Saskatchewan’s annual ban on elm tree pruning has ended and homeowners can prune their elm trees starting Thursday, September 1.
Pruning elm trees is prohibited from April 1 to August 31 each year to reduce the risk of Dutch elm disease.
The elm bark beetles that spread the disease are most active at this time, and fresh cuts can attract them to healthy trees.
Regular pruning outside the ban period helps keep elm trees healthy and better able to resist all types of disease, including DED.
Removing dead branches makes trees less attractive to elm bark beetles.
Proper pruning is important, according to provincial officials.
Pruning incorrectly can spread DED and other tree diseases.
Under provincial regulations, all commercial pruners of elms must complete a recognized training program or be supervised by someone who has.
It is illegal to transport or store elm firewood; the wood attracts beetles that can spread DED.