Be wary of individuals or companies recommending poor tree pruning practices such as hat-racking, over-lifting, topping, lion’s tailing, and over-lifting of palms. All of these practices actually make your tree or palm more susceptible to a storm related failure event by putting the tree(s) under stress, compromising tree structure and or artificially raising the trees center of gravity.When selecting an arborist make sure to ask for a copy of the company’s general liability insurance, current International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) credential, worker’s compensation insurance and to see the company’s Broward County Tree Trimmer License. Companies that do not have insurance or are not registered as Broward County Tree Trimmer should be actively avoided.
- Remove only dead, dying or diseased fronds, but no green, healthy fronds.
- Fruits and coconuts can also be removed,
- Avoid removing any live fronds originating above the horizontal plane (visualize a straight line from 9-3 on a clock face).
- Remove, or reduce the weight on, branches with included bark (i.e., bark trapped in the tight angle between two branches growing closely together).
- Prune to produce a single dominant trunk.
- Prune young trees every 3 to 4 years to produce strong branch structure.
- As a general rule of thumb avoid removal of more than 25% of live foliage from any tree, and no more than 10% from mature trees.
- Do not attempt to prune trees or palms adjacent to overhead utility lines by yourself. Contact FPL to arrange for any necessary tree pruning and or utilize an ISA Certified Arborist qualified to perform utility line clearance pruning.