It’s almost that time again for everyone to not prune elm trees.
From April 1 to Aug. 31, the elm tree-pruning ban in the city of Moose Jaw and in Saskatchewan will be in effect. Pruning elm trees in that time frame is illegal.
“That is when the beetles that carry or may possibly be carrying the Dutch elm disease virus are most active and they are attracted to fresh cuts on elms,” said Daily Lennox, parks gardener with the city. “If somebody wanted to completely remove their elm tree, that they could do.”
She added if somebody did an elm tree removal they would have to ensure to properly treat the stump by killing the roots correctly, remove all the bark or bury the stump. In order to do a removal or to transport elm wood to the dump, she said to call the parks and recreation department to receive an elm disposal permit free of charge. The permit would also waive the dump fees.
“We don’t want you keeping the wood. They have the tree removed. All the wood is taken to a landfill site and it’s buried,” said Lennox. “You can actually get fined for transporting elm firewood without a permit.”
For more information, see Saturday's edition of the Times-Herald.