City parks gardener to hold tree-banding clinic
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On July 10, 2012, this tree in Wakamow Valley was removed due to Dutch elm disease
So far the city has 14 trees that have tested positive for Dutch elm disease.
Last year there were six trees with the disease.
“It’s getting to be a real problem,” said parks gardener Daily Lennox. “It takes less than five minutes. In five minutes you can have a tree banded.”
On Sept. 21 Lennox will host a tree-banding clinic at Elgin Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the clinic she’ll band trees to demonstrate how it’s done.
“Banding elm and maple helps control cankerworms and controlling cankerworms helps maintain healthy elms,” said Lennox. “Elm bark beetles carry Dutch elm disease and they are attracted to unhealthy-looking elms. If you have an elm tree that’s got a lot of dead branches, that’s half-dead or that looks like it doesn’t have its leaves, that attracts the elm bark beetle and they might be carrying Dutch Elm disease.”
She said the females that lay the eggs can’t fly and need to climb up the trees. If the tree is banded the beetle can’t lay eggs.
“The banding doesn’t prevent Dutch Elm disease. The banding controls cankerworms,” said Lennox. “We don’t really have a serious problem with fall cankerworms. It’s the spring cankerworms and everybody has these little caterpillars coming down and they’re all over their cars. That’s what that controls.”
She said all people need to band a tree is insulation, grease and Saran Wrap. Anyone who attends the clinic will receive insulation to band approximately four trees.
For more information call Lennox at 306-694-4439.
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