The city of Regina has found ten elm trees infected with Dutch Elm disease this summer, and expects no more to be found as they prepare to lift the elm pruning ban.
Russell Eirich, the Manager or Forestry, Horticulture and Pest Control for the city of Regina said residents and city crews can begin pruning elm trees on Friday.
“We have some contracted services that will be working in various areas in the immediate future starting on September 1, and working throughout the weekend, and then we’re actually going to try and finish up the General Hospital area, along Victoria Avenue and College Avenue,” Eirich said on Tuesday.
City forestry crews will be looking after residential calls for elm pruning, Eirich says they have received a substantial amount of calls to come prune residential city owned elm trees which will be put on a September 1st “spring forward” list.
Elm tree pruning is banned between April and September to help prevent the spread of the elm bark beetle which is known to carry Dutch Elm disease.