What represents the beautiful and sunny Florida weather better than a palm tree? If you are making plans to enhance your landscape with palm trees, it is important to educate yourself on proper palm tree care.
Strategic and purposeful maintenance is required to keep your palm trees beautiful, thriving, and free from disease. These tips will help you make the most of your palms to enhance the curb appeal of your home.
Pick the Right Palms
Just about any palm tree can grow happily in Florida, but certain palm species will thrive better in specific locations around your yard. Larger palms need room to grow and hog the sun and soil, while smaller shrubs can be worked together with other plants and flowers. Some palms can still thrive in the shade, making them perfect for any areas in your yard that don’t receive too much sunlight.
Water On Schedule
Your palm tree will require more watering when it is newly planted, so plan to water at least twice a week for the first six months of its life. Make sure to add enough water to help the moisture penetrate about 18 inches into the ground. The exact amount of water your tree needs will fluctuate based on your type of soil. Sandy soils require more water since they don’t retain moisture as well.
Balance Fertilizer Applications
Too much or too little fertilizer will doom your palms. Plan to fertilize one or twice during the growing season with a high quality fertilizer. The best fertilizers are specially formulated fertilizers that accommodate specific nutrient deficiencies like manganese, potassium, and magnesium.
Prune With Purpose
It’s important to find the right pruning balance. Overpruning can be just as harmful as underpruning diseased or dead fronds. It’s usually best to allow your palm tree to shed its fronds naturally unless you see any that are yellow, brown, or visibly old and damaged. Be sure to remove injured or dead fronds quickly so they do not seep nutrients away from younger, healthier fronds.
If you don’t have the time or desire to care for your palm trees, a professional landscaping company can take the responsibility off your shoulders. Call 813-518-8487 to learn more about the landscape design, installation, and maintenance services offered by TropicScapes Landscape Design and Installation in South Tampa.