August 1st is around the corner and you know what that means ….

IT IS TIME TO PRUNE THE ELM TREES !!!

Why now? Well, here in Manitoba, we have a nasty little pest called the Elm Bark Beetle. If you were to prune an elm tree during the ban (which runs from April 1-July 31st inclusive), these beetles would be attracted to the fresh wounds and potentially carry the fungus with them. The “old-kick-them-while-they-are-down” routine.

As are many of the problems nowadays, the Elm Bark Beetle was imported on a load of logs and brought the problem to our continent from Europe. If you would like to read more about the history of Dutch Elm Disease – from its modern discovery to its ancient ancestor – click here! We have been successful in Canada at stemming the spread of the disease – partially through the pruning ban. Sadly, other efforts have gone more towards preventive removals. Chris had a beautiful elm tree – likely more than 100 years old – “vaccinated” so that the City of Winnipeg would not remove it. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that Chris has been a tree lover for many a year.

A good pruning is great for the health of any tree – as long as it is done at the right time of year. Call us today! We would be honoured to care for your elm trees – as they are symbols of endurance in our modern world. For prompt estimates – call (204) 730-0368

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