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4 Problems You Face If You Don't Prune Your Palm Trees

Palm tree
If your palm trees haven't been pruned in a while, you need to take care of that as soon as possible. Palm trees require routine maintenance, which includes the removal of dead palm fronds. For maximum protection, dead palm fronds should be removed about once a year. If your palm trees aren't pruned, you face the four potential problems described below.

1. Palm Rat Infestations

If you haven't pruned your palm trees in a few years, they could be infested with palm rats. Palm rats are avid climbers and prefer to live in isolated areas, such as palm trees. Palm rats grow to a length of between 12 and 14 inches long. These rats carry infectious diseases that can be passed to humans through urine and saliva, as well as through physical contact.

They also pose a risk to your home and property. Once they invade your palm trees, they'll destroy your gardens, chew through your electrical wires, and through your roofing material. They'll also find their way into your home.

2. Increased Risk of Fire Hazards

With the recent rash of wildfires that have hit California, you need to take steps to reduce the number of fire hazards around your home. Palm trees pose significant fire risks, especially those that have not been pruned in several years.

Once the palm fronds die and dry out, they can catch fire quickly. The blowing embers send sparks from palm fronds to nearby homes. Palm trees that are not properly pruned will often explode once they catch fire. The risk of fire is increased when untrimmed palm trees grow near electrical wires.

3. Personal Injury Risks

If you've let your palm trees grow out of control, they pose a risk of injury to those around them. Palm fronds that have grown too large can fall to the ground, where they can cause serious injuries to anyone in the vicinity. Palm tree branches that are close to the ground pose a risk for trip and fall accidents. Not only that, but if anyone trips over the branches, they may be pierced by the palm thorns.

Unfortunately, injuries caused by palm tree thorns can lead to a medical condition known as septic arthritis, which can pose serious health risks. If guests on your property are injured by your palm trees, you're at risk for personal injuries liability. In addition, if you decide to prune your own palm trees, you run the risk of suffocation from palm fronds.

3. Potential Wind Damage

California is notorious for strong winds. Once those Santa Ana winds start blowing, palm trees are at risk of collapse, especially if they have become top-heavy due to a lack of maintenance. When that happens, they can topple over on top of your home and cars, or even neighboring homes. You reduce the risk of wind damage when you have your palm trees pruned at least once a year.

4. Increased Germination of Nuisance Palms

When you don't prune the trees in your yard, saplings can pop up in areas where they're not wanted. The same is true of your palm trees. Mature palm trees produce large quantities of seeds. If the trees are trimmed, those seeds fall to the ground and can germinate throughout your yard. Annual maintenance helps control the seed distribution, so you can avoid the unwanted germination.

If you have mature palm trees in your yard, they need to be pruned. Failure to prune your trees at least once a year could result in serious risks for you, your home, and others. To schedule an appointment, contact us at Imperial Tree.