When you flip the calendar to September, you’ll get more abilities.
One, being the opportunity to enjoy the Labour Day long weekend.
The other, being the opportunity to prune your elm trees.
As of September 1st, residents will be allowed to once again prune their trees, as a province wide ban on the process is lifted. The ban was initially enacted on April 1st as part of the city of Regina’s “proactive” approach to reduce the spread of Dutch Elm disease.
The city’s Manager of Forestry, Pest Control and Horticulture Russell Eirich said city crews will also be out and about pruning.
“We’re going to be starting that elm pruning in and around the Washington Park area of the city,” he said. “We’re also bringing in some contractors, as well, to help us out.”
Eirich also spoke about how the city’s work to prevent the spread of Dutch Elm disease. With only five cases of it this year, he said we’re around the annual average.
“Last year, we saw ten. So, we were literally half of what we saw last year for the amount of Dutch Elm disease in the City of Regina.”
“So we’re really happy about that result.”
Eirich also updated it’s mosquito count, saying throughout their 12 traps, 18 mosquitoes per trap was the average, which is less than the average for this time of year of 43.