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Ask NOW: How many elm trees does the Village of Elm Grove actually have?

This elm tree, at 2040 Hawthorne Drive, is, according to village of Elm Grove Forester Ron Hill, one of the largest of the 814 elms still standing in the municipality.

This elm tree, at 2040 Hawthorne Drive, is, according to village of Elm Grove Forester Ron Hill, one of the largest of the 814 elms still standing in the municipality.

June 10, 2014

Is there a rumor you'd like tracked down? Geoff Bruce answers some of the mysteries of life in Brookfield and helps solve everyday problems.

How many elm trees are actually in Elm Grove?

Question: The village of Elm Grove's name certainly brings up a certain image, but how many elm trees are actually located in the village at this time?

Response: There are 814 elm trees currently in the municipality. The 814 make up nearly 10 percent of the village's 8,500 total trees.

"I try to plan for as many different varieties as I can, and elm is included as one of them," village forester Ron Hill said. "We've done everything from sugar maple to oak trees."

Hill noted that he very much tries to encourage diversity among the trees that decorate the village's streets and yards.

"If someone has two maples growing in their front yard, I try to convince them to do a different species on the right of way. Diversity is a key," Hill said. "I'm not going to be the forester who left just one plant type for the next guy."

Hill said his department plants between 40 and 60 trees per year, which usually includes between 10 and 20 elm trees.

"It all depends on what's out there and what's available," he said.

Dutch Elm disease remains an issue for elm trees and those within Elm Grove are injected with a pathogen designed to help the tree build an immunity to the fungus.

"One thing that American elms were so good at is that they could seed out and start growing anywhere. The reproduction is great," Hill said. "There are little elms trying to make it all over the place."

Email your question to Geoff Bruce at gbruce@jrn.com.

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