Have you ever closely checked out the coconut palms at the beaches on Maui? If not, you may want to take a look. Thousands of small holes run from the base of the trunk to the top of the crown. This is because to this day, most coconut palms are climbed with spiked boots. The climber walks up the trunk, making a new hole with every step. Ouch! How you would like it if someone started poking a bunch of holes in you?!
Coconut ‘trees’ in actuality are not trees at all. They are palms, related to the grass family. For this reason, they cannot physically heal themselves from wounds in the ways that trees can. This practice of “spiking” coconut palms can lead to trunk rot, pest infestation, and the spread disease.
Want an alternative to spikes?
Our spikeless palm care method uses tree stands that do no damage to the trunk. The climber stands on the lower stand while gripping the upper platform and making an “inchworm” movement up the palm to the top of the crown. The small teeth on the front of the stands gently press into the trunk while the traction belts wrap around the palm and grip the back, bearing most the weight. Once the climber is secured with a safety line, they are free to maneuver around the base of the crown without harming the trunk.