What You Need To Know About Palm Trees For Your Safety
Some good news from Dania Beach: Firefighters were able to save two pooches Lilly and Manny from a fire that had engulfed a home in Dania Beach. The duo was trapped in the home but luckily firefighters were able to put out the fire and save the two. It was a sure relief to their owner. And a hearty congratulations to the fire department.
From this incident, it is clear that as a homeowner it should be your priority to keep your home safe. Not just against fire but against any other form of danger that may come up. This may include being careful about trees that may pose a danger to you and your family. Below you will learn about planting palm trees, their roots, and how to keep your home from destruction by these majestic trees.
What should I consider before planting a palm tree?
When planning your yard it is important you take into account the future of the plants that will be in your yard. For example, when it comes to trees, they might need so much space for their branches and roots when all grown, unlike when planted. For palm trees, you need to plant them 20 feet away from any other tree in order to create space for their canopy.
Is There Room For The Tree Growth?
Even if your palm tree isn’t unhealthy at the moment, you also need to think about its future. Palm trees are capable of growing very tall and taking up a lot of space in your yard, and if they have good quality soil and sufficient water, light, and nutrients, they’ll continue growing naturally over time.
This can be a great process to watch, but the tree actually needs room to grow into. Otherwise, it could cause issues. So you need to take a look around and above your palm tree and ensure that there is actually space for it to carry on growing safely and without any issues.
Some palm trees might be positioned in awkward locations, meaning that if they continue to grow, they could pose a risk of colliding with a part of your home or an outside structure like a shed, greenhouse, or fence, for example. Read more from Cacti Landscape…
How far do palm tree roots spread?
Palm tree roots also need space for the tree to flourish. It is recorded that the roots can spread horizontally as far as 50 feet away from the tree. The roots at the same time remain in the top 12 to 35 inches of the topsoil near the tree. This spreading of the roots provides proper anchoring for the very tall tree.
Most palm roots extend laterally; there is no taproot in palms, although some of the primary roots do have some downward growth. As the roots emerge from the base of a palm, their diameter is fixed. This means that as the roots grow, they do not increase in diameter. When they emerge from the base of the plant, the diameter of roots is already established, although their length continues to increase.
Because there is no vertical taproot to anchor very tall palms, the horizontal root system may extend 50 feet or more from the trunk. Some palms produce so many roots that they split the base of the trunk, causing it to flare outward at ground level. The primary roots anchor a palm, and the other roots absorb water and nutrients that nourish the plant. Read more from Hunker…
Can palm tree roots cause damage to pipes?
As stated above the roots of palm trees need a lot of space however due to their size they cannot damage pipes. However, if the pipes are very close to the root ball, as the root ball increases in size, it can move the pipes damaging them. You should therefore maintain the distance between the palm tree and any facilities for the house.
Unlike trees with taproot systems, palm tree roots do not cause any damage to underground pipes.
This is because palm tree roots get thinner as they grow farther away from the tree and remain on the topsoil level.
In cases where the palm trees are large, their roots may grow deeper into the soil. They may reach the underground pipes and entangle them but won’t cause any damage.
For palm trees planted near drainage pipes, the root ball may disturb drainage if it grows big and pushes against the pipes, causing damage.
Therefore, if you plan to remove the palm tree, consider cutting the palm tree from the trunk rather than uprooting it. This will help you avoid damaging the underground pipes. Read more from Bovees…
In case you have pipes and any other facilities underground that may be getting affected by any palm tree nearby it would be wise to consider moving the tree. In such an operation, you will need professional help and EPS Landscaping and Tree Services is here for you. Contact us today and we will remove that palm tree for you!