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#195390 19-Apr-2016 09:09
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Hi All,


We have a rather large Palm tree out the front of the house we are living in at the moment.


Over the last 6 - 8 weeks it has been dropping branches (fronds) to the ground. The branches (fronds) all tend to be brown and dry, so is this normal? The branches (fronds) that have fallen are all 3M+ or longer.


Is there a tree maintenance company in Wellington that people can recommend ?


Do others have palm trees at there place, how do you deal with it when branches (fronds) fall?



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  #1535367 19-Apr-2016 09:45
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I just cut them up when they fall and chuck them in the bin.  I've had the odd one fall maybe every 6 weeks.  Whether it's normal or not who knows, but it's not stripping the tree, there seems to be plenty more there (ie growing, they're not all dying off) - so I'm not too worried.



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  #1535374 19-Apr-2016 09:59
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Its normal for a palm tree as it grows - new fronds sprout out the top, making the tree taller, the older fronds underneath turn brown and eventually drop off. You can prune them before they fall to keep things tidy, as otherwise they fall when they feel like it, usually at an inconvenient time, such as when a Wellington gale is blowing...


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  #1535378 19-Apr-2016 10:13
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Thanks everyone.


I'll continue to break them down and throw them in the bin.


I have found that using a multi-tool with the saw attachment is very effective at breaking down the fronds, especially, the husk end.

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