Why Do Some Palm Trees Around the City Have Metal Bands Attached to Their Trunks?

Our in-house historian has the answer

Cinching a belt about four to ten feet from the base of the trunk helps keep rodents and other wildlife from making a home at the top. The apparatus also discourages domestic animals from reaching new heights. “My cat used the tree as a ladder to get on my roof,” says David Bleistein, president of the Palm Society of Southern California, who installed a metal band to thwart the climbing. “I was afraid a hawk would get her. In the end, a coyote did.”