The annual ban on pruning elm trees in the province has ended.

Each year provincial regulations prohibit pruning elm trees from April 1 through to August 31 to reduce the risk of spreading Dutch Elm Disease.

The elm bark beetles that spread the disease are most active during that time frame and fresh cuts from pruning can attract insects to healthy elm trees.

Home and property owners can now prune their elm trees. Pruning keeps the trees healthy and less vulnerable to all types of diseases.

It is important to prune properly, whether you hire someone or do it yourself.

In Saskatchewan, it is illegal to transport or store elm firewood. Be sure to dispose of elm wood promptly by burning or burying it in a location approved by your local municipality.

To find out more about proper elm tree disposal in your area, check with your local municipal authority.

For more information or if you suspect an elm tree in your area may have Dutch Elm Disease, call the Ministry of Environment's general inquiry line at 1-800-567-4224.