Palm trees are members of the Palmae family that generally grow in warm, temperate climates. Palm trees can be pruned to improve their appearance, but the trees usually shed their own dead leaves, so they do not need to be pruned for health benefits.
Gently shake the tree to remove any brown, falling-off fronds, or leaves. Palm trees shed their fronds naturally, so the safest way to remove these fronds yourself is to gently help the tree to shed them.
Gently pull at brown, sagging fronds with your gloved hands. If the leaves pull away with your hands, remove them. Do not tug or rip the fronds, even if they appear dead.
Trim at the base of the remaining brown, hanging fronds with pruning shears. If the leaves grow horizontally or up towards the sky, do not trim these fronds, even if they have turned brown. Only trim fronds that have drooped and are now pointing towards the ground.
Do not over trim. Palm trees use their fronds as protection against the weather, animals and diseases, and it is not necessary to trim them. If you must trim them for aesthetic reasons, never trim green fronds, or fronds that grow straight in the air.
Remove all palm tree clippings from the ground around the tree. These trimmings can be added to a compost heap or turned into mulch, then placed back around the palm tree.