Elm Trees are large and make great shade trees. Elm trees add beauty and value to your property. Elm trees will grow almost anywhere and can also be transplanted. The leaves of the Elm tree are lustrous dark green in the summer and will turn yellow in the fall. Be careful when picking a spot for this tree, the roots can be very aggressive.
Elm trees grow very rapidly in the right conditions. Elm trees prefer full sun. Water your free plant deep in well drained soil. Fertilize your Elm tree once a year, the best time would be right before spring, ask your local garden center what type of fertilizer will work best in your area. You may have some pruning to do since these trees can grow to be over one hundred and fifteen feet fall. Prune your Elm tree branches from the top working your way down.
From the 18th century to the early 20th century Elm Trees were one of the most popular planted ornamental trees. This came to a stop because of a disease called the Dutch Elm disease. By 1970 this disease killed over 77 million trees; many people thought we were going to loose the Elm tree forever, which such a huge part of American landscaping.
Today, thanks to much research, they have developed a disease resistant Elm tree. However, always keep in mind that this tree can still encounter problems. If your Elm tree’s leafs are appearing white during the summer it most likely means there is a mildew fungus on the tree. To stop the fungus from growing, remove the branches and ask you local garden center which fungicide will work best.
Hopeful your Elm tree will stay healthy and live up to three hundred years old.