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Q.Sago Pruning

jeneklopp added on April 8, 2011 | Answered

A previous owner planted two sago palms too close to the driveway and now they hang across about half of the drive. Can I prune the palm back to the base, or how do I “trim” it so it’s not hanging?

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Answered on April 11, 2011

If you prune the fronds off, they will likely not grow back. If you are ok with this, you can remove them with a sharp pair of pruners.

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Answered on April 11, 2011

Thank you so much for your response. A neighbor cut back the entire Sago palm several years ago and the entire thing came back just fine. They are not from here and I was astonished when I saw what had been done. However, I am not likely to follow suit since our palms are so large.
Jene Klopp

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