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Old 04-28-2011, 06:51 AM   #1
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Beware of the Elm Tree


I dug out a foundation yesterday and could not believe the havoc a tree 60 away can cause.

My sidewalk is lined with them at only 30 out.

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Yup. When we bought the house that we are in now, we naturally invited the folks to look at it, and the only negative thing that my dad and father-in-law had to say, was "those damn elm trees need to go", and they were both very adamant about it (almost to the the point of being annoying). Well, dad died suddenly and unexpectedly right about then, but the father-in-law kept pestering me about it, so I caved, and we cut down 6 or 8 of them around the house the next spring. Now about 30 years later, and having seen some of the things that they had obviously seen over their years, whenever I see an elm tree near a structure, driveway, or drainfield, I think about those two wise ol' guys badgering me, because I now know that they very likely saved me a lot of grief. They are indeed a nuisance when it comes to anything man made.

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Look up at the canopy. the roots can stretch out as far as the Tree Canopy covers.
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Elm tree?? American elm?

I did not think there were any left
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Elm tree?? American elm?

I did not think there were any left
There are not many. There is one in my neighbor's yard that is 100+ years old and it's one of only a hand full in our town that survived the Dutch elm disease.
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Well I was told it was an Elm. I can’t say that leaf tree identifications is one of my fortes but now you have me wondering.

"ID Tree", I’ll put it on my list today.
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There are not many. There is one in my neighbor's yard that is 100+ years old and it's one of only a hand full in our town that survived the Dutch elm disease.
There used to be thousands of them around here, but as you said,DED wiped them all out. I think there are still one or two down in the median strip in Frederick.

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