Though you have most likely had palm trees growing in your yard or around your home for many years, you may have never had to identify a palm tree that is in need of emergency care or removal. It is necessary to be able to spot trees that are dead or diseased, as they can become dangerous once they become weak. Avoid the property damage and personal injury that can come from falling trees by learning how to detect at-risk trees.
What to Look For
The alarm signs may be different at different times in the year. For example, in the spring and summer, you should look for the presence or absence of leaves. If the tree has no leaves at all, or if it has visibly dry, wilted, and browning leaves that are falling off en masse – it is a good sign that the tree is dying.
Test the branches for elasticity. Springy branches that are resistant to breaking signify a healthy tree. Conversely, if a branch snaps right off, the tree is in a weak state.
The bark of any tree – alive or dead – will feel rough to the touch. Try to pull off a piece of bark – that of a live tree will resist a bit and want to stay in place. The bark of a dead tree will feel drier than usual, break off quickly, and will flake apart in your hand with little pressure.
Check the colour of the inner wood of the palm tree. Carefully remove a branch and break it to see what’s at the centre. Living wood will be a clean white colour, with some species having a layer of green between the bark and the timber, and should have a smooth, damp consistency to the touch. Look for dry, splintery inner wood with a dull, off-white colour as a sign of a dead tree.
Lastly, notice what – if anything – makes the tree its home. While dead trees have few inhabitants, live trees tend to be teeming with wildlife of different sizes. Squirrels and birds nest in the resilient branches and feed upon the insects, nuts, or fruit produced by living trees.
Once you do identify a dead or dying palm tree, don’t hesitate to call a professional palm tree removal Melbourne service to take care of it in the safest, fastest, and most efficient manner possible. It is also a good idea to have the palm trees on your property professionally checked annually for any signs of damage or disease.