This is my first post here. I'm new to the art of bonsai and could do with a little help. Before I knew about Mallsai (in fact B&Qsai) I bought one but I know all is not lost as with some work and effort it could be turned into a fully fledged bonsai. I have taken (not the best photos in the world) 8 different angles of what I believe is a chinese elm (correct me if I'm wrong). The first two are both potentially where I think the front should be. The second one because of the root structure above the soil. Sorry about the 1st pic. Which would you prefer the front to be?
Now after intensely reading a few articles around the net I have a couple of ideas to improve the tree. The soil is very compact and watering it has to be thorough for it to get all the way through. I have found that it takes nearly a week for the surface of the soil to nearly dry out so I'm thinking that this could cause problems with root rot. I'm guessing the heavy density of the soil is causing this although there is a bit of drainage but not a huge amount. Should I re-pot and trim the roots? If so what soil should I use? For improvement do you think it would look better with the soil not raising up to the tree?
I've had this for about three weeks although its losing leaves from day to day due to the tree trying to climatise to its new surroundings plenty more leaves are growing to replace them fast which reassures me that the tree is at least in a fairly healthy condition. Its currently situated not directly on my bedroom windowsill but nearby where it has plenty of indirect and some direct sunlight.
If anyone has some advice and can share any expertise on what to do to improve my tree then I would be grateful to hear it.