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.
There are four main types of pruning cuts that are used in tree trimming. Three of those cuts will lead to healthier trees with better growth form, while the fourth can actually damage the tree and is used in only one instance. Learn more about these cut types so that you can utilize the right methods if you attempt to trim your tree on your own.
1. Heading Cut
One of the most frequently used pruning cuts for any tree is likely the heading cut. These cuts are used to slightly reduce the length of a branch or, more commonly, for shaping the crown of the tree. To perform a heading cut you must first locate a small leaf bud or a branch that is too small to grow larger than the branch you are trimming back. The cut is made just in front of the bud or small branch.
2. Reduction Cut
Reduction cuts aren't used as frequently but their impact is more noticeable. These cuts are primarily done to reduce the overall length of a branch and the size of the crown. Much like a heading cut, a reduction cut is made just in front of a side branch, but there is one difference: the side branch should be larger, generally a third or more of the width of the branch you are cutting back. The idea is that the side branch will flourish and develop a full canopy while reducing the overall spread since the larger branch was trimmed back. Reduction cuts should remove no more than 25 percent of the crown.
3. Thinning Cut
Thinning cuts are used to remove branches entirely from the canopy, either because they are damaged or because the canopy is too dense for proper sun penetration and air circulation. These cuts are made at the base of the branch, just in front of the raised wood that forms the branch collar where the branch connects to the trunk. No more than a quarter of the branches should be thinned from younger trees, and less should be removed from mature trees.
4. Stub Cut
Stub cuts are never used on trees you want to keep. Instead, they are only used to thin out the branches before removing the tree. A stub cut is any cut that leaves a branch stub protruding beyond the collar, a bud, or a side branch junction.
Contact a tree trimming service in your area if you need help when it comes to pruning your landscape trees.