How to Remove a Large Palm Tree

We are often asked to remove large palm trees that have become problems for our clients. Often they are too close to pools where they drop their seeds and fronds. Other times they were planted too close to the house and have grown larger then expected, posing a serious danger in a storm. And some times their roots become a problem; leading to the need for the palm tree removal. If you have a large palm tree that need to be removed, please call a professional arborist with tree surgery skills.

While removing large palm trees for clients, we are often told horror stories of their DIY large palm tree removal attempts. The latest of these stories was told by a client who wanted to remove a frond from his large Cuban royal palm tree. He managed to throw a rope into the top of the tree. He thought he would simply tie the rope to his Datsun ute and pull the palm frond off. However things didn't quite go to plan. The palm tree snapped in half and the large palm head crushed his new fence and caused significant damage to his property too. So we always advise clients to seek a professional when dealing with the removal of large palm trees. In saying that, it can be useful to know the steps we take in the removal of large palm trees.

Firstly, Tom climbs to the top of the tree using spikes attached to his boots. Then he ties off each frond and carefully lowers them to the ground. The ground worker lays the fronds on the grass below to absorb the shock of the large pieces of palm tree that will be dropped down next. Once the fronds have been removed, the palm is cut down in blocks and skilfully dropped in the palm-frond-padded area. Once all of the palm tree is on the ground, we feed the palm wood into the chipper to create mulch. This method proves to be the safest in refined spaces and in urban environments where the lawn, garden and edgings are often an asset to the client.

We hope you've found some useful information about the removal of large palm trees here. Large palm trees can be dangerous to remove yourself, so please, if you have a problem palm tree, call a professional local arborist.

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