Phoenix Palm

Do you have a Phooenix palm that is giving you grief? Once upon a time, some years ago Phoenix palms were really popular - probably around the same time people were using way too much hairspray (right before we found out there was a thing called a Ozone layer ) and wearing colours that should only be used to prevent people from being run over.

Anyway, personally I dont have anything against Phoenix palms except they are notoriously difficult to work with. Chainsaws dont like them, Rats and Pigeons love them and the spikes at the trunk end of the fronds are poisoness. It wont kill you but it can really hurt and I have met plenty of people who have paid thousands to have peices of palm frond spike removed from senitive parts of their hands so they can use their fingers again.

Well Alex, you have removed and prunned hundreds of Phoenix palms, what do you do when you get spiked with a palms fronds?" I hear you ask. Well, I have a very specific method for dealing with these bohemeths of the palm world and I don't recommend anyone without the right equipment or training attemp it. Palm waste incurrs a waste transfer fee of $130.00 per ton and when I get spiked -- I dont like to think about it. Having a crane helps a great deal when the palm is not tucked away somewhere in the back yard.

One more noteworthy peice of information. The sap or moisture from Phoenix palm and other species of palm reacts corrosivley with alloys high in magnesium and actually eats them - very quickly - so wash your chainsaw after working with palms.

On the plus side Phoenix palms are very stable and can resist high winds but they do require regular maintence to keep them looking good and not dropping the kind of rubbish you don't want your kids palying in.

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