Town of Olds Traffic Bylaw 04.15 states: No owner or occupant of private property shall allow any vegetation overhanging a sidewalk, boulevard, roadway or alley to reach a height less than four (4) metres above the said sidewalk, boulevard, roadway or alley.
Sightlines & Obstructions
All vegetation and obstructions must be cut back or removed to ensure visibility at all intersections, including alleyways. Vegetation must be trimmed to allow safe passage for pedestrians, vehicles and heavy equipment.
No owner or occupant of a property may park a vehicle, or build, place, erect or fence, wall, dirt pile, snow pile, or other object within 6 metres of an intersection.
Check Your Trees for Disease
Black Knot Disease
Dutch Elm Disease
Elms should be well watered from April to mid August.
Dead branches and trees that provide beetle habitat should be removed. Since elm bark beetles are attracted to fresh tree wounds, pruning should be done between October 1 to March 31 when the beetles are not in their active stage.
Dispose of all elm wood you have by taking it to your local landfill or by burning, burying or chipping it.
Birch Leaf Miner
The following tips will help you maintain a healthy birch tree:
Roots of birch trees need a cool, moist, shady location. Proper site selection is crucial for a long, healthy existence.
Fertilizing is best done in early spring at the onset of the growing season. Lawn fertilizer applications around the tree may be sufficient.
Prune any dead wood and remove the smaller of any branches that rub one another. Birch tree pruning is best done after the leaves are fully developed (June to July).
During the growing season, provide water during prolonged drought conditions. Thoroughly soak the area under and around thetree at least once a week if no rainfall.