Public Service Announcement - Tree Banding Clinic for Cankerworm Control
Tree Banding Clinic for Cankerworm Control
MOOSE JAW - MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw is reminding the public that the fall cankerworm season is upon us. The Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting a Tree Banding Clinic on September 17, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – noon at Elgin Park. At this clinic, residents will be provided with hands on information on how to properly band a tree and also be given enough insulation and grease to properly band up to four (4) trees of your own. The grease traps catch the female cankerworm moths, preventing them from crawling up the trunks of the trees and laying their eggs.
How to band a tree:
• All elm, Manitoba maple and fruit trees on or adjacent to your property should be banded
• Wrap a four to six inch wide strip of fibreglass insulation around the trunk – about five feet off the ground and out of reach of pets and young children.
• Cover the insulation with a sheet of plastic wrap or cling wrap. Allow serval inches of plastic above and below the insulation. A black plastic garbage bag could also be used.
• If you are using plastic wrap, tape the plastic to the tree with duct tape. If you are using cling wrap then the duct tape is not required. Do not use nails or staples.
• Spread a layer of a sticky substance, such as Tanglefoot, axle grease or petroleum jelly on the plastic.
• Inspect the sticky material regularly and remove leaves, insects and other debris and reapply sticky material if required.
• Bands should be removed by mid-May and reapplied by mid-September. Removing the banks prevents damage or discoloration of the bark.
For additional information please contact the City of Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation Department at 306-694-4430 or www.moosejaw.ca. Click here for a downloadable PDF