You need one pruning saw, one willing husband, and a hard hat to cut down the banana trees! Timber!!!!!!!
These stately fellas standing up in the sky at about 15 feet were a bit tattered and blackened by our recent frosts. It was 'tree' chopping time for sure!
The resulting stump is very interesting on its own. See how it is honeycombed? Way cool.
These banana trunks were nearly a foot wide. The trees are extremely heavy. The heaviness all comes from water and the fibers because there is NO woody material in these banana 'trees'.
Another season has come and gone, but don't worry these hardy Japanese bananas (Musa bajoo) will return next year for a new season.
This is the second year I have allowed my husband to cut down these 'trees'. A chore he relishes as he thinks all the trees should go. He actually volunteered to take out the bananas. Once cut, I don't do anything special for my banana trees, though a heavy coat of mulch would not hurt. The cut trees go straight into the compost bin with some heavy maneuvering and more cutting. They filled up all three of the bins this year. The bananas have returned faithfully each year for the past three years and have steadily increased. A super fun plant.....
in the garden....
All banana trees were cut down in the fall to about 1-2" above ground level.