How to repot a palm tree

Dig up the dead one.
Get a digger to drop it over the wall and bring back another one.

Make sure the hole’s ready for it.

Lift it into place with lots of the Malayalam equivalents of ‘easy geezer’, ‘bit to the left mate’ and ‘all together now, liiffft!’.

The guys did a sterling job.
What worries me is why several palms around the pool died in the first place. Were they planted when dying – and if so, why? Did they die because of over-watering/under-watering and if so, what’s been done to stop the new ones dying? Each of these types of palms apparently costs around 6,000 Dhs, double what they were a year or two ago.

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