The City of Regina has seen ten cases of Dutch Elm disease across the city this summer.
Russell Eirich, Manager of Forestry Horticulture and Pest Control for the city said as the summer ages it becomes more difficult for crews to identify infected elm trees.
“If you start to look at the elm trees right now the leaves are starting to change, some of it is a little bit related to drought, also the cooler nights, the less sunlight will also start to make the leaves on the elm trees change over. Which makes it a whole lot more difficult for us to distinguish what’s normal for fall and what’s a diseased tree,” Eirich said.
Eirich added they will continue the Dutch Elm program until the Labour Day long-weekend, saying that is a normal time of year for the city to shut the program down until the following spring.