Don't prune elm trees this spring and summer

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On July 10, 2012, this tree in Wakamow Valley was removed due to Dutch elm disease

From April 1 to Aug. 31, pruning elm trees is prohibited.

Daily Lennox, parks gardener with the City of Moose Jaw, said elm bark beetles are most active during that period.

“Elm bark beetles are attracted to the smell of fresh cut elm wood,” said Lennox. “If they are carrying the Dutch elm disease (DED) virus, then your tree gets infected and your tree dies.”

In 2013, there were 15 positive cases of DED in Moose Jaw, which she said is “really high.” Five or six of those cases were a section of trees in a remote area of Wakamow Valley with dying elm trees.

“So we took all the elm out,” said Lennox.

She said trees can still be removed during that time, but there are specific rules on how to do that. To remove a tree, or to obtain any additional information, contact the parks and recreation department at 306-694-4447 or contact or Lennox directly at 306-693-4439.

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Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Wakamow Valley

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