Brown leaves on palm tree - Knowledgebase Question

Chula Vista, CA (Zone 8B)
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Question by lgss
October 8, 2005
I have a palm tree and I'm not sure of the type of palm. It is one tree but has three trunks. It was planted in the yard about two years ago in a sunny and windy location. The leaves are turning brown and part of one trunk is also very brown. I don't want this tree to die, please tell me what I can do.

Answer from NGA
October 8, 2005
If it was planted in poorly draining soil, or if you kept the soil too moist, your palm may be suffering from root rot. If so, there's not much you can do to save it. However, you might try simply watering less to see if the palm will recover. If the roots are only stressed and not rotted, they may recover enough to produce new growth. If the fronds are completely dead, cut them off, then wait for new growth to appear. You may be pleasantly surprised. Hope so!

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