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Mar 4th, 2018 06:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Time to trim the Palm Tree.

Went fairly easy this time. I did not try to do a complete reshape of the bulb.

Just tapered it back in at the top and called it good.

18 Bags of Palm Fronds later ...

Canary Island Date Palm

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Mar 4th, 2018 07:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice. No way could I do the ladder thing anymore.

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Mar 5th, 2018 02:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

There's something about ladders and chainsaws that doesn't jive with me.
Please be careful.....one slip can mean serious damage to yourself.

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Mar 5th, 2018 05:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice!

I am pretty certain this is a skill I’ll never acquire.

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Mar 5th, 2018 05:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Looks like some sort of totem pole with a funny haircut.
Is that thing real? LOL

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Mar 5th, 2018 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

When we're in LA I notice who does and doesn't trim their palms. Nothing says "seedy neighborhood" more than unkempt palms. And on the boulevards with the tall palms that aren't maintained the potential for car and pedestrian damage from falling fronds in high winds is obvious.

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Mar 5th, 2018 07:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very artistic work.

I do chain saw work and I do ladder work, but never at the same time. If I can't reach it with my pole chain saw it doesn't get done. The real high stuff get done by a professional arborist who also has a shredder.

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Mar 5th, 2018 07:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Ladder and Chain Saw" ... I'd be thinking about investing in a Stihl HT103 or 133.

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Mar 5th, 2018 08:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

How often do you have to do this?

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Mar 5th, 2018 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mikeyguitar ... It's trimmed pretty tight this time and it is real.

SS2 ... What I have is a Stihl MS170. It's effective and it's light enough to handle with one hand if necessary, and it does become necessary on this job.

Leftee ... It needs trimming about once a year.

Next time around I'll have to reshape the bulb. The bottom of the bulb will move up about a foot and the process becomes a bit more artistic in nature.

I do have a really solid industrial grade ladder, so it's about as safe as a ladder can get. The ladder also hugs/grips (locks into) the tree quite well. Very stable and secure ... as ladders go.


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Mar 5th, 2018 09:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

This is job I do not like. I have four very mature Queen Palms in the back and have been using a gasoline pole saw (chainsaw on a stick). It's to the point where I have to be well up an eight foot ladder to get to them. I don't do/like ladders very well.

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Mar 5th, 2018 09:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hammond101 ... Thankfully this type palm grows quite slowly upward.

I planted this one (from a 1 gallon pot) shortly after I purchased the house back in 1989. It's pressing 30 years old. The top of the bulb is 12' up now.

I had some Mexican Fan Palms earlier on and they got so tall as to be impossible for me to deal with much sooner than I liked. I took them all out about ten years ago.

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stl80
Mar 5th, 2018 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ladder and Chain Saw. Band name alert.


Leftee
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Mar 5th, 2018 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

We call the lead guitarist stumpy.

picnic
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Mar 6th, 2018 07:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 30 foot coconut palm next to my seawall. The tree is on a steep enough angle so the coconuts and fronds are well out over the water.

I love playing with chainsaws. Lots of time and experience. But I have NO desire to try to trim it and wind up like Keith Richard in a hospital. I'll let Mother Nature take care of the job.

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