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How to Trim a Palm Plant

    • 1). Look at your palm tree to identify any fronds that need removal. You should never prune fronds from above the horizontal line of the tree top. Reasons to trim off fronds include to remove brown or yellow foliage, to create a clear view of driveways or stop signs and to prevent damage to buildings from foliage during high winds.

    • 2). Soak your pruning shears and pruning saw blade, if a pruning saw will be necessary to trim thick fronds, in a bucket containing a 1 to 1 solution of bleach and water for 5 minutes. This will prevent the transfer of diseases from one plant to another. This process should also be repeated after trimming each palm. Afterwards, if you require a saw for pruning, replace the saw blade according to your particular pruning saw's instructions.

    • 3). Pull any dead foliage off of the fronds with your hands, using gloves if necessary. Then, cut dead fronds at least 3 inches away from the trunk with pruning shears or pruning saw. Do not damage the trunk. If you only need to trim the fronds back to keep them off of a building or clear the view, clip them to the desired length, leaving the rest of the frond intact. Discard the pruned fronds or add them to your compost pile.

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