Palm tree installation

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Lawnworks, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
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    What is involved w/ palm tree installation. I am thinking about installing some palm trees at my house. From what I have read, the internal "seed" or whatever is fragile and you have to be careful. And you may not know if you screwed up until a year later. Does proper installation require staking? I used the search function, but the info mostly pertained to maintenance.
     
  2. YardPro

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    where are you??? location has a lot to do with planting technique

    we plant a lot of palms. sabals, butia (pindo), washigtonian, and windmills.
     
  3. Lawnworks

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    I am in Gawgia
     
  4. YardPro

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    if you're in heavy clay there you'll need to overdig and ammend the soil a little.

    be careful with the sprout ( where the leaved come out of the top), do not handle it in that area, if you crack the bud, the palm is history. the sprout can also be dammaged by dropping the palm onto it's side (pushing it over).

    Next thing is make sure it has plenty of water. a palm is a monocot and when the roots are cut when it is dug out, the entire cut root dies. it does not put out new points of growth from behind the cut. since there is such a reduced amount of root mass, the plant needs a large volume of water. Large sabal palms can take up to 15 gallond per day in clay soils, and over 20 gal per day in sandy soils. this is for the establishment period ( a few months)
     
  5. Lawnworks

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    Thanks for the info... how do you transport them around the jobsite?
     
  6. Updog

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    We put a strap on larger ones and move them with a skid steer. You may want to stake them they are heavy trees and I wouldn't want to be resposable for one falling on someone.
     
  7. YardPro

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    we do the same, strap or slip chain.

    make sure you attach close to the roots, as the balance point will be very close to the root ball.
     
  8. Tony Clifton

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    Yep, just wrap a chain around it...about teh watering: Palms definately need plenty of it, but be sure the ground does not stay too wet, it will rot the tree out. We will dig a huge hole and fill it with sand, and then backfill with sand, this ensures good drainage. I dont think I have ever staked a palm tree, you can tell whether or not it will be stable once it is in the ground. Also, unlike other trees and shrubs, palms do not like to be planted too high. Be sure it is deep enough, I have heard that you can plant one as deep as you want (dont take my word on that)
     
  9. YardPro

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    too deep is much better than too high.

    the only time i have ever had a palm fall is during a hurricane, 2 days after install.

    since most of the weight is in the root, and they do not have alot od surface area up high to catch the wind, they don't fall over easially at all,
     
  10. SONSCAPES

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    yardpro, do you move the palms with your dingo? i'm seriously looking into getting one curious in what it can and cannot do thanks!
     

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