Moose Jaw – The City of Moose Jaw reminds residents that the Elm Tree Pruning Ban will be in effect April 1st to August 31st in the Province of Saskatchewan. It is illegal to prune elm trees during this time.
All elm wood must be disposed of at the City Sanitary Landfill or promptly burned in a legal fireplace or firepit. In order to dispose of elm wood at the Sanitary Landfill, which is a free service, you must obtain an Elm Wood Disposal Permit from the City’s Parks and Recreation department. There is no charge for the disposal permit.
“The City of Moose Jaw had 30 positive cases of Dutch Elm Disease in 2019, a notable increase over the 19 positive cases in 2018.” stated Sarah Regent, Parks Gardener for the City of Moose Jaw. “Elms are some of the most valuable trees in our city and you can help protect our elm tree population by pruning out dead wood before the pruning ban takes effect and promptly disposing of all elm wood.”
Elm bark beetles, which play a critical role in the transmission of Dutch Elm Disease (DED), are attracted to pruning wounds during the ban period. The beetle is the main carrier of the fungus responsible for DED and travels from infected trees, where they deposit their eggs, to healthy trees to feed. By flying from tree to tree, these beetles deliver spores of the fungus in a very effective manner.
For additional information and help identifying elm trees please contact the City of Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation Department or use the Parks & Recreation links at www.moosejaw.ca