Released September 27th, 2021
WEYBURN – The City of Weyburn Parks Department will be basal spraying elm trees for control of Dutch Elm Disease in the city from October 4-8, weather permitting.
Dutch Elm Disease (DED) is an incurable fungal disease spread by the elm bark beetle that kills any elm tree it infects. DED has been a reoccurring problem with outbreaks in Southeast Saskatchewan for the last few years.
Spraying operations will be conducted between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., on the following streets in the area:
- 1st Ave. S to 10th Ave. S
- Government Rd. to Confederation Dr.
- 1st Ave. NW to 3rd Ave. NW
- Scott Cres. to Elgin St.
- Saskatchewan Dr.
- 1st Ave. N to 5th Ave. N
- Windsor St. to King St
- 1st Ave. NE to Eaglesham Avenue
- 16th Street to Dieppe Drive
Operations will cease between 8-9 a.m., and over the lunch hour from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., when students will be walking to and from school.
Parks employees have been properly trained in basal spraying; we ask that the public do not approach city staff while spraying is taking place. Staff will only enter properties where written authorization was provided in addition to the spraying of city-owned boulevard trees.
Basal spraying can be an effective tool in preventing the spread of DED, and involves the spraying of pesticide to tree trunks at a low pressure which dries quickly.
Orange flagging tape is used to indicate which trees that will be treated. Children and pets should be kept away from flagged trees for a period of 24 hours after the elm tree has been sprayed.
Spraying schedules will be announced via the Citizen Alert System, City of Weyburn website (www.weyburn.ca) and the city’s social media platforms.
For additional information contact the Parks Department at (306) 848-3290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. DED information can also be found here.