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Palm Trees Need Special Care During the Wintertime

Posted: Saturday, December 30, 2017 8:00 am

If you have one of Florida’s signature trees, be prepared to keep a close eye on its health. Diseases, pests and nutrient deficiencies are just a few things homeowners with palm trees in their landscapes must be vigilant against. A greater need to take care of palms emerged last week after a sabal palm in Sumter County tested positive for Texas Phoenix palm decline, or lethal bronzing, one of the state’s most destructive palm tree killers. Palm care becomes more crucial during the winter months, a time when residents often cover the trees with sheets to protect from damage during hard freezes.

Nutrient deficiencies are the biggest killers of palm trees, often triggered when homeowners plant palms in the middle of turf landscapes that take in turf fertilizer, said Jim Davis, director of the University of Florida Sumter County Extension Office.

               

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