Palm Tree Removal in Baton Rouge & New Orleans

From Bayou Tree Service

Palm trees are commonly found throughout South Louisiana. However, they are susceptible to damage from freezing weather.

If your palm trees look like they’re damaged, dying or already dead, please contact us to request an inspection. Our team of Louisiana-based, ISA Arborists will assess the damage and recommend a course of action which may include pruning or removal.

Contact us today for licensed, insured and professional palm tree removal!

Impact of Extreme Weather on South Louisiana Palms

Although we live in the Deep South, hard extended freezes are still common and have a significant impact on our local palm trees.

The extent of damage and mortality is difficult to predict. However there are symptoms which may indicate severe damage or death from cold weather including:

  1. Dead fronds
  2. Discoloration on north side of trunk
  3. Dead or drooping spear (new growth from top of palm)
  4. Decaying roots

Spring and summer symptoms bring heat, humidity and rain which can also harm our local palms. Signs they may be under duress include:

  1. North side of trunk becomes soft and discolored.
  2. Oozing of fluid from trunk
  3. Smells bad
  4. No green growth

Are Your Palms Stressed, Or Dead?

It’s hard to tell just by looking at a palm whether or not it’s truly dead and needs to be removed. They may even survive for a short time, but then structurally fail in the near future.

The best way to tell for sure is to have an inspection by a Louisiana-based, ISA certified arborist.

You may be tempted to remove the dead fronts on your palms because they are unsightly or a potential hazard. However, there is a chance of decline and death later on in the year which would require another visit and additional cost.

Removal Process & Cost

Palms can be difficult and costly to remove given their sheer size and being commonly located near landscaping, homes, pools, etc. Other factors to consider include:

  1. Palms are not desirable for mulch production & most grinding companies refuse to process them. They must be put into dumpsters for landfill disposal.
  2. Fronds jam up chippers.
  3. Sectioning out the trunk can be unpredictable.
  4. There may be wasps, rats or pigeons in the crown.
  5. The are dangerous to climb, especially when damaged.

Before you risk trying to remove a palm yourself, call our team for a consultation!