Palm Frond Removal?

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There's a large pile of palm fronds in front of my house and smaller piles in the area. Does anyone know who picks them or whom I should call in the city of Santa Barbara to have them picked up? (There are too many to cut up and put in the trash --- and I know they should not go in the green waste.) Thanks!

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Flicka Feb 26, 2019 09:07 AM
Palm Frond Removal?

In the 1950s the horseshow grounds were at Pershing Park. For the National Horseshow in July the city covered the frame over the bleachers with fresh palm fronds. They obviously trimmed many trees each summer.

Luvaduck Feb 26, 2019 07:29 AM
Palm Frond Removal?

How do you get the county--which included them in short list of legal lawn trees and maybe even put them in--to cut the fronds off and haul them away? Most home-owners don't have "cherry-pickers" or any appropriate equipment to do it themself and many aren't physically able. If you ask me (and nobody did) this is another county screw-up like those %^&% invasive, messy, allergy-inducing pepper trees they put in previously.

Z Feb 26, 2019 08:39 AM
Palm Frond Removal?

SB county doesn't do street trees. It has street-tree policies but funds no planting or maintenance. Appropriate departments will clear fallen trees blocking roadways and extinguish burning trees.

menchar Feb 25, 2019 01:51 PM
Palm Frond Removal?

I wouldn't purposely put palm fronds in the street where they can be run over, they are a hazard. I ran over one on a Goleta street in my truck a few years ago and the very large, stiff and sharp base of the frond rotated up, got caught underneath, and punctured my radiator, causing a slow leak and ultimately I had to replace the radiator. An expensive lesson. Also a reason why cities should respond and remove palm fronds from city streets. BTW palm trees are not endemic to Santa Barbara and are well known for rats (also non-endemic) nesting in them, that's why you see the wide metal bands around the trunks of many city owned trees.

a-1561543543 Feb 25, 2019 11:57 AM
Palm Frond Removal?

If it makes you feel more kindly disposed to palm trees, there are many birds in Santa Barbara that make use of our local palms for food, food storage, nesting, roosting: Several species of Hawks, Hooded Orioles, Acorn woodpeckers, Hummingbirds, Barn and Great-horned owls, Yellow-rumped warblers, and so on. I once spotted a Merlin as it perched in a palm tree on Cabrillo Blvd.

PitMix Feb 25, 2019 01:21 PM
Palm Frond Removal?

I had queen palms in my yard and never saw anything nesting in them or being able to use the seeds for food. For short time each year when they flowered, the bees liked them, but that was it. In terms of habitat for animals, they seem very low value. Fan palms seem better but the rats really like them.

a-1561543543 Feb 25, 2019 11:49 AM
Palm Frond Removal?

Using a handsaw is good exercise and extremely satisfying. OP, if you're concerned with fronds which fall from a City street tree, you can call City streets dept and ask for street tree division. Tree guys will pick up street tree fronds upon request. If fronds are from your own tree, on your property, and you are unable to saw frinds to smaller size, you need to hire a gardener or enlist the help of a friend or relative to do so. Put the sawed up fronds in your trash or stick them in a large box and take advantage of Marborg's twice yearly FREE curbside pickup. At our house we compost fronds. They break down quite nicely over time.

PitMix Feb 25, 2019 10:38 AM
Palm Frond Removal?

Usually I see these from palm trees that are in the City's parkway easement strip next to the street. I don't think palms are part of the City's approved tree list because they are hard to take care of, but maybe they are. So I guess you could call Marborg to come make a pickup, but will they grab stuff that is not tied up in a bundle? You are correct in that they are not supposed to go in the green waste bin because they can't be composted.

porkrind Feb 26, 2019 08:53 AM
Palm Frond Removal?

Just don't put them in the green waste bin as they're on Marborg's 'not accepted' list. https://www.marborg.com/residential-green-waste-santa-barbara

porkrind Feb 26, 2019 08:53 AM
Palm Frond Removal?

Just don't put them in the green waste bin as they're on Marborg's 'not accepted' list. https://www.marborg.com/residential-green-waste-santa-barbara

porkrind Feb 26, 2019 08:54 AM
Palm Frond Removal?

Just don't put them in the green waste bin as they're on Marborg's 'not accepted' list. https://www.marborg.com/residential-green-waste-santa-barbara

oceandrew Feb 25, 2019 03:06 PM
Palm Frond Removal?

Palm fronds can be composted but they need to be shredded first and the fibers are very tough so they are hell on shredders. It can be done and once done they compost easily.

paglinsb Feb 25, 2019 10:10 AM
Palm Frond Removal?

I usually call Marborg when I have such questions: 805-963-1852. They are always courteous and informative.

CS805 Feb 25, 2019 10:00 AM
Palm Frond Removal?

Get a truck, take them to the dump. It will cost you $26. The city won't come and take them from you if they are on your property.

jak Feb 25, 2019 09:02 AM
Palm Frond Removal?

If they’re in your yard, you own them. If they’re on city property like a street it’s the city’s responsibility. And if the wind blows them from your yard into the street after dark when nobody is looking...

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