Removing Palm Trees


When palm trees die or grow so tall that pruning becomes a costly or dangerous chore, it may be time to remove them. This is no simple task--palm trees have tough, fibrous root balls that can be difficult to cut through. You'll need the right tools and some patience.

Step 1

For smaller palms, use a chain saw to cut down the tree a few feet from the base. For larger palms of a few dozen feet, the tree will need to be cut down in sections. It is better to hire a professional to do this work.

Step 2

Remove the stump with a stump grinder. You can either hire a professional or rent the machinery for a day. If you are removing several stumps, renting the machine is a more cost-efficient option. If you are only removing one stump, contracting a professional usually will be the better deal. Before grinding the stump, remove any debris or rocks from the area.

Step 3

Remove the root ball by digging all the way around it and cutting pieces out with your chain saw. If you can obtain a backhoe, this will make the task faster and easier.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris during each stage of the process. Check to see if your area has an ordinance restricting palm tree removal, or a requirement that you obtain a permit.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety goggles
  • Chain saw
  • Stump grinder
  • Shovel or backhoe


  • Removing Palm Tree Stumps
  • About Stump Grinding
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About this Author

Antonia Sorin started writing in 2004. She is an independent writer, filmmaker and motion graphics designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has completed work for the Long Leaf Opera Company, the former Exploris Museum and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She graduated from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in communications.