J. N. J. writes: "In the last week of last October, I transplanted to my place on the shore of Buzzard's Bay, Mass., an elm tree 25 feet high and 5 inches in the butt. It was carried on a man's back a quarter of a mile from where it had been transplanted two years before, and I got three of its main roots with all their fibres, the fourth root I had to cut off, not being allowed to take down a superincumbent wall. The tree is now situated 150 feet from the salt water, in a very successful district for elms, but liable to strong S. W. breezes. I did not top or set back the tree at all, and it now has a beautiful head, with fine, vigorous looking small boughs, all of which I want to preserve, and my question is, must I head the tree, or set it back? And if absolutely necessary, how much, and when? The tree was well guyed for the winter, with a capable man to look after the guys, which I suppose had better be removed in April. I will be much obliged if you will answer in next number of Gardeners' Monthly, which I constantly read; and if you can spare the time to give any additional information, I will feel still more indebted".

[A tree so recently moved before the last transplanting, will not need any pruning or heading back, unless it should show any disinclination to push out leaves in the spring; in which case it should be pruned back as soon as possible after it is discovered that the buds are late in pushing their leaves. Just how much cutting back will depend on how reluctant it may seem. The greater the apparent reluctance, the more severe the pruning. - Ed. G. M].