Parks & Greenspaces

Dutch Elm Disease FAQ

Dutch Elm Disease Management in Brandon

Large tree on the street

Dutch Elm Disease is managed jointly between the Province and the City of Brandon. This program has been very successful in limiting the loss of elm trees in our community from this deadly disease.


Q. How is DED spread from infected elms to healthy elms on my property?

A. A dead or dying elm on our property attracts elm bark beetles, which breed underneath the bark of the tree. Beetles emerging from trees killed by DED are contaminated with the spores of the DED fungus. When these infected beetles mature and move to other elms to feed or spend the winter, they continue the infection cycle.


Q. How should I dispose of elm wood?

A. Dead or dying elm trees can be removed entirely any time of the year. Elms should be cut flush with the ground and either burned, buried, or chipped.

Contact the Operations Department at 204-729-2285 or your RM office for on-site burning regulations and for the location of the nearest disposal site.


Q. Can I keep elms as firewood?

A. No. Using elms as firewood, a major factor in spreading DED, is illegal.


Q. When can I prune my elm tree?

A. You can prune healthy elms to remove dead or damaged branches anytime except between April 1st and July 31st. During this time beetles are active and would be attracted to open wounds which makes your tree more vulnerable to DED. Note: It is important to sterilize your pruning tools between trees.


Q. Whom do I call if I suspect my elm tree has Dutch Elm Disease or for more information on DED?

A. For trees within Brandon call Manitoba Conservation at 204-726-6444 or City of Brandon Parks Section at 204-729-2148.