Palm Tree Skinning

Palm trees here in California especially come in countless species. Some are indigenous and most are imports from far away places like Egypt to closer variation like Mexico. Either way, there is a myriad of maintenance that needs to be done with them. Generally, palm trees do exactly what’s right for them when it’s needed naturally.

palm tree trimmingWith a razor blade and expertise, our accomplished employees can skin your palm tree. They present it to look fresh, smooth and extratropical. Palm tree skinning does not harm the health of your tree. In fact, it is advantageous in removing insects and can reduce rat problems since they like to live in the palm skins

Reasons to Use Orange County Palm Tree Skinning

  • Insured
  • Qualified
  • Tree care is our forte
  • We have all the essential equipment to do the job safely and with excellence
  • We clean up after ourselves
  • Reasonable charges

Palm Tree Health

It is vital for the health of the palm not to eliminate healthy green fronds. These are what the tree uses with the sun to feed itself. Also, trimming too many green fronds can let the palm to enhance the rate of new frond maturity to feed itself.

Palm Tree SkinningSome creatures also like to shelter on the palm trees. A good example is a scorpion. They like to live in the petioles (blades on the outside of the palm). Eliminating these petioles will decrease the habitat for the pests and help keep your property free from them.

Dead Fronds

For instance, they keep the dead palm fronds covering the delicate upper bark in the summer and keep it from burning and blistering. They drop those fronds to the ground naturally. They really need no help from us to live and flourish. But, when people are involved–there are hazardous things that palm trees can cause. Like, falling fronds on the heads of passersby. People scoring the trees causing lethal yellowing and another fungus to flourish, spread and kill them, etc. So, Orange County Best Tree Service comes into play here. We do the skinning and skirting at the right season–not summer–unless there is a hazardous condition. We know our California palms.

Skinning Reasons

Sometimes palm trees look a bit unkempt and almost like they are dying when there is a perfectly healthy palm tree beneath the dead leaves and the browning trunk skin. There is a technique called palm tree skinning that actually takes care of that and allows the tree to breathe and stay healthier than they would if you allowed the dead fronds and skin left on it. Part of the danger of leaving things like this is the wildlife that can burrow in and beneath all the dead junk and eat away at the tree. You are also preventing nutrients from sinking into the tree as it should in some cases which invites fungus and disease and causes discoloration to the tree.


Several palms such as Mexican Fan Palms and California Fan Palms reach heights of 60 to 80 feet. These require specialized skills to trim safely.

Because of the dangers linked with these heights would you trust this work to non-insured n? Do not take that type of risk and call us!  We have all the appropriate coverage to protect all concerned.

Skinning Assessment

Our certified Arborists will come and assess the trees. It may be that you have a self-cleaning tree that sheds its fronds by itself and may need to be left alone otherwise you would damage it. If there are hazards to people and property however; we may have to come to an alternate solution. If after we assess the situation and can’t–then we may have to skin it anyway. This all depends on the type, size, and location of the tree.

Skinning Inspection

The health and growth of the palm tree is the most important thing to consider, only second to the safety of those around the tree and the property near the tree that needs skinning. We will perform an inspection with several points that will give us an idea of several elements. One is, how close the fronds and area to be skinned is laying on the tree. When that is assessed then the correct equipment for your tree will be chosen. You’ll never see us up there swinging a machete or a wielding a chainsaw. Why? You’ve seen this before having you? This is dead wrong and will score the tree and invite fungus and disease that will rot it from the inside out without you noticing until it’s too late. Some of those trees are quite high and noticing things like that won’t be possible.

Skinning Process

The fronds are cut off one at a time working around the tree or one side at a time. Your leaves are disposed of in the fashion you discussed with the Arborist and the process is done until the next skinning takes place.


The leaves are disposed of in the fashion that you discussed with the person assessing the situation. The best and most economical ways of frond disposal will be discussed and decided prior to start.

At Orange County Best Tree Service the health of your trees and the safety of those around the trees as well as your property are paramount to us.

We will treat your trees as part of your family and a part of your life–because they are. They provide selfless shade, home to wildlife and beauty to the aesthetics of your property. We ensure that we will give you the safest and most economical way to provide service than anyone in OC.

Who do you call to care for palm trees?

That is a common question and one that most tree and lawn care companies get asked a lot. Many people believe that palm trees are not high maintenance and that they just have to wait until a coconut falls or a palm frond falls and pick it up and that is that. They think they grow as healthy as they do because the rain takes care of the watering. It’s not until the palm tree is so close to death that it has to be topped to save it if we can. And regarding waiting for a coconut or palm frond to fall, we wouldn’t want to be responsible for the damage or worse when one of those things hits someone or damages property. Actually, a falling coconut could kill someone and a palm frond which are the branches are razor-sharp you wouldn’t want to be cut by one either. So, who do you call? You call us. We are a company that has been around servicing palm trees for decades and we know how to do it effectively.

What makes us so special? We are not just your run-of-the-mill landscapers. We are arborists. That means we are certified to know everything there is to know about indigenous trees and plants. Palm trees are a specialty for us as California is home to several majestic and exotic varieties, all of which need special care. Not only is skinning and palm frond removal necessary but protection against tree diseases such as lethal yellowing and other canker and fungi diseases are needed. One palm tree that is infected can infect others that are not even in close proximity.

We take special pride in our favorite tree. We have certified and licensed palm tree arborists that do nothing much more than consistently service palm trees all over the county. They service both residential and commercial properties and that is a lot of palm trees as well as every species we have in California.


  • Pruning: For a palm tree this means removing the dead palm fronds
  • HOA Palm Tree Care: We will remove, plant, trim and skin your HOA’s palm trees
  • Skinning: This is the removal of bark and the overgrowth under the top of the palm tree
  • Removal: We will remove any tree as needed including moving for replanting
  • Installation: We will plant palm trees in and around your residential or commercial property.
  • Stump Grinding and Removal: We will remove unsafe or unsightly tree stumps and grind them into mulch,
  • Tree Hazard Removal: We will remove palm trees that are hazardous to your property.

We are a full spectrum palm tree service and have arborists who are palm tree specialists available to you every day. Call now.

We are your comprehensive palm tree care specialists in the area.