Before and after....The other day John and I saw someones mediterranean palms that were nicely shaped. I told him we need to do that to ours. They are so out of control and we weren't sure how to cut them. Well today I grabbed the choppers and went at it. These things are deadly. Got one of the thorns in my skin and didn't know it until later. Ouch. What a difference they look. I'm going to see how long it takes John to notice when he comes home.