Put on protective leather gloves, hat and eye goggles before working around the pygmy date palm. Thorns on frond stem bases and falling debris pose potential hazards.
Tug at the thatch and old, persistent frond stems under the canopy of leaves with your gloved hand. Remove as much thatch and dried debris as possible to clear the trunk. Most of this thicket of thatch and previously pruned frond bases must remain to protect the growing tip on the trunk.
Hold the top of the trunk with your hand and place the hand-held pruning saw blade upward into the base of thatch against the trunk. Saw upward to help remove any unattractive, lingering thatch and leaf bases to create a tidier, even look.
Put on a hard hat with face guard. Chainsaw blades violently throw cutting debris.
Run the edge of the cutting blades on a small chainsaw on the many small hard nubs on the pygmy date palm trunk. These scarred ridges are hard and uneven and may not easily cut to create a smoother looking trunk. Moreover, you risk creating uneven cutting scars and obvious trunk color variations if you choose to remove the rough tissues on the palm's bark. Do not cut deeply, as palms cannot heal puncture or cutting wounds in their trunk.
Things You Will Need
- Leather gloves
- Eye goggles
- Cloth hat
- Hand-held pruning saw
- Hard hat with face guard
- Small chainsaw
- The danger, physical endurance and time involved to use a chainsaw to meticulously rid a pygmy date palm's trunk of leaf scars often isn't worth it. Focus on removing thatch under the canopy and allowing healthy green fronds to droop and mask the trunk. Alternatively, plant other tropical plants around the palm to hide the palm trunk.