Killam News

5K Walk/Run

2015-06-01 09:31:22

Come out and help raise funds for the Killam Health Centre!  Registration is $25 per person, and pledge sheets are available at the front desk at the Killam Health Care Centre. Contact one of the Board members for more information:  Kimberley Bonnett, Laurie Leslie, Sharleen Chevraux or Sharon Moser.

Funds are being raised for the purchase of two new palliative care beds for the Killam Health Centre.

If you are not able to participate, donations will be accepted at the Fron Dest of the Killam Health Centre!

Try-It or Sprint Triathlon

2015-05-26 14:22:41

If you're a beginner and  wanted to give the Try-It Triathlon a try - you have the opportunity to do it on Saturday, May 30!  Join the Sprint Triathlon for a more advanced participant!  For either event, please call Char (780) 385-3977 or Marta (780) 384-3504.  You can also check out the details on the website, under the "Recreation" tab!

Memorial Tree Program

2015-05-26 14:22:17

The Town of Killam is very excited to announce our new Memorial Tree Program! Starting immediately, the Town is taking requests for memorial trees.

If you have a loved one you would like to remember by having a tree planted in their memory, please see below for how our program will work:

  1. Town of Killam Public Works will plant the trees along the walking trail at least 25 feet apart.
  1. The Town has a list of approved species available to choose from based on our weather and soil conditions.
  1. The cost of the purchase of the tree and the donor/memorial plaque will be at the donor’s expense - price ranges will be communicated   in advance and trees must be paid for up front.

             Click to view trees and cost options for 2015:     

                                                                                                

  1. Town of Killam PW will order trees from the nursery and pick them up and bring them back to town for planting.
  1. The Town reserves the right to limit the number of memorial trees planted on municipal lands.
  1. Memorial Trees will be maintained (including watering) by the Town staff, to ensure that they are properly maintained during the period of establishment.
  1. The Town does not guarantee the tree against acts of vandalism, damage or failure as a result of environmental stresses or conditions which may impact negatively on the health of a memorial tree.
  1. The Town will not be responsible for the cost to replace the tree should the tree not survive.

For more information or to order a tree, please contact the Town Office at (780) 385-3977.

Yard Compost Bins Open

2015-05-08 09:17:15

Spring is just around the corner... and thoughts of yard clean up are underway! The Compost Bins will be ready to use for the weekend of April 4th! These bins will once again be located at the Water Treatment Site, behind the school/hospital area.

Please remember that these bins are for garden refuse, grass clippings, leaves and twigs & small branches (less than 1inch in diameter). Material can be dumped directly into the bins.  Use of paper or compostable yard waste bags is permitted.

 

Black Knot and Your Trees

2015-04-02 13:35:42

What is Black Knot Disease?

Black Knot, caused by a fungus, is a very common disease that affects the health of various types of local trees.   Initially, this disease reduces the aesthetic value of the affected tree however, as the infection spreads rapidly, Black Knot can eventual cause the tree to die.

Trees that are prone to this disease, but may not be limited to these, include:

Amur Cherry          Nanking Cherry       Cultivated Plum       Apricot

Chokecherry          Black Cherry          Sand Cherry           Flowering Almond 

Mayday Tree          Pin Cherry             Japanese Plum      Flowering Plum

             

How can you recognize Black Knot?

The most distinguishing symptom of Black Knot is the characteristic black, tar-like swellings that develop on branches of the infected plant.  This disease is spread rapidly as spores become air borne.

Initially, a small, olive-green gall or swelling will develop at a succulent growing point or fruit spur.  This swelling will grow until it is mature, taking 2-3 years. The mature galls are hard, black, 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) and may be somewhat ruptured. Mature galls will produce and release a vast amount of spores during the bloom period, resulting in a rapid increase in infections. The fungus continues to grow internally and externally, with the branch eventually becoming girdled and dying.

How to control Black Knot?

PRUNING  

Prune out all knot-bearing branches during late fall, winter or very early spring when plants are dormant and knots are easy to see

Remove infected branches to at least 15-20 cm (6-8 inches) below knot. NOTE: It is preferable to prune an infected branch further back to an appropriate location, such as a healthy collar, rather than leave a stub

As a precaution, cutting blades should be cleaned and disinfected after pruning, if possible, especially if cuts have been made through obviously infected material

For knots on scaffold branches or trunks that can’t be removed, cut away diseased tissue down to good wood and at least 1 cm (1/2 inch) beyond the edge of the knot

Failure to remove branches beyond the internal growth will result in re-growth of the fungus

DISEASED WOOD MUST BE DISPOSED (burned, buried or removed from site). Diseased knots can produce and release spores for up to 4 months after removal. Proper composting can help to accelerate the breakdown of infected materials

CHEMICAL CONTROL

Few choices available

Not usually recommended unless for valuable plantings, such as collections, orchards, arboreta or for severe infestations.

OTHER OPTIONS

May include use of more resistant selections, ensuring adequate buffer zones between plantings and wild stock, or potential employing biological control products (limited).

Consider hiring a trained professional for pruning activities (Find a Certified Arborist).

This information has been obtained from the Alberta Agriculture website.

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