Quite a sad day today. We’ve had to have the palm tree removed. It didn’t show any recovery unfortunately, in fact if anything, it regressed as the canopy almost collapsed and the crown was tilting down, a sure sign of trouble. So I engaged a local guy with access to a high-lift crane mounted on a flat-bed to come and do the honors. They came with a couple of workers and had at it.
The problem was they expected it to be pulled out in a couple of hours. It actually took them more than double that time. What we discovered was that the tree was planted deep and its crown covered by at least a couple of feet, but what palms do apparently is simply sprout new roots! That meant that the guys were hacking not just at roots to free the tree, but hack away at solid trunk below the ground too. That took an awful lot of work, but in the end, its done. I’m not sure what to fill that new area with at the moment, but its early days yet.