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Harsh winter takes poll on area palm trees
Beaches in our area are known for their bright colors. The white sands, the blue water, but the green palm trees maybe harder to enjoy this year.
What some businesses are doing to 'save' their iconic trees.
From Perdido Key all the way down here to Orange Beach this is the common sight either bare or brown palm trees. "It was a very harsh winter. You can tell by our palm trees" says Brian Edmonds. Dry, brown and brittle.
These palm trees really took a hard hit from the ice and winter weather a few months ago. "A lot of extra money went into trimming them, cutting them down.
That wasn't in the budget of keeping them maintained at all" says Edmonds.
Now landscapers at condominiums, RV resorts and hotels on the gulf coast must take on a huge job. "We are waiting on the growth to come back. We are doing some cutting back now." But Brian Edmonds the Director of Services at the Turquoise Place on Orange Beach isn't just relying on his own judgment on how to fix the more than 200 palm trees on the property. "We are talking to a specialist, a professor out at the University of Florida."
Mark McBride purchased this RV resort a little more than a year ago and had just finished up a major landscaping overhaul when the winter blast came to his front door.
"You spend a lot of money improving property on the key then you get hit with a hard winter.
It's pretty tough", says Mark McBride, the owner of Playa Del Rio RV Resort. McBride says he's come up with a plan to re-plant and manicure the property and just in time for the busy season. "As we get into the summer, we'll address that and get this place looking good again" says McBride.
Those who are responsible for caring for these trees say it will just be a matter of time before they'll know if the tree's made a full recovery.