palm tree

There is no question that trees on your property are a benefit - they create shady areas, are habitats for small animals and birds, and produce oxygen. According to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, trees on your property enhance its value by 3-15%. However, depending on the species and size of the tree, there may be issues in the long run. The location where the tree is planted in relation to the house or building will determine if it enhances the property value.

Potential Problems With Trees on Your Property

Although there is no question about the beauty of trees near a home, planting trees without proper foresight can result in issues on the property and the unfortunate removal of the trees. In some cases, large trees with sprawling root systems may become a problem when located near a driveway or house. All too often, people plant a small tree without researching first and before they know it they are dealing with the repercussions. Taking down a mature tree is morally and physically tasking, but sometimes it must be done. Without proper planning for the entire life of the tree, these issues may arise: 

  • Trees grow so tall they interfere with power lines.
  • Dropped seeds or flowers stain the driveway, car, or house.
  • Mature root systems crack the driveway or street. 
  • Invasive roots damage the foundation, plumbing, or electrical system of the house. 
  • Trees planted near a pool may cause damage to expensive pool equipment, pool linings, plumbing, or the pool deck. 
  • Seasonal loss of leaves makes a mess. This is especially a problem when located near pools or spas!

Fortunately, most of these issues can be avoided simply by planting the right palm tree for your property. It is important to understand both the specific physical characteristics of the palm and how they are tied to the design when planning your landscape.


Beneficial Physical Characteristics of Palm Trees

Fibrous Root System

Palm trees’ root systems make them the perfect option to plant near homes and pools. Palms have what is called a fibrous root system, which means the roots are thin and extend like a carpet that reaches no more than three feet deep. They do not have a taproot (central root), like most trees; instead, the main roots grow horizontally and do not thicken as the palm matures. This thickness varies within palm species, so it is always best to get an expert's opinion before choosing the final planting spot. 

Palms Shed Less Than Trees

Palms don’t drop their fronds nearly as much as trees shed their leaves. This means the area around the palm will be less messy and require less yard work! This is especially important with palms planted near the pool- nobody likes swimming in a pool full of leaves.

Low Maintenance and Drought Resistant

Palms are generally low maintenance and easy to care for. Once established, they are drought resistant and can withstand longer periods of drought than other options. When chosen correctly, cold-hardy palms can deliver year-round greenery - it is a matter of knowing which palms work for your property. 

Tropical Landscape Design With Palms

There are different styles of large palms out there - you are sure to find one that you love for the look you want for your home. You can go for a lush and imposing-looking cold hardy canopy palm tree like the Mule Palm or Pindo Palm, or a slender and elegant classic palm such as the Windmill Palm or Sabal Palmetto. You can choose the palm you like without fear of it causing problems if you plant it near your home. 

Palm trees’ association with beaches and water will immediately make your property more tropical. Palm trees evolved to thrive in sandy soils located near coastlines and in tropical weather, so planting them near pools or spas will always give the area a tropical vibe.

palm trees create tropical feel

Create a Tropical Paradise With Help From Atlanta Palms

Palms come in all shapes and sizes, and although not all of them survive cold winters, there are some that have evolved to do so. Atlanta Palms offers cold-hardy options for your property and expert advice on where to plant your palm to ensure the most promising future for your landscape. If you are unsure which palm to choose, you can always use our Landscape Design Service and check out how different options of palms will look on your property.