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.
A little research can yield several affordable backyard landscaping ideas. Save money doing the work yourself instead of hiring a professional landscaper. There is also a point of pride when the work and ideas are a true reflection of you. Minor changes can make a dramatic difference.
The first step should be planning the budget. Know up front exactly how much can be spent. Each item that needs to be purchased has to be written down. No issue is too small to note. It is the lesser priced items that can add up quickly. It may help to go to a home store or nursery and become familiar with the pricing of the items you are interested in.
In the store, a nursery can answer any questions regarding what to plant where. It is the same place to find out about the care and feeding of the plants and flowers chosen. Ask for ones that naturally grow in your area. Find out about what pests to protect them from and what is attracted to them. If you have pets, mention them, so nothing that they may ingest will harm them. Of course, a trip to the library can help but speak to an expert may be the best way to get started.
Graph paper may be used to plot out the backyard as it currently is. On this make a note of significant areas. Consistently wet areas, dry or dead areas, hills, trees, shaded or pine needle covered areas all need to be shown on the drawing. Do a new one with all the changes or improvements you would like to make. It helps to visualize the end product. If measurements are taken, it can help the person at the nursery give numbers of plants or flowers necessary to fill an area.
A healthy lawn is a beautiful thing. It also takes the time to maintain. If you do not wish to do it yourself, then it will cost money. It will need aerating, weeding, fertilizing, and mowing. If possible, you may want to consider a smaller lawn or just a small grass area for play.
Consider repurposing household items for planters on or around the patio or deck. Almost anything can be used, consider old vases, buckets, bowls, watering cans, or even an old boot. Use rocks or stones from a nearby river. An old table can stand in the middle of a garden or an old chair.
Outdoor lighting can be something simple like solar lights. These are not very bright, but they save money by not requiring electricity. They can be put anywhere regardless of where an electric source exists. If a pathway is made to various areas in the yard, these lights can be used to show the way at night.
A statue can create a focal point in the yard, a place where the attention is drawn. It can be something peaceful like a fountain or a meditation ball. Several backyard landscaping ideas can create a quiet oasis or a colorful, fun place. It can be whatever suits your personality and whim.