal health of the tree is affected when struck by an impact or by lightening. Our experts will come to you and assess the damage and recommend a course of action or treatment that will fit your budget.
Leave the worry and care of your palm trees to Best Boca Raton Landscaping. Let our years of experience and expertise give you peace of mind when it comes to your palm tree care.