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Old June 9th, 2010, 10:09 PM
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Default Help With Unwanted Palms Needed

We have what I believe to be California Fan Palms growing in our front and back yard. We did not plant them, they have sprouted presumably from the neighbors tree dropping seeds. The one in the front of the house has grown quite tall already, with the trunk alone standing about 4 1/2 feet tall. The largest of the ones in the back stands about 3 feet, and the rest are little guys... just starting their lives.

We want to get rid of the palms, but I know very little about them. I know that the palm I have in front is worth some money, but I don't how to dig it up... I don't know what the root system is like at all (it's right up against our walkway) - and I don't know how well they transplant.

Can somebody give me some guidance as to what I should do with these trees? I'd hate to just chop them down and stump grind them (as many friends and family have suggested)... I'd rather see them moved to a good home.

Thanks in advance.

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Old June 18th, 2010, 12:59 PM
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Default Common Palms California Fan Palms

These California Fan Palms are very common and are more like weeds. People do not really like palms that are everywhere but people do like free things. I would maybe post it up on craiglist and hope someone wants them. When they are that small it will be hard for someone to grab them. If they were 20+ Feet that a different story. These palms are wanted in lots places. The only option I see is to post it for free on craigslist. Free Palm you dig it you have it. If you get no feed back then as sad as it sounds just grind it down. Or OR you can dig it up and place it where you want it to make your landscape look awesome. You can add a few palms and before you know you will have a custom landscape that no one else has.
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