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.
Do you live in an area where the climate is generally dry, but there are seasonal monsoons? These once-a-year stormy seasons are essential for trees and other plants to get the moisture they need, but you will also want to take some steps to prepare your trees for the upcoming stormy weather and heavy rains.
Have the trees pruned.
Young trees should be pruned to help ensure they develop a sturdy shape as they grow, and the best time to do this is before monsoon season. Once it gets wet and rainy outside, you won't want to prune the trees since all of the moisture makes fungal infections more likely.
More mature trees should also be pruned annually before monsoon season, but they should not need such an extensive pruning as long as you have had them pruned regularly. Your tree care expert should remove any damaged or weak branches so that they do not blow off in a storm and cause damage to a nearby home or structure. Branches that overhang a roof or fence should also be removed.
Sweep up any leaves and debris.
Deciduous trees sometimes shed their leaves prior to monsoon season, and even evergreens can lose some needles in the dry season that precedes the storms. You don't want all of the debris to be under the trees when the rain comes, as it will get wet and packed down, which will make it a breeding grounds for fungi that can infect the tree later on, especially considering the moist conditions.
Take the time to rake up and dispose of any leaves and debris beneath the tree while it's still dry outside and while the debris is still light. If you see any evidence of a fungal infection, such as spots on the leaves, make sure you burn those leaves to avoid infecting other trees.
Stake small trees, and cable weak limbs.
If you have any small, young trees in your property, you may want to have a tree company stake them. Basically, this means having them anchored to a sturdy stake so they don't blow over in the monsoon winds. If you have any more mature trees with weak branches that can't be removed, your tree service can cable the weak branches, which basically means they will anchor the branch to the tree to prevent it from breaking off.
Monsoon season is both hard and necessary. If you follow the tips above, your trees will be well prepared.