Trachycarpus Trimming season has started

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Trachycarpus Trimming season has started

Post by Dave Brown » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:40 pm

Let the Trachyf Trimming season begin.... a bit late this year as normally starts in late November but due to almost continuous storms, getting up a ladder was not advisable.

First on my trimming list were Fred Flintstone Trachycarpus (Partly stripped), and Barny Rubble Trachycarpus (fully hairy). When these palms were planted back in 1994 at a height of just over 1ft/30cm I never envisaged them blocking out the sun from the lounge. 20 years later they block out the sun between 1 and 2 pm from November thru January, and will obviously only get taller, so block for longer of the year. Eventually the sun will start to shine blow the crown which is why the crown is being reduced.

Both of these have not been trimmed for 2 years, and the crowns cast a huge shadow right up to the bungalow. The number of leaves were drastically reduced to allow sunlight under the palms to warm/brighten the garden in late winter/early spring.

When I had finished even though not long before sunset, the light into the lounge was noticeably greater, as a piece of sky was shining bright rather then dark :)

Next job for these guys is to tidy up the cut petioles and for Fred to strip the trunk icon_thumright
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Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble pre trimming
Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble pre trimming
Trimming in progress
Trimming in progress
Leave trimming complete
Leave trimming complete
Fred trunk shot
Fred trunk shot
Trimmed view from lounge
Trimmed view from lounge
the sky was light until 5pm :) Goodnight Trachies
the sky was light until 5pm :) Goodnight Trachies
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kata

Re: Trachycarpus Trimming season has started

Post by kata » Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:19 pm

A lot of work Dave but they look so much better trimmed,

:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Mr List

Re: Trachycarpus Trimming season has started

Post by Mr List » Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:21 pm

if it wasn't about light would you still trim them dave?

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Re: Trachycarpus Trimming season has started

Post by Dave Brown » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:35 pm

Mr List wrote:if it wasn't about light would you still trim them dave?
Yes, as I planted them too close together and the leaves tangle like crazy where they meet. Last time I trimmed them I stood on a step ladder, but this time I had to use the full extending ladder.
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Re: Trachycarpus Trimming season has started

Post by cordyman » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:09 pm

I dream to have palms that size someday drunken_smilie1

They have a nice look about them planted that way, works really well, and that evening silhouette pic is sublime icon_salut

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Re: Trachycarpus Trimming season has started

Post by GREVILLE » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:36 pm

I favour having plenty of Trachs to play with. Keep some trimmed and others not, some trunks hairy, some nude :D

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Re: Trachycarpus Trimming season has started

Post by eddie » Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:40 pm

Last pic looks like somewhere in Africa.....

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Re: Trachycarpus Trimming season has started

Post by Tom2006 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:54 pm

Prefer the hairy look but those palms are superb!
Most wanted list - Any Young Trachycarpus and/or fern.

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Re: Trachycarpus Trimming season has started

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:27 pm

cordyman wrote:I dream to have palms that size someday drunken_smilie1

They have a nice look about them planted that way, works really well, and that evening silhouette pic is sublime icon_salut
:D
eddie wrote:Last pic looks like somewhere in Africa.....

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Yes I suppose it does :D
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