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How Often Should Palm Trees in Los Angeles be Trimmed and Skinned?

To say that palm trees are common in Los Angeles is an understatement. LA’s palm tree-lined boulevards have been featured in so many movies and TV shows that they’ve become an iconic symbol of the city. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the sleek and clean look of the city’s palm trees isn’t natural, but the result of careful maintenance.

Have your palm trees started to look rough and shaggy? Are you having to constantly clean up dead bark and fronds from your yard? Want to improve the appearance and health of your palm trees and give them that movie star look?

Why Should You Trim and Skin Your Palm Trees?

While palm trees are easy to grow, they do require occasional care. Palm trees aren’t seasonal plants. They shed their dead bark and leaf fronds throughout the year. After a while, this material builds up, giving the palm trees a rough, shaggy appearance. This debris eventually falls to the ground, gathering around the base of the tree, creating a potential fire hazard and providing a good home for insects, rodents, snakes, and other pests you don’t want anywhere near your home. It doesn’t do much for the appearance of your property either.

Palm tree skinning and trimming is the process of removing a palm tree’s dead bark, fronds, and other material. Regular tree skinning and trimming are essential maintenance if you want to keep your palm trees looking their best.

There are many benefits to trimming and skinning your palm trees:

  • Reduces the amount of weight the tree must bear.
  • Removes unsightly and dangerous fronds
  • Reduces the danger of personal injury or property damage due to falling fronds and debris
  • Improves the beauty of your property, increasing its value
  • Improves the overall health of your palm trees; makes them more resistant to storms and other kinds of damage.

Most tree service professionals recommend that you have your palm tree skinned and trimmed at least once a year. Because of the area’s climate, palm tree skinning and trimming can be done at any time of the year.

Not a DIY Project

While trimming and skinning your palm trees may seem like an easy task, it’s a job best left to professionals. Improper skinning and trimming procedures can have a negative effect on the health and appearance of your palm trees. In some cases, they may even die.

Trimming and skinning palm trees in Los Angeles is potentially dangerous work. Risks such as falling from a ladder, being struck by falling branches and debris, electrical shock, or environmental hazards (such as a wasp or hornet nest) can result in serious, even fatal injuries. An experienced tree service professional will possess the skills and equipment to safely and successfully tackle the project.

Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping: LA’s Choice for Expert Tree Services

When it comes to the care of your palm trees, trust the expert arborists at Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping to do the job right. We’re dedicated to preserving and improving the value and beauty of your property. We’ve been helping Los Angeles area property owners keep their palm trees in movie star condition for over 25 years.

In addition to professional palm tree skinning and trimming, Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping also provides a wide range of tree services to Los Angeles area property owners, including

tree and shrub pruning and trimming, tree and stump removal, and tree planting.

Contact Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping through our website, or call us at (310) 324-6593 to learn more about our LA tree services.