any one ever burn a full grown palm tree?

Discussion in 'Fertilizers, Pesticides and Diseases' started by themadcutter, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from florida
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    I fertilized around a fox tail palm. it is established and well rooted. It is also surrounded by japanese box wood shrubs on one side which are pretty close to it. the box woods had no problem at all but the older frawns on the fox tail palm turned brown and died off pretty quick. It was obviously not natural.

    could a common tree and shrub fertilizer damage a full grown palm and not touch shrubs right next to it or should I look for a different problem.

    I do not have specifics on the amount of fertilizer I put down
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    You actively applied ferts. to the shrubs? or was it meant for the grass and possibly contained herbicides?? What were soil conditions, in the sense of the tree being water stressed already???
     
  3. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    It was meant for the trees and shrubs. it was just a basic tree and shrub fert. no herbicide. Nothing was water stressed at the time.
     
  4. M&L

    M&L LawnSite Member
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    You really should work on that part.

    Sprinkle here, sprinkle there. Hell, lets just cover it like it was mulch
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  5. LandscapeSavannah

    LandscapeSavannah LawnSite Member
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    When you say established; you mean it's solid after a year? Or this is a 20 year old plant?
     
  6. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    it is a palm that was planted 6 years ago and was at least 8 years old when it was planted.
     
  7. RigglePLC

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  8. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    Please correct me if I am wrong but the title says lawnsite- lawn care and landscaping forum yada yada yada fertilizer application.

    Wouldn't the landscape part include trees and the fertilizer part include fertilizing trees?
     
  9. LandscapeSavannah

    LandscapeSavannah LawnSite Member
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    I seriously doubt it is from the fertilizer. Disease is likely. Were you fertilizing it because it didn't seem to be growing or was looking bad? It is probably rot and not much you can do about it other than make some money replacing it.
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  10. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    It didn't look bad so much as it seemed to just stop growing. the new growth was green but no newer growth had been coming out. I can't see any signs of crown rot (is that what its called).

    I just had never burned a palm before and thought it was almost impossible. I mean without dumping pounds in one spot.

    I just wanted to check and see what others thought. The brown older leaves seemed to happen right after I fertilized. but thats more what I was told by the customer. I'm a little foggy about the time between fertilizer and the brown leaves
     

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