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.
When you're on a tight budget, there are some things you can start doing yourself that you would normally pay a professional to do. For example, you can start mowing your own lawn, you can paint your own walls, and you can even groom your own dog. However, one thing you may want to reconsider doing yourself is trimming your trees. Sure, you might save a few hundred dollars up-front, but you may face larger and more expensive issues later on as a consequence. Here are a few more specific reasons it's best to pay a pro to take care of your tree trimming.
They know which branches to remove
Trimming a tree is about a lot more than just cutting off whichever branches appear to be too long or in the way. Professional tree trimmers know which branches to remove in order to do minimal damage to the tree. If you were to trim the tree yourself and remove the wrong branches, your tree may suffer die-back, and you may end up having to spend a small fortune on fertilizers, deep watering, and rehabilitative trimming to bring it back to life, so to speak. It's cheaper to pay a trimmer who you know will trim the tree in a way that will enhance its health, rather than put its health at risk.
They have the right protective gear
Trimming trees — especially larger trees — is more dangerous than you might think. You could cut yourself on the sharp blades. You could fall off a ladder, or you could drop a heavy branch on your foot. There's a lot of gear and equipment that prevents these injuries, from harnesses to cut-proof gloves. But buying that equipment adds up fast. It costs less to hire a tree trimming company that has the right protective gear on-hand and can do the job safely.
They'll recommend the right schedule
How often do your trees need trimming? The answer is likely different for every tree on your property. Homeowners who do their own trimming often assume they need to trim each tree every year, but this is not necessarily the case. You don't want to be wasting time trimming trees that don't need it — or neglecting trees that need to be trimmed more often. After they trim your trees, a pro will be able to tell you how often each tree needs a touch-up, which will save you a lot of time, and probably also money, going forward.
In almost every scenario, it is worth paying a pro to trim your trees if they need trimming. This isn't a lucrative DIY project to take on in the long-term.