When we mention palm trees, the first things that might come to your mind are deserts, sunny beaches and vacation scenery. But when we talk about palm trees, it is usually with a customer or friend here in Houston who is asking how to take care of a palm tree on their property.
Palm trees are unique tree species and do take special care and consideration. But they’re worth it because of the sunny energy and year-round attractiveness they can offer to your landscaping. Today we’re going to talk about ways to take care of your palm trees here in Houston.
Just like any other tree in your yard, you want to pay attention to how much or how little you water your palm trees. Just because you may picture a palm tree as a desert plant doesn’t mean that they can actually thrive in low water conditions. Palm trees are a tropical plant species that does best in warm and humid climates, like ours in Houston, where they can stay hydrated year around.
Keep an eye on soil conditions and the amount of rain you’ve been getting in your area. If it seems dry, it’s always a good idea to do some watering to bring some moisture back to your palm tree. Adding some mulch in your beds and around your palm tree can also help your maintain moisture levels so you can do less watering.
Palm trees also need periodic fertilization to stay healthy and promote growth. Just like humans, your trees need to be fed with vitamins and minerals in order to thrive. Palm trees need special fertilizer that is formulated for their specific needs. Your local garden center or home improvement store should have palm tree fertilizer. If you’re having a hard time finding it or if you aren’t sure if you’re getting the right one for your palm tree species, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and ask!
Trimming and pruning a palm tree is another way to promote healthy growth and keep your palm looking great. We’d recommend speaking to an arborist for some guidance on how to trim your palm trees. If you’ve never done it before, you can easily do more damage than good when trimming up a palm tree.
Palm trees are an attractive asset to your landscape, and just like other trees on your property they can thrive for a long time when they are cared for properly. Talk to one of our friendly tree care specialists here at Arbor Care Houston and we’ll be glad to help you with your palm tree questions.