Basic Palm Tree Care

While Palm Trees are rather easier to care for they can be killed by a simple mistake. Things such as trimming, watering, sun exposure and pests can all affect the lifespan of the tree. It is possible to over water a freshly planted palm tree, which results in the leaves changing color and falling off. The drainage for the tree has to be adequate to avoid over-watering. The soil mix used to plant the tree should have thirty to fifty percent sand added to it.

Palm Trees should be planted where they can get shade. Planting them in full sun will cause the leaves to dry out and turn brown. Palm trees from shady environments or that were grown in green houses cannot handle full sun. It is also possible to trim the trees too much. Trimming should not be done too often to avoid the waste of valuable nutrients.

Large clippers should be used to cut the leaves from the trunk. Do not cut the leaves if they are pointing up, they should only be cut if they are pointing down. Damage can be done to the tree if the leave is cut too close to it. The cut should be at least two inches from the trunk.

Female Palm Aphid will infest the leaves, excreting honeydew that allows for the growth of sooty mold. Ants tend to them, and they can be controlled with lady beetles and dimethoate. There are a number of insecticides for controlling the female palm aphid. Mealybugs, covered in a cottony, powdery or wax-like material look like cotton on the leaves.

The Mealybug presents a problem in the interiorscape, shadehouse and greenhouses where palm trees are grown. Proper preventive care and maintenance can go a long way to keeping palm trees a beautiful addition to the landscape of any lawn.