If you had plans to prune your elm trees this weekend, you’re out of time and out of luck.
Pruning of elm trees is prohibited throughout Saskatchewan from April 1 to August 31 each year.
Colin Arndt with the Ministry of Environment says our province has taken careful measure to protect the trees.
By banning fresh cuts of elm trees throughout the time, the risk of Dutch Elm Disease decreases,according to Arndt. He says other provinces have not been so fortunate.
“Ontario was one of the first provinces to be affected by the disease,” says Arndt. “They have lost a majority of their trees.”
Arndt says the pruning ban is so lengthy because this is the time when the elm bark beetle is most active.
“Those are the months the beetles are flying around and eating and breeding,” says Arndt. “After August 31st, they go to the bases of the elm trees where they overwinter.”
Arndt says it’s illegal to use, store or sell elm wood for any purpose during this time period.
He says fresh cuts from pruning attract the insect and increases the chance of Dutch Elm Disease.