Black Knot Fungus is back
With the coming of another summer, Black Knot Fungus is back, and the Town of Drumheller is encouraging residents to be proactive in treating the plant disease when it crops up.
The Black Knot Fungus on Mayday, Chokecherry and Schubert Chokecherry trees is widespread across the Province.
The Town of Drumheller says it has been proactive in the eradication of Black Knot Fungus on trees for the last ten years within the limit of its resources.
In order to control the spread of this fungus, the town is asking homeowners to examine their trees for this fungus as seen in the picture.
Homeowners can also be proactive by pruning off infected branches 2-4” below each “knot” and dispose of them in the landfill.
Although the best time is during late winter when the abnormal “knotty” growths are easy to see, the town is asking homeowners to carry out this work now to limit its spread from plant to plant.
The fungus is transported by spores so the proper sanitization of pruning tools is also very important. Ensure your pruning tools are sanitized after you have carried out this work.
The Town of Drumheller is asking residents to be proactive in the treatment of Black Knot Fungus, which produces unhealthy black growths on trees and is contagious.