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Posted 22 March 2010 - 06:04 AM
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 07:26 AM
I'm hoping for some feed back on a project I have been working on for the last 3 years. I am a former Certified Arborist and Member of The International Society of Arboriculture. My Company is based in a coastal area in the Sub-Tropics were most of my accounts generate enormous amounts of Palm Frond debris. Is there a down fall in using this material as a landscape mulch? We have our Client's separate known diseased material already. I located I study done in Homestead, Fl. on Leaf Hopper population with Coconut Palm mulch. Any feed back would help.
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 10:45 AM
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 06:03 PM
Palm fronds are notoriously difficult to produce by for most palm enthusiasts as their constituent toughness to chip or shred is problematic. I think this is why most do not use it, not because of disease threat.
How does the shredding occur commercially? Is the product more expensive than other mulching options? What is the time period that it lasts or composts?
Posted 28 March 2010 - 03:15 AM
I had a neighbour who shredded his Coconut fronds. He had probably over 100 trees and some of the fronds, still green, he fed to his horses. His shredder was about 5 or 6 HP petrol motor driven. The very ends of the fronds (thick end) I think he burned. There have been 2 new lots of neighbours there since the old man passed away. They've slowly cut out most of the Coconuts and there's not many left now.
For my own (about 60 Coconuts and several hundred other palms) I pile the fronds up into large heaps. When I get huge leaf falls from my African Mahoganys just before the start of the wet season I pile the leaves up on the frond heaps, This retains the moisture in the heaps and by the end of the wet season the heaps are much smaller. Some I burn along with other timber debris and the ash goes on the garden.
Palm mulch, along with other mulch such as wood chip, can rob the soil of nitrogen.
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