How to fix out the soil have problem. - Knowledgebase Question

Addicks Barker, TX (Zone 8B)
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Question by joanchow
June 24, 2005
I have a Plam tree in my front yard. Since last October moved in, I have replaced three times at the same place. Someone said that I don't put enough water, my husband do watering eveyday for next one, but it was die again. I just wonder is it the soil problem. Do you know how can I fix it out is that problem I thought?

Answer from NGA
June 24, 2005

The problem could be caused by several different things. If the tree was damaged a lot in the planting process, if it was allowed to dry out too much, if the soil was kept too wet so roots can't get oxygen, or if the tree was planted too deep these can all kill a palm tree.

Plant palms at or just higher than they were growing before, water them in well as you firm the soil around the roots. Keep the soil moist but not too wet. Tie up the fronds over the top of the trunk for a few weeks after planting if the plant was dug (not for container grown plants) to reduce water loss until the palm can get some roots started and growing well.

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