Banding prevents host of tree trouble
According to Daily Lennox, there's a simple measure Moose Javians can employ to avoid a great deal of tree trouble.
© Justin Crann
Daily Lennox demonstrates the simple measure — banding — that can prevent a number of major issues for trees during her tree branding workshop in Elgin Park Saturday.
"The banding of the trees helps control cankerworms," Lennox, who was hosting a tree banding demonstration at Elgin Park Saturday, told the Times-Herald.
Tree banding is a common practice in Moose Jaw because it prevents cankerworm infestations in trees — particularly of the elm and maple varieties.
"With cankerworms, the (female) moths that lay the eggs can't fly, so they have to crawl up the side of the trunk," Lennox explained. "If you put insulation around the tree and use saran wrap or a garbage bag to get it tight against the trunk, the moth can't crawl underneath. And then you grease the top so if she does crawl over, she gets stuck.
"It makes it so she can't lay eggs up in the trees."
Bands are put on the trees in the fall season, left over the winter, and then greased again in the spring. They are removed from the trees in June.
Lennox said controlling cankerworms is vital because they can "defoliate" a tree, eating all of its leaves.
"If it happens early enough in the spring, it stresses out the tree," she added, noting while most trees will regrow their leaves, the elms become more susceptible to elm bark beetles.
The beetles are bad news because they bring another unwanted guest along with them.
"Elm bark beetles may carry the Dutch Elm disease virus," Lennox said.
Though the main goal remains controlling cankerworms, banding "also helps maintain your trees, keeping them healthy and hopefully warding off Dutch Elm disease."You can follow Justin Crann on Twitter or like him on Facebook.