Queen Palm--Should we remove now?
When we moved into this new home in August of 2004, the builder planted two queen palms in the front yard.Â When Hurricane Charley nipped our area here in North Port, the palm on the right in photo was "clipped" at the top...the newest frond that was developing got cut in half, and the tree came out of the ground.Â The builder's people just came back and propped it back up, and it's been growing ever since.
However, it's never seemed to grow exactly "right."Â The fronds are enormous for its size, especially when you compare it to the one on the left (see photo).Â The fronds get super heavy, and are always breaking off... at first we thought neighborhood kids were breaking them off, but that's not the case.Â Â And now we are noticing that the bottom appears to be rotting away.Â
Â My husband and I are of the mind that we ought to take it down before nature does it for us, but I'd like some "second opinions" here, please, especially from folks who might have had a similar problem.Â We always hate taking down trees, but we are worried it could be a liability.Â Your opinions/thoughts would be appreciated.Â
Thanks so much, guys, and though I don't post much, I love this forum.Â I have learned so much from all of you.
A view from our front door...notice the difference in the two trees...one on the right is the questionable one.
Some close-ups of the base