October marks the start of Elm season. Starting October 16th pruning and removing Elm trees will be allowed through April 14th. The reasoning behind this is because of Dutch Elm disease. The disease is caused by beetles and can also be spread through the roots of an infected tree.
In addition to pruning or removing Elm trees, there are precautions that need to be taken. Once the tree has been cut, the wood needs to be chipped or taken to an approved commercial dump site within 24 hours. Proper cleaning and disinfecting of all tools is also required. All of these precautions help reduce the risk of spreading the disease to other Elms.
If you have an Elm tree and you notice wilting and/or yellowing of the leaves, or brown streaks on branches or the trunk, you should contact a Certified Arborist to evaluate your tree. Once a tree is infected it will start to decline within approximately one year.
Owner and Certified Arborist Rich Gillum, of Rich’s Tree Service, Inc., has been serving the Portland Metro areas for over 24 years. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured tree care company that specializes in pruning, preservation, and removal. Customers can read our reviews on Angie’s List, The BBB, Facebook and ask for a list of commercial and residential references to learn more about our superior service.