Elm pruning ban begins April 1

The ban on pruning elms is effective beginning April 1 and will remain in effect until Sept. 30. All pruned wood and firewood from elms should now have been disposed of, either by burning or burying. Stored elm wood can harbour the elm bark beetles that can carry Dutch Elm Disease (DED).

According to Janet Feddes-Calpas, executive director of the Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease, if elm trees are pruned during the pruning ban period, these beetles, which are active at this time, can be attracted to the scent of the fresh wound and possibly infect an otherwise healthy elm with DED. Once an elm tree is infected with DED it will die within that year.

For more information, please visit the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry website.