Palm trees are one of the most decorative and unique trees that you'll find in the warmer, more tropical climates. When properly cared for, these trees can be beautiful and full of foliage. However, knowing how to care for them isn't always easy. That's probably why you're here. If it is, then you're in the right place. This site is dedicated to the care and maintenance of all sorts of trees, including tropical varieties like palm trees. The information on this page can help you to understand which of the basic care steps you can do yourself and which steps are best done by a local tree service.
If you're getting concerned about a tree in your yard that seems to be leaning as it grows, call a tree service for help. A leaning tree can be a hazard on your property, and you don't want the tree to fall on your neighbor's property either, especially if the tree falls due to neglect. A split or leaning tree can be saved sometimes with bracing and cabling. Here's a look at how this type of tree care works.
The Tree Should Be Healthy Enough To Save
If the tree splits or one of the big limbs started to lean down after a storm, an arborist needs to decide if the tree can be saved. If the tree poses a danger to people or property, the best decision may be to have the tree removed. The same is true if the tree is sick and may not survive.
However, when a tree is healthy and has several years of life left in it, the arborist will probably work to save the tree whether it's a young or mature tree.
A Brace Rod Provides Support To The Tree
A tree brace is a long, strong rod that's inserted through drill holes in the tree. Braces can be used to provide stability when the trunk is split or when the weight of the tree isn't properly distributed. Putting in a brace is somewhat of a drastic move since it requires drilling holes through the tree.
Very young trees can often be held securely with external braces attached to stakes. This is a temporary measure that stabilizes the tree until the tree grows and corrects its leaning problem.
Cables Are Often Used With Braces
Bracing and cabling are often done together to help support a tree and limit movement. Cables are chains attached to a tree limb or tree with a divided trunk to hold the pieces together. When used along with braces, a mature tree can often be stabilized to stand up to strong wind, heavy snow, ice, and rain without worry of the limb falling or the tree splitting.
If a tree can't be cabled to itself, the chain might be used to connect the tree to a strong tree nearby. The goal is to use the braces and cables to make the tree as secure as possible so it is safe to leave growing in your yard.
If you think this type of tree care would help you save one of your trees, be sure to seek help from an arborist. You'll need professional advice and skilled work to ensure the tree and your property are kept safe.