Sago Palm Trees

Sago Palm


Pjbishop89 added on February 22, 2017 | Answered

We think our previous lawn care company got a weed eater too close to the trunk of our 25 year old sago palm (about 3.5 ft tall) and created a large gash in the side of the trunk, a 4"-by-4" area that is about 4" deep, 2-3 inches above the ground. The plant has been suffering since. We have fertilized and we sprayed it with mineral oil-based Volck oil for scale, but it still looks like it is struggling. The leaves are curled up and dried out (brown and dead-looking throughout most of the fronds). We are wondering what we should do about the hole in its side? See attached photo. Thank you for your help.


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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on February 23, 2017

Certainly the damage could have been caused by such a method.

Damaged trunks can leave the plant susceptible to disease and or pests.

If the trunk is soft, it may not be able to be saved.

I would consult with a professional Arborist that specializes in the care of Palms and Cycads.

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