Black Knot Fun­gus is back

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

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.

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