Do you have a Phoenix Palm that is giving you grief?
Some decades ago the Phoenix Palm was seen as a thing of beauty, an exotic marvel, and an essential addition to any residential or commercial landscape. They were all the rage- for a time, planted by hand, by machine, transplanted and nurtured all throughout the city. Unfortunately now Auckland has to deal with the fallout of this ill-advised fad. We have been burdened with these spikey behemoths that tower over our sections, drop fronds so inconsiderately in our gardens and house pigeons, rats, possums and other unsavoury characters. The spikes on the bases of the fronds carry a toxin, they self-seed like mad (this has landed them a spot on the noxious weeds list!) and the acidic nature of the trees corrode chainsaw bodies when left unwashed.
So what can we do?
The immediate thought for many would be total removal, and in a lot of cases, this is the right option. However, the dirty old Phoenix Palm is not without its aesthetic merits- when properly cleaned up. There is a reason they were so popular, and you only need to look in a garden magazine or peruse google for a minute or two. When maintained regularly, these palms can look amazing, and really add
real majesty into a landscape. Cleaning the old dead “beard” off of the trunk, removing the lower whorls of dead fronds and perhaps sometimes taking a layer of green fronds can make all the difference to these ugly beasts. The important thing is not to “shave” the bole in close to the trunk or to take too many live fronds, as both will impact the integrity of the stem later on down the track.
However, as mentioned previously, sometimes the best thing to do is just to take them right out. This can be a laborious task and unpleasant to say the least, however, with the help of the right machinery, this can often be done in a much faster and more cost-efficient manner.
How do you stay safe while working on these things?
You can bundle up in bubble wrap and go as slowly as you like, but it won’t help you to deal with Phoenix Palm waste. To work safely you must wear the correct protective equipment and follow the golden rules: Stride carefully and don’t shuffle (or you’ll catch a spike through the side of the boot). Stack fronds in piles facing the same way, with the butts all lining up. Don’t chip fronds backwards and utilize machinery where practical.
We are experts in providing management solutions for Phoenix Palms, so if you have questions about yours, call us now to discuss what we can do for you.