Note the picture of Roberto, our very talented gardener. He does not use a machete-doesn't believe in them. Instead, he uses an extremely sharp knife. He makes a huge mess, but it is all worth it. We now have the healthiest palms in Todos Santos. We guard information about him because we don't want him to get so busy that he has no time for us.
The grey water situation discussed in the waste treatment article has proved highly successful in raising Palm trees and other plants. They seem to thrive on it and it is certainly a great way of getting rid of that waste. It has no odor and is dispersed via a sprinkling system. As our house was built long before we laid out the gardens, there was not adequate water for all plants. We have installed several drip systems with battery run timers. The challenge has been finding the proper drip equipment. Slowly, Home Depot is getting some in. We have a local hardware that has some and bring the rest.
Another thing our gardner made us aware of, is the need for plant food. He explained that the sand we are planting in (along with some dirt) has very little nutrients. We were able to buy the food locally.
If properly cared for you will enjoy a plethora of palm trees because they reproduce rapidly.
Good luck with your adventure.