Protect Your Elm Trees: Pruning Ban begins April 1

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The annual ban on pruning elm trees in Saskatchewan begins April 1 and runs Until August 31. The ban is in place to protect the province’s elm trees by helping slow the spreads of Dutch Elm Disease (DED).

DED is caused by a fungus spread by elm bark beetles. These beetles are attracted to fresh cuts on elm trees. With warmer weather, these tiny beetles become more active, increasing the risk of infection. Adhering to the pruning ban reduces tree wounds during heightened beetle activity, helping reduce the spread.