Killam News

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?


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


Few choices available

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


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.

Red Serge Ball - March 28

2015-03-11 08:33:34

This is an event that recognizes some very important services provided within our Community, as well as our RCMP members! 

Victim Services provides support and services for people impacted by crime or any associated tragedy. They provide information and referrals, explanation and accompaniment during police interviews and throughout the judicial process. They advocate for victims' rights and ensure the victim is treated with consideration, respect and sensitivity in all interactions with the legal system.

Flagstaff Public Libraries provide us with so much more than people know. Not only books, but computer training, family programs, e-books and a nice quiet place to visit and introduce yourself to the community.

Get your tickets!

Investment Co-op Organizational Meeting

2015-02-17 14:30:43

Please join us for the next step in proceeding with the proposed Investment Opportunity Co-operative!

An orgainzation meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the Killam Agriplex Multipurpose Room, beginning at 7:00pm. 

For more information, please feel free to call Kim Borgel at (780) 385-3977 or talk to one of the members of Killam's Town Council!

Investment Co-op Survey Results

2015-02-09 14:24:13

Thank you to all who took the time to do our Investment Cooperative - Invest in Your Community Surve!.  Survey results have been tallied... with the outcome listed as follows:

       Invest in Your Community….   Questionnaire Results Feb 2015

  1. Are you in favour of a community led & funded organization to develop projects?

     YES - 51      NO - 4

  1. Would you be willing to invest in such an organization? 

     YES - 39      NO - 13

  1. Did you attend the Opportunity Development Co-operative Information Night on November 3, 2014?

    YES - 14       NO - 37

  1. Do you believe there is enough support to start a Co-operative in the Killam community?

    YES - 39       NO - 10

  1. Would you be a willing to participate in the start-up of a Co-operative board?

    YES - 23       NO - 26

  1. Would you be willing to be an ongoing member of the Co-operative board?

    YES - 24       NO - 23

  1. There were many ideas on a “first” project – please prioritize the projects listed below as you see fit:
  1. Adult/Senior Housing Condominium -  9
  2. Affordable Housing - 4
  3. Apartment/Multi-family Housing - 3
  4. Daycare - 13
  5. Medical Clinic - 2
  6. Professional Building - 2
  7. Assistance to people wanting to start-up a business - 9
  8. Assistance to people for succession planning -
  9. Other - 1 Aquaporin Greenhouses set up in each community to provide fresh vegetables and fish for local communities, lodges, restaurants, stores, and any excess is sold outside the county of Flagstaff by the Coop. Organic, and healthy food for all our communities.
  1. Do you believe this organization should be used for Killam projects or be more regionally based?

     YES - 31      NO - 12

  1. Would you like more information on an ODC? If yes, please leave your name and  contact information.

     YES - 7           

Other Information Provided:

NEW! Killam Hall Rental Calendar

2015-01-15 08:42:29

We are excited to have a new calendar online for those people interested in booking the Killam Community Hall fror their special event!  See if your date is available, and decide on a backup date at the same time!  Then just call the Town Office (780) 385-3977 and we will confirm the date and get the booking process underway!

To see the Hall Booking Calendar - go to the "Rental" tab - the calendar is located under the Killam Community Hall Section!


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