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Episode #76 | Original Air Date: June 15, 2020

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Palms like our native cabbage palm automatically shed their dead leaves and don’t require pruning.

However, some palms aren’t self-cleaning, so you may choose to prune them periodically. Remove any brown fronds with a pole saw. Leave the green fronds alone, since they’re the energy factory for the tree.

If you hire a tree service, don’t let them climb with tree spikes, because they cause permanent damage to the trunk.

Many palms are over pruned through a practice known as “hurricane cutting,” which removes too many fronds and actually weakens trees in a windstorm.

Always remember that the point of pruning is to remove only dead growth.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute is a production of the University of Florida’s Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, IFAS Extension, and WUFT-FM in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.