With fall just around the corner, it is once again that time of year when residents can prune their elm trees without worry. 

Effective today, the annual ban on pruning elm trees has been lifted in Saskatchewan, marking the end of a seasonal restriction aimed at curbing the spread of Dutch Elm disease. 

Joshua Pol, Forest Health Specialist at the Saskatchewan Forest Service, elaborated on the ban that takes effect each year. 

“The elm pruning ban is in place to help with the spread of disease because by pruning a tree, you are making it more susceptible and visible to the beetles that transmit Dutch Elm Disease,” he explained. “So, between April one and August 31, that's when the Beatles are most active and by having this ban, we hope to limit the spread of the beetles.” 

Dutch Elm Disease poses a serious threat to the province's picturesque landscapes, scattered with elm trees. By allowing elm tree pruning between September 1st and March 31st, residents contribute to the overall health and longevity of the trees. 

Pol added that if residents do trim their elm trees, proper disposal is crucial to help stop the spread as well. 

“You want to take it to a landfill or designated elm disposal site and from there, they will burn or bury the elm wood as quickly as possible,” he stated. “That will also help to slow the spread of Dutch Elm disease in Saskatchewan.” 

He added that it is important to slow down the spread of Dutch Elm Disease in order to preserve Saskatchewan’s natural beauty. 

“We have such beautiful elm trees in the cities, towns, and villages of Saskatchewan, and we want to be able to enjoy them for as long as possible, so, by slowing the spread, we're allowing for future generations to enjoy the beautiful elms of Saskatchewan,” Pol concluded. 

If you suspect an elm tree might be infected, call the Ministry of Environment's Inquiry Centre at 1-800-567-4224. 

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