First introduced by Franciscan missionaries, palm trees are a common sight all over the Los Angeles area. Thanks to the movie industry, they’ve become an iconic symbol of the city, particularly the Mexican fan palm. Properly maintained palm trees can add beauty and value to a property. However, when palm trees don’t receive the proper care they can become a real fire hazard.
Palm trees are popular in LA for many reasons. Their appearance reminds us of exotic, faraway lands like a tropical island or desert oasis. They do well in LA’s warm dry climate and can live to be over 100 years old.
Palm trees aren’t like most trees. In fact, they’re not trees at all but are more closely related to grasses and bamboo. And a lot of the plants we call palms – such as sago palms – aren’t really palm trees at all.
Palms are instantly recognizable by their appearance and other characteristics. They usually consist of a thick crown of fanlike leaves – called fronds – growing atop a branchless trunk. Some can grow to heights of 100 feet or more. Many species produce edible fruit.
Palm trees are evergreens. This means they don’t shed their fronds when winter approaches like deciduous trees. They replace old fronds with new fronds throughout the year.
Dead Palm Fronds are One of the Biggest Fire Dangers in LA
The problem is, these dead fronds don’t fall to the ground but hang off the tree, forming a “skirt” of brown, dead thatch around the trunk. In addition to their unsightly appearance, the dead material is home to numerous pests, and also presents one of the biggest fire dangers to your property. A single spark is all it takes to turn an unmaintained palm tree into a giant torch. And the damage might not be limited to your property. Once ignited, these fronds can become detached from the trunk and carried for great distances by the wind,
The Importance of Maintaining Your Palm Trees
Palm tree trimming, also known as palm tree skinning, is the process of removing this dead and dry material from the palm tree. An annual palm tree skinning/skinning provides many benefits:
- Reduces fire danger
- Prevents pest infestation
- Removes unsightly and dangerous fronds
- Increases property aesthetics
- Encourages healthy growth
- Improves the health of your palm trees
Where your palm trees are planted is important as well. To reduce the danger of fire, it’s recommended that palm trees be planted at least 30 feet from any combustible structure. If it’s closer than 30 feet, you need to have it regularly trimmed or consider having it removed. Of course, you’ll want to avoid planting a palm tree near a power line, chimney, or other ignition sources.
In LA, Palm Tree Trimming is a Job Best Left to Professionals
While it may seem like an easy DIY project, trimming or skinning a palm tree in Los Angeles is a job best left to tree care specialists. Trimming a palm tree often involves using potentially dangerous tools and working at height. Serious injury or even death can result if you don’t have the training, experience, or equipment. In addition, improper trimming or skinning procedures can damage your palm trees, causing them to look worse, remain a fire hazard, and possibly even die.
Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping LA Palm Tree Trimming Professionals
If your palm trees are in need of a little TLC, give Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping a call. We’ve been providing outstanding palm tree trimming services to LA home and business owners for more than 25 years. We understand what it takes to keep your palm trees happy and healthy as well as the best ways to keep your home and property clear of dead palm fronds, weeds, dead trees, brush, and other fire hazards.
Contact Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping through our website, or call us at (310) 324-6593 to schedule a visit from a Los Angeles palm tree care professional.