What are palm tree fronds and how can they be cared for/disposed of properly? Follow our guide below.
What Is A Palm Frond?
Palm fronds are essentially the leaves of the tree. Palm fronds will stay green year-round, unlike the leaves of deciduous trees that drop off during the fall season. Like deciduous trees, though, palm fronds will perform photosynthesis, providing the tree with food it needs to survive. These fronds come in many shapes and sizes. A typical lifespan for a frond is five-plus years.
How To Care For Palm Fronds
Palm fronds do not typically require any sort of specialized care. Fronds will naturally age, becoming brown over time. It’s advised to only cut the frond if it is completely brown.
If you believe the fronds to be diseased, it’s best to call a professional tree service. Professionals can best assess when the fronds require removal. Do not remove any fronds before hurricane season, as the tree may sustain more damage with fronds removed ahead of any inclement weather.
What To Do If Fronds Turn Brown
As the fronds age, they will become brown in color. This isn’t a bad thing, though, as some palm tree species are considered self-cleaning, letting the fronds fall off naturally. Other species will need to have the dying fronds removed by hand.
When attempting to cut the fronds, use a clean sharp knife or pruning shears. Call a professional for this task if you have any safety concerns. Springtime is best for cutting off dead or dying fronds.
How To Dispose Of Palm Fronds
Fallen fronds can be several feet long and they will not decompose easily. It’s recommended to run the fallen fronds through a chipper before letting them decompose. This process will still take a long time even with the help of a chipper. Again, call a professional if you need help with this task.
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