Hurricane season is coming, but it is NOT time to prune your Palms with a hurricane cut.
WHAT EXPERTS KNOW
Some pruners make easy money convincing homeowners that the “hurricane cut” keeps palms healthy and safe in a windstorm. However, save your money, because the experts including American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the University of Florida (UF/IFAS) have years of proof - before and after hurricanes - that the opposite is true. Be aware that some tree services are there mostly to cut for money rather than to nurture your healthy trees.
Excessive pruning can negatively affect palms in 3 ways:
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Save the health of your trees with less aggressive pruning, consider the experts’ guidelines:
Never remove leaves above an imaginary line drawn between 9 and 3 o’clock.
 1. Professor Timothy Broschat (UF) http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep443
2. American National Standards Institute. Tree, shrub, and other woody plant maintenance—standard practices (pruning). National Arborist Assn
3. Prof. K. Pfalzgraf. On the pruning of palms in Palms 44:47–49.
4. USA Today “Extreme pruning puts Florida. palm trees in peril” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/29/palm-trees-florida-extreme-pruning-peril/5010539/