This post is purely for my entertainment. Since I’ve moved to Las Vegas I have wondered whether palm trees serve a noble purpose for the city in which they do not naturally grow. Or do palm trees actually do more harm than good in some unknown, subtle way. Continue reading to find out.
The entire Las Vegas valley area is full of palm trees. They are in neighborhoods, up and down the strip, and pretty much in every direction you look at any given point in time. These palm trees are so commonplace in Las Vegas that people could mistakenly think that they are native to this mega oasis in the desert. However, palm trees are absolutely not native to Las Vegas, or to the state of Nevada for that matter.
So…Why does any of this matter? Well, there are always unintended consequences with any decision or action taken in life. The decision to import palm trees to Las Vegas is no exception to this rule. I’m here to debate the advantages and disadvantages of palm trees existing in a place they were not naturally intended to be. The question that must be answered is this:
Are palm trees the friend or foe of Las Vegas?
Now, onto the good stuff. It’s time to play devil’s advocate right out of the gates and reveal the not so nice things about our fellow palm trees.
- Refuge for Unwanted Guests
Palm trees just so happen to be the preferred spot for scorpions to hideout in. With over 20 species now identified in Las Vegas. Several of those species are not native to Las Vegas and actually were indirectly transported here in palm trees from places like Arizona and California. If you’re unsure if you have scorpions in your palm trees you can use a black light at night to identify them. Scorpions glow bright when under a black light. If you find that you have scorpions the easiest solution is to have the bark of your palm trees skinned up to 6 – 8 feet from the ground. This will prevent scorpions from having a place to hide out. How do I know this? Well, I just so happen to know the best palm tree guy in all of Las Vegas. His name is Chris and you can contact his Henderson tree trimming service to get a hold of him. He can answer any of your questions or skin your palm trees so you sleep well at night knowing there aren’t any dang scorpions roaming around. Don’t hesitate to drop my name.
If you have never been poked, punctured or cut by a palm tree frond then consider yourself lucky. Palm fronds can be very sharp and heavy. Always be careful when trimming fronds or disposing of them as they can do some significant damage. Palm trees have been some of the most lethal plants I’ve encountered. I actually wanted to put this under ‘advantages’ since deadly sharp fronds is a wicked awesome defense mechanism. However, I’m still holding a grudge from an incident with a palm tree frond a couple months back.
- Susceptible to Disease and Infections
Even though palm trees are low maintenance they can become infected rather easily. Some more common infections include ganoderma rot, bud rot and fusarium wilt. These infections tend to be fungal related and can prove to be fatal. Dead fronds and foliage can lead to fungal spores on the palm itself or in the soil below it. Any type of damage done to the heart or deep cut to the base of a palm can allow fungal infections to occur.
- Cost to Remove or Transplant
Palm trees have deep root systems and can grow to be enormous. Both of these factors can make it expensive to have it removed if dead or dying. It can also cost a pretty penny to have it transplanted. This last one is sort of a reach, but I got to work with what available.
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