Drake Elm Tree Growing: Tips On Caring For Drake Elm Trees
The most common question I get asked is “How do I care for my drake elm tree?”
There are many different ways to take care of your trees. Some people just let them go wild and let nature take its course. Others like to keep their trees under control with some basic maintenance. You may want to consider getting professional help if you have a large or particularly aggressive tree.
1) Mulch Your Tree – If you don’t already, start mulching your tree regularly.
Maintain a good layer of soil around the base of your tree so it doesn’t dry out and rot easily. When the ground gets too hot, dig up the top layer of dirt and put it back where it belongs.
2) Watering Your Tree – If you’re not careful, your tree will dry out and die from lack of water.
To prevent this, make sure there’s always plenty of fresh water nearby. Make sure to change the watering solution often so that it stays cool.
3) Pruning Your Tree – Sometimes a little pruning goes a long way when it comes to keeping your tree healthy and looking its best.
4) Other Tips – Here are a few other things you can do to keep your tree growing strong:
Aerate the soil every now and then to allow for the free flow of water and air.
Ensure that you don’t over-fertilize your tree (and trees in general tend not to respond well to heavy fertilization).
Spacing is very important when it comes to trees. Elms in particular have a tendency to get too big for their britches and shade out everything around them if they’re not careful.
Here are a few things you should avoid doing if you want your trees to thrive:
Avoid getting the soil too wet or too dry. The wrong amount of water can either kill your tree or make it very sick.
Don’t bother with insecticides or pesticides. If you have a problem with plant diseases or insects, there are natural ways of combating them that are safer for the environment. (More on this in another post)
Don’t over-fertilize your tree. I can’t stress this one enough. Many people make the mistake of dumping a bunch of chemical fertilizer on their yard every spring. Unless you want to kill everything in the area, avoid using synthetic fertilizers.
And that’s about it. The average person doesn’t need to do very much at all to keep their trees growing strong and healthy. Of course there’s always the possibility that you have a rare specimen that requires some extra attention, such as with the case of the Drake Elm.
This tree, native to the St. Louis area and known for its ruggedness and hardiness, has become a favorite of landscape architects and homeowners alike. Its thick branches and roots make it ideal for soaking up pollution and its hardy nature allows it to survive in a variety of conditions. Unfortunately, there have been some reports of the tree attacking people that get too close.
Due to the danger this tree poses, as well as the fact that most people aren’t prepared to deal with a wild creature of this size, I am urging everyone in the St. Louis area to consider this tree a health hazard and have it removed completely if possible. Alternatively, a very large fence could be built around the tree to keep it from wandering.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Ask The Expert – Don’t Just Take Our Word For It!
Just because we said so doesn’t mean you should take our word for it. Here’s what one of the leading tree expert in the country has to say on the subject.
When is the best time to plant a tree?
A. You can plant a tree anytime, really, but spring is always the best time of year to do it. Just be prepared to protect the seedling or sapling for the first couple of years until it gets big enough to fend for itself.
I know that question doesn’t exactly answer your question, so here’s one that might:
Are Bradford pears really that bad?
A. Yes. It is possible to domesticate a wild tree to a certain extent, but in most cases it’s just not worth the effort.
My neighbor has a Bradford pear and it doesn’t bother anyone, why should I have my trees removed?
A. Bradford pears are an attractive nuisance, meaning they look nice but they’re also very dangerous to your health and property. Just one of those trees can drop up to 30,000 pieces of poisonous fruit per year. And the tree’s shallow roots make it prone to falling over, especially during rainstorms and high winds. In fact, Bradford pears are frequently involved in massive power outages because of this and they’ve been known to break through roofing and floors of homes due to their massive girth.
The only reason your neighbor hasn’t had any problems is because he’s lived there much longer than you have and the tree doesn’t consider him a threat. After you’ve been living there as long as he has, the tree will most likely start causing problems for you as well.
Do I need to worry about my other trees?
A. No, not really. While we don’t normally recommend tearing out a healthy tree, even if it is one of the dangerous species, if you really want to get rid of it yourself we can give you some tips on how to do it safely and securely eliminate any potentially dangerous branches or roots.
What should I do if I see a Bradford pear tree?
A. Don’t just stand around looking at it, warn people! If you know someone who lives near a Bradford pear or any of the other dangerous trees, warn them! Just tell them to look out their windows and they’ll see it.
It is better that your friends and family be angry with you than be sorry.
Here is a map of St. Louis with the dangerous trees highlighted in red. As you can see, there’s plenty of room for them without having to cut down any more trees!
You are welcome.
The St. Louis Tree Removal Service
Sources & references used in this article:
Response of oaks and elm to soil inoculations with mycorrhizal fungi and rhizobacteria in a nursery by B Rao, DH Marx, B Jeffers – Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, 2006 – search.proquest.com
A 10-year evaluation of the performance of four elm cultivars in California, US by …, SR Scott, CM Drake – Arboriculture & Urban …, 2004 – search.proquest.com
Rethinking the dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa by …, L Lewis, J Blinkhorn, NA Drake… – … : Issues, News, and …, 2015 – Wiley Online Library
WAVING” A BOUGH OF CHALLENGE”: FORESTRY ON THE KANSAS GRASSLANDS, 1868-1915 by JD Ward – Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc, 1985
Old Landmarks and Historic Personages of Boston by BA Drake – Great Plains Quarterly, 2003 – JSTOR