To wrap or not to wrap? Protecting your palm trees; STGnews Videocast

ST. GEORGE — With winter storms on the horizon and night-time temperatures dropping below freezing, your palm trees may be starting to look a little stressed. Because palm trees are warm-climate trees, they require some extra help to endure the winter elements.

City of St. George Certified Arborist Tim Hopkinson discusses some popular misconceptions and offers guidance on the best way to winter-proof your palm trees.


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  • Koolaid December 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    It’s a smart idea to keep your coconuts warm when it’s cold outside.

  • ladybugavenger December 29, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I’ll be wrapped up cuz it is cold outside

  • Big Bob December 29, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    If your palms survived last year’s rare winter deep freeze, they’ll survive about any St George winter….

    • Herd December 29, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Keep your palms rosy warm

  • real life December 29, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Thank you. Very informative video. I wrapped a palm last year, and that explains why it died.

  • Cathy Jones December 30, 2014 at 7:16 am

    It seems to me that the problem with the palm trees is that we trim away the dead leaves so fastidiously. If you watch how they grow, those leaves lay back against the trunk, and would offer a lot of natural insulation/protection to the tree. But we think we have to remove what nature places there, and then our trees need to be wrapped for protection. Maybe if we left them alone all those years, they would have survived on their own. But then, I am not an arborist…

  • My Evil Twin December 30, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Looks to me like people are missing the obvious. Palm trees were not created by the good Lord to live in the climate we have here in St. George. Sure, I like the looks of them, (as long as I don’t have to take care of them, did that for way too many years,) but we should just quit trying to force them to grow here.
    Just because we are hotter than well, you know, in the summer, doesn’t mean we aren’t too cold in the winter for palms.

  • Bender December 30, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Death to all Washington county Palm trees! Poor climatological and aesthetic planting choice.

    • Roy J December 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Aw come on Bender, how else is the Washington County going to become the Palm Springs of Utah? Bahahaha! 😉

  • Evil twins mommy December 30, 2014 at 10:27 am

    My Palm trees do just fine out here just need to have the time to take care of them

  • Joe Smith December 30, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I kept all my palms alive during the deep freeze. I brought them out a cup of hot coco everyday and they sure enjoyed it

  • Joe Smith December 31, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Indeed this X-mas lights idea is a fantastic one… hadn’t thought of using them for the heat 😀

  • Scott McCauley January 1, 2015 at 4:08 am

    A palm tree symbolizes life and its continuation, and in addition happiness and joy. The palms are local to tropical and subtropical atmospheres. Palm trees were once thought to be suitable for planting just in tropical scenes. Beautiful look for sabal palms is simply amazing. The appearance of the trees is attractive enough to draw the attention of tourists. This is the reason why in many places palm trees are planted to boost tourism and increase the inflow of money.

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