Looking to prune your elm trees?
You’ll have to hold off on that activity for a little bit. No joke.
A province wide ban on pruning elm trees takes effect on April 1st, with the intention to limit as much as possible the spread of Dutch Elm disease, something which is becoming an emerging issue.
“Especially on the eastern half. A lot of communities are dealing with tree losses,” Forest, Insect and Disease Program Specialist Brian Poniatowski said. “Also, a lot of rural areas are seeing significant losses of elms in farm shelter belts and along river belts.”
Poniatowski also spoke about the importance of the ban, noting it’s paramount residents know and understand it.
“The more people are aware, the more we can attempt at slowing the spread throughout the province, not introducing it to new communities and slowing the way it moves around.”
The annual ban is in effect until August 31st.