How to prune palm leaves

Some people prefer the exotic in their gardens and that is why they decide to plant palm trees to achieve that paradise effect, but like all plants they have to receive a series of regular treatments to make them look healthy and strong throughout the year.

The leaves of these magnificent species as the days pass dry and are constantly being replaced, the best time to remove them is in spring or summer since in winter they become a source of protection for low temperatures.

Pruning our palms frequently avoids the appearance of fungi and the possible risks of falling due to the lack of subjection of the leaf when losing freshness.

The aesthetic part is also important to take into account, as a space without weeds, transmits vitality and good energy to the place, especially in summer.

If you do not want to hire a company that does it for you, we will give you some tips to do it yourself.


  • Anti-cut gloves
  • Old clothes
  • Boots
  • Mask
  • Helmet (for the most cautious)
  • Serrote and / or chainsaw

Once we have the right tools we can follow these simple steps

  1. Identify what we want to eliminate. In order not to end up in an oversight with many healthy parts, better to look first at what is not useful. We can check the dryness thanks to the difference of colors (darker in the case of deteriorated parts).
  2. Cut the diseased leaves. Here you have to take into account the thickness of the branch to use a serrote or a chainsaw as needed.
  3. Collect the remains. Let's not forget then to take out everything we have been pruned, leaving the area clean and ready to develop new vegetation. A very common mistake is to also remove part that is in perfect condition by the rush. This can be harmful since it removes nutrients and weakens the plant.

The frequency of this ritual is usually every two or three years. Once the renovation is done, new leaves will emerge from the palm tree in the upper part that will strengthen it and give it more altitude.

Saul Saldana Jr

Triple S Tree