Chinese Elm Forest
This Chinese Elm Group was recently acquired.
The previous owner was elderly and had not carried out any maintenance work for some years, Eight out of thirteen trees were dead and had to be removed, leaving a much reduced group of five, including the main tree. This group of Chinese Elms is rare as they are straight tall trees as these days the demand for S shaped trees has resulted in demise of tall straight trees such as the ones in this group.
Having removed the dead trees, I then worked on the live five remaining trees. There was a lot of dead branches which were removed. Then the process of pruning was completed.
In the between working on the trees, I tried to source similar trees to add to the group to increase the number from five. Such straight trees were no where to be found.
During the pruning I identified three long branches growing horizontally through the trees as candidates for air layering and making trees from them to add to this group planting. It is now too late to air layer so this will be done in the spring of next year.