ELM PRUNING BAN from April 1 to September 30 *Every Year*
Stop Dutch Elm Disease
To help keep Alberta Dutch elm disease (DED) free, the Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED) encourages everyone to pay attention to the provincial elm pruning ban between April 1 and September 30. To help eliminate beetle habitat, it is important to properly prune all dead wood out of your elms and dispose of all pruned elm wood and elm firewood by burning, burying or chipping by March 31. Stored elm wood can harbor the elm bark beetles that can carry DED.
“Elm bark beetles, responsible for spreading the deadly DED fungus, feed on healthy elms and breed in dead and dying elm trees,” says Janet Feddes-Calpas, STOPDED executive director. “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.”
Having your tree pruned properly is important. Many trees are killed or ruined annually from improper pruning. Pruning like any other skill requires knowledge and should be done by a professional certified arborist who can determine what type of pruning is necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance and safety of your trees.
Topping or removing an excessive amount of live wood is not recommended on any variety of trees and will weaken the tree’s structure. For more information on, certified ISA arborists and https://www.alberta.ca/dutch-elm-disease.aspx, click the the linked websites.
STOPDED Contact: Janet Feddes-Calpas 1-877-837-ELMS
Fire Hydrant Flushing
From May to October, weather permitting, the Water and Wastewater Utilities department will be flushing fire hydrants throughout town. When crews are in your neighborhood you may have some discoloration to the water in your home. This is normal and can be cleared by turning a tap on inside and/or outside your home to run the water for a short time. Thank you for your cooperation.
Sewer Line Maintenance
The Water & Wasterwater Utilities department will be conducting their annual sewer maintenance program from May to October weather permitting. When crews are in your neighborhood some air may end up in the sewer lines. This is normal and will clear as the sewer system in your home is used. Thank you for your cooperation.
Snow and Ice Control
The Sidewalk Maintenance policy outlines the process for replacement to ensure every year sections of sidewalks are replaced for the safety of residents.
Sidewalk Inspection and Maintenance Policy.
Report a Pothole
The Town of Ponoka would like help locating potholes over the spring and summer months. Please contact the Town’s Public Works department and provide as much detail as possible about the pothole’s location.
Help stop the Spread of Black Knot Fungus
Those ugly black lumps in your Maydays and choke cherry trees could be a fungal disease called Black Knot. It is easy to see now & winter is the time to prune it. Branches pruned are best destroyed by burning.
The Alberta Government has a great information about how to identify and control this disease. If you suspect a tree on your property has black knot fungus, local companies can be contacted for help with identification and pruning. The Town of Ponoka employs staff who plant and care for the Town’s parks, greenspaces, trees, flowers and shrubs. These staff are also trained to recognize and deal with various tree diseases. Click here for additional information.
Thank you for doing your part to keep trees disease free!