Incorporating palm trees into your backyard landscaping project are essential if you are looking to create a tropical design. With that said, here are some things you should know before you start haphazardly planting palm trees in your yard.

Best Time to Transplant a Palm Tree

The ideal climate for a palm tree is very warm with soil that has good drainage.

Because of this, the best time to transplant your trees is during the spring or summer.

a freaky looking sago palm tree

Of course, the absolute best time is after a winter or spring with heavy rainfall, because that is when the soil has the best drainage capability. Unless you live in a tropical climate, in which case, anytime is ideal for transplanting your trees.

Plan Before You Plant

The one thing to know when incorporating trees into your landscaping project is that it is very important that you plan ahead. If you just start adding palm trees without thinking ahead, you will regret it down the line (more info and tips on this further down below).

You can start your planning by looking for pictures of palm tree design concepts that you like, and thinking about a general sense of what you want your backyard to look like.

It is good to have an idea of where you want shade, and what levels of height you want ahead of time. However, before you start drawing up any plans, you will want to research the types of trees there are and their growth patterns.

If you are planning to buy immature trees, you will want to make sure you know how much they will grow because this could cause a problem down the line. For instance, if you plant an immature palm tree near you house, you might find that the roots will start damaging your foundation.

Also, if you do not plan for adequate growth for the species you choose, it could eventually mess up your landscape design. You will want to consider the following when researching trees for you design concept:

  • Growth pattern—width and height, and how long it will take for complete growth
  • Sun exposure—full sun, partial sun, or shade
  • Watering and drainage requirements

Once you have a pretty solid idea of what trees would be best for the look you are trying to obtain, then you will want to draw plans. A drawn up plan is important with any landscaping project, but even more so with trees since you will want to allow for adequate growth.

twin palm trees

Consider These Different Types Of Palm Trees For Your Yard

Mexican Fan Palm – Washingtonia robusta

This palm features a slender trunk crowned by large fan-shaped evergreen fronds. It provides a beautiful tropical appearance to a landscape with considerable heights. The size of this beautiful palm creates a nice dimension to your landscape.

Canary Island Date Palm – Phoenix canariensis

This is one of the most attractive palms you can get for the tropical look. The trunk can grow over 50 feet tall with long, arching fronds, creating an impressive look that adds prestige to any piece of property.

Pygmy Date Palm – Phoenix roebelenii

On the opposite end of the size spectrum is the Pygmy Date palm. It fits into almost any landscape, small or large; sunny or shady. While it thrives outside, it can also survive indoors. Sporting feathery fine leaves, the palm features a short and skinny trunk that grows to about 5 to 8 feet. This palm makes for a beautiful decoration anywhere and brings the natural wonder of the tropics to your own yard.

Queen Palm – Arecastrum romanzoffianum

This rapidly growing palm can grow quite tall in ideal circumstances and stands on a straight single trunk. It is tolerant to dry climates, but needs plenty of water. Full sun to light shade is best. Periodic feedings with Gro-Power keeps this beauty happy and green.

Lady Palm – Rhapis excelsa

This lovely palm is popular as an indoor houseplant or outdoor shade tree because of its large leaves and sturdy trunk. Its leaves are a deep green, and they grow out of a bamboo-like trunk. This Lady grows best with regular watering, but is mildly tolerant of drought conditions. After growing slowly, it reaches maturity at about twelve feet in height.