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Hi, my name is Tim, and I have a problem. We bought our home with a well established garden. I have managed a lot of mowing, plenty of hedge trimming and a little pruning. We are complete novices in all things green and flowery, the iimmediate problem is this, we have a palm tree, with long spikey leaves. they fall and re grow, not a problem. But now the tree is dying, leaves are turning brown and drooping. The only thing I can see are 2 nail holes where a piece of wood was previously fixed. I am convinced this is the problem, but don't know what to do to save the tree.

Any help would be very much welcomed.

thnks in advance, tim.



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,678

    Where are you? Palm trees like it warm.

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    We are in wexford, Ireland. The other thieving roving thriving.


  • granmagranma Posts: 1,929

    Sorry dont understand your journaling  : The other thieving roving thriving .


    Explain Please - or am I missing something ?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,678

    Predictive texting is a pain in the derriere.image

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,678

    You could trim off the dead leaves. I think this is its normal habit. The green shoots look OK. I can't see the pieces of wood doing any harm.

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     Sorry, I meant thriving. This is where the nails were.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,678

    Unless it all goes dead at the tops, I would just trim the brown bits of leaves off and leave the green bits. Maybe it had a bad winter and is still suffering.

  • bigolobbigolob Posts: 127

    Having spent many winters in the West Indes and summers in the Med. your tree is not a Palm. It is a Yucca - a generally hardy tree which can be seen in Devon and Cornwall (commonly in Torquay) and also incorrectly believed to be Palm trees.

    What were the nails which made the holes made of? If they were copper, that is the answer to your question - they are very toxic to trees.


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