May 2018 Newsletter: Palms & Trees | Pruning

Palms

Palms are tropical of nature and LOVE the warm weather. Rooting and establishment is pretty fast during the growing season. We are often asked about palm roots damaging foundations or driveways. Palm roots differ greatly from tree roots and will not damage foundations, driveways or patios.

Palms come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Some grow tall with a trunk like Queens, Sabals, Windmills and Sylvester, while others have wider heads like Pindo Palms. European Fan Palms are slow growing and idea for smaller locations. Chinese Fan Palms are single or multi trunk with large tropical fronds that will require some space to thrive. Finally, Robellinis – a perennial favorite of people- need a warmer location to thrive.

Stop by the Garden Center to find the Palm that will suit your needs!

Trees

Now that the summer heat is starting to build, we often think of shade!! Shade trees can reduce your air conditioning costs in the summer considerably. Plant deciduous trees on the south or west side of your house to provide summer shade to the hottest part of the day and in the winter the sun’s rays will warm your house as the foliage will have fallen. Evergreen trees that are planted on the north or east side will shade your house in the summer and keep the cooler north winds off your house in the winter. Some popular larger growing trees to plant include Oaks, Maples, Elms and Magnolias. For medium sized trees consider Crape Myrtles, Bottlebrushes (pictured middle), Holly Trees & Little Gem Magnolias. There are other varieties available if you stop by the Garden Center.

Always look up before you plant a tree to determine if overhead wiring will be a problem and do not plant large oaks, elms, maples or magnolias too close to either your house or driveway.

Crape Myrtles are starting to flush out beautifully now and it won’t be long before we are treated to the gorgeous flower show of the summer. Larger growing Crape Myrtles include the Lavender Muskokee or Natchez White. Medium sized Crape Myrtles would be Tuscarora (watermelon pink), Dynamite (red) or Catawba (lavender). Again, always consider your planting spot carefully! Cropping off Crape Myrtles (Crape Murder!) is not something that should be done! It not only disfigures a beautiful tree but will shorten the life of the trees. In addition, the resulting flowers of a tree that has been chopped back severely are larger but far less of them! Crape Myrtles can and should be trimmed to shape, remove crossing branches and suckers but NEVER severely pruned!

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