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Can Mexican palms damage a pool?

Posted by loweran (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 10, 11 at 20:21

We were planning on planting a group of three mexican palms 6 - 8 feet behind the pool. I spoke to a landscape designer today who cautioned against it. She said the roots could actually penetrate and crack the gunite. Anyone have any experience with this?

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RE: Can Mexican palms damage a pool?

I have seen a lot of very old mex palms around pools and have never seen any damage.
Doing a quick search, I couldn't even come up with anyone cautioning against it.
You might want to post this in the landscape forum. They may have some more insight.

RE: Can Mexican palms damage a pool?

I had one growing about 5 feet from my pool. No problem.
Palms do not have a tap root. They have a mass of fibrous roots that probably do not extend much more than the width of the canopy.
I have planted many of them.

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