Palm trees are an indispensable part of the Southwest Florida landscape—nothing says paradise like our majestic palms.
With their leafy fronds rustling in the gentle breeze, they signal that you and your family live in a tropical eden. But palms need optimal care to look their very best, and there are a few points you should consider when it comes to caring for your palm trees.
One of the most important elements to remember when evaluating your palm trees is the condition of the soil. There are more than 2,000 species of palm trees in the world, and each one differs in terms of its salt and drought tolerance.
Unlike many trees, palm trees do not have deep branching roots that reach far beneath the top layer of soil. Instead, they have a compact root ball that does not increase in size even as the tree grows. This shallow root system means that palm trees look to the top soil to provide most of the nutrients required for growth. Often this top soil is nutrient-deficient, and you’ll require special fertilizer to ensure optimal health for your palms.
Palms can often become deficient in boron, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Look for symptoms like yellow streaking or mottling, leaf tips that are dead and curled, or orange coloring at the base of leaves. Depending on the nutrient that’s missing, you can add a specific fertilizer to target the problem. A good maintenance fertilizer is also required to keep your palms healthy.
The University of Florida recommends an 8-2-12-4Mg formula, with 100% of the nitrogen, potassium, and magnesium in slow-release form. This will keep the fertilizer from burning the roots during dry periods and prevent the nutrients from being washed away during heavy rainfall.
Another challenge you could be faced with in our area is protecting your landscaping from invasive pests, like the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly! We’ll be covering that in my next blog post, because no matter how well you take care of your palms, if you aren’t protecting them with a Rugose Spiraling Whitefly treatment program they’re easy targets.
We understand how challenging it can be keeping up with palm tree and lawn care in Naples and Fort Myers, but that’s what we’re here for! So you and your family can enjoy spending quality time IN your yard, not working ON it. Learn more about our Palm and Tree Care services today!
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