Obviously, where the majority of the palms are is on the beaches and paseos, so you will soon see fearless town-hall workers, risking life and limb to tame these fearsome beasts. And it’s no good the La Herradura palms having a good chuckle because they’re next.
Councillor for the Environment, Luis Aragón explained, “This year we have begun at the beginning of September to prevent the dates from the Washingtonian palms maturing,” thus avoiding the pavements being covered with a sticky mess… and we’re referring to squashed and trodden dates rather than the remains of maintenance workers cornered by vengeful palms.
And of course, whilst the maintenance workers are pruning the palm branches, the trees will also be treated with pesticides to kill off the beetle that is wreaking havoc with all the palm trees along the coast.
Now, we have another variety of palm tree here: Fénix, which won’t be tackled until winter because they suffer from the beetle plague during summer, unlike the Washingtonians.
Councillor Luis Aragón, pointed out that Almuñécar and La Herradura have 7,000 palm trees between them and that this pruning a plague treatment is fundamental for the “positive image” of the municipality.
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)