Tree treat­ment

Sev­eral old elm trees in Char­lot­te­town in­oc­u­lated against Dutch elm dis­ease

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY

Sev­eral ma­jes­tic, old elm trees in Char­lot­te­town are re­ceiv­ing po­ten­tial life-sav­ing treat­ment.

The city has been in­oc­u­lat­ing trees since 2010 but has switched this year to the fungi­cide Ar­botetc 2020-S, which is be­lieved to be more ef­fec­tive than the pre­vi­ous prod­uct the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had used, says Beth Hoar, Char­lot­te­town’s park­land con­ser­va­tion­ist.

Mor­gan Laverty, a Dutch elm dis­ease tech­ni­cian, was treat­ing an Amer­i­can elm tree on Hills­bor­ough Street Thurs­day morn­ing. The tree, which stands about 85 feet tall and is at least 100 years old, is the eighth tree Laverty has treated this year in Char­lot­te­town.

He is look­ing to do one or two more this year, notes Hoar.

She says the treat­ment lasts for three years. The city plans to treat an­other set of elm trees next year at an av­er­age cost of $360 per tree.

“We still have some re­ally mag­nif­i­cent elms left…well worth sav­ing,’’ says Hoar.

“We have had pos­i­tive feed­back from pretty much any­one who has come upon us do­ing this…a lot of peo­ple are re­ally pos­i­tive about the fact that we are try­ing to pre­vent trees from get­ting Dutch elm dis­ease.’’

Since March 2015, 440 elm trees have been cut down in Char­lot­te­town due to Dutch elm dis­ease.

Roughly 450 elm trees re­main in the city.

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

Mor­gan Laverty, a Dutch elm dis­ease tech­ni­cian, treats a tall Amer­i­can elm tree on Hills­bor­ough Street in Char­lot­te­town Thurs­day in an at­tempt to help pre­vent the healthy tree from con­tract­ing Dutch elm dis­ease.

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