Pruning Palm Trees

I recently did a TWCnews Austin segment about pruning palm trees. The trees I pruned in the segment are dwarf sabal palms aka Sabal minor. You can use that method on all kinds of palms thoughI was really surprised when I started pruning them and saw there were more than two trunks in there! I thought there were only two trees in that group but then I saw there were four! No wonder that bunch all looked so messy. I am not sure if the folks who planted them put that many in close together or if the palms had started growing pups. Lots of palm trees can grow multiple trunks, especially the Mediterranean Fan Palm aka Chamaerops humilis,  but I didn't know our little native dwarf sabals could do that. So that is kinda cool. Luckily I didn't run into any roaches in there. Have you ever heard any Texans affectionately refer to big Texas roaches as "Palmetto Bugs"? It's because they often live in palm trees because they like the dry, dead leaves for habitat.  That name makes them sound so quaint... I didn't mind them when I first moved to Austin 15 years ago, but then I listened to this episode of Stuff You Should Know and it really changed my mind about them. They can run so fast that they can lift up the front of their bodies to run on two legs!!!! Aaaaaaarrrrreeeeeewwww! Usually when I learn more about something it makes me less afraid of it but that episode had the opposite effect. I'm happy to see them in my compost pile now and then though so I know they are eating stuff and breaking it down for me.     

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