For most homeowners, having a few palm trees on their property brings joy and admiration. However, when palms get too tall or the fronds become unbalanced, it can become a nuisance. Overgrown palm trees can become a serious problem, if not properly maintained and managed. Palm trees can outgrow their natural environment quickly and can spread to areas where they are not desired or tolerated. Unchecked growth not only causes an unsightly landscape, but also produces numerous other problems for property owners who must address them. In this blog post we will discuss why overgrown palm trees occur so you can avoid these scenarios in your own yard!

Why does an overgrown palm need to be removed?

An overgrown palm tree isn’t just an eyesore in your yard, it can also be a hazard to your property and your family. Prone limbs or trunks of tall palms may also become dangerous during storms or high winds when they break off completely without warning – leading to property damage and possible injury in a worst case scenario. In addition, some species of overgrown palm trees produce extensive root systems that compete with grasses for space underfoot so manicured lawns will suffer significantly too. Additionally, dead fronds left on the ground provide nutrients that help weeds grow and spread around the base of the tree.

Overgrown palm trees can also become too large and unstable, posing a threat to nearby power lines and structures. They also tend to drop more fronds than healthy ones, which can create hazardous conditions for pedestrians on walkways and paths near the tree. It is also important to consider the heavy fruit production from some species of palms. Near public areas, this fruit production poses a risk, especially when wet, as sticky dates are released from canopy’s height and can become a significant slipping/falling hazard.

Finally, the dense fronds of an overgrown palm tree can become a breeding ground for pests and rodents, which can cause damage to your home and spread disease. Frond shedding is often accompanied by an infestation of insects that may spread to other nearby plants or trees and cause further damage.

How do palms grow too large?

It’s not uncommon for palms to grow too large and become unruly, leaving homeowners at a loss for what to do. Overwatering or providing too much fertiliser can contribute to this issue, along with neglecting to prune the palms regularly. Palm trees can become overgrown for a few different reasons.

First, they may be planted in the wrong place or lack proper space to grow and spread out their leafy fronds. When this happens, they may end up with too much space on top while the root system is overcrowded and unable to keep up with growth demand. An overgrown palm also has difficulty in shedding old fronds, which can accumulate on the trunk or around its base. Furthermore, Palm trees have hardy root systems that require infrequent but deep watering; if they are watered too much or too frequently, they may grow faster than desired and become unruly.

Secondly, many palm tree owners mistakenly assume that more fertilizer will spur growth when in fact too much of it can lead to an overabundance of greenery. Watering should be done only when necessary; usually twice per month during dry seasons with deep soakings each time. Provide fertilizer every 6 months during growing season by applying slow-release formula granules in a band around the trunk out past the canopy area.

Lastly, not enough pruning or maintenance to remove dead foliage can cause a palm tree’s canopy to become overly thick and dense from all the new growth competing for sunlight and air circulation. The best way to prevent your palm tree from becoming overgrown is by regularly pruning away dead leaves as well as providing ample growing space and proper fertilization levels for optimal health. If you’re dealing with an overgrown palm, it’s best to call in a professional arborist who can trim back the tree and get it back to a healthy size.

How to care for your palm tree:

  • Make sure you provide adequate water, especially during the hot summer months.
  • It’s important to use a good quality fertiliser regularly to help your palms stay healthy.
  • Regularly trim away dead or damaged fronds. Importantly, palm tree trimming should never be done without adequate protection such as leather or latex coated gloves as well as protective glasses and boots for injury prevention. Doctor Anthony Silva of Gold Coast University Hospital Department of Orthopaedics presented a report on the overwhelming health risks at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in 2017.
  • Monitor your palm for signs of insects or disease, and employ appropriate measures if necessary.
  • Check the soil around the base of your palm and make sure it contains the right amount of nutrients and drainage.

By trimming and pruning your palms regularly, keeping up with preventative maintenance, and having it professionally checked at least once a year by our professional team, you can ensure that your palms stay in good shape and don’t become overgrown.