I spotted workers trimming the palm trees at lunch today. In Irvine, that involves a bucket crane and a chainsaw, with a couple of guys on the ground to pick up the fallen fronds and pile them off to the side.
This contrasted heavily in my mind with the tree trimmers I saw in Hawaii, where a guy would shimmy up a palm tree with a rope and a machete, then hack away.
I saw them rotating the crane to move the guy to a new tree, so I’m sure the mainland style trimming gets done faster than the island style… but then, we’re always in such a hurry here. Too bad we can’t do our landscaping on island time.
Interesting observation. Some people like to use old methods, because they are checked by generations, but i think the tech progress is great and tree trimmers in Hawaii cuts the palms with mechete because of the lack of equipment.
Too bad they are devaluing the palms. This type of pruning is call “hurricane cut” and it puts tremendous strain on the tree. To find out more-go to http://coop.co.pinellas.fl.us/fyn/ttarticles/may99.htm
Can you help me. I have several 50′ Qween Palms (I think) that need to have the fronds trimmed of at the top. When is the best time to do the annual trimming? I live in Arizona.
Thanks for your help.
can i cut some of the dead ends off the palm without killing it