Dutch Elm Disease

Aggressive & Contagious Disease

Dutch Elm Disease (DED) is very aggressive and likely to spread to other elms if not promptly removed. Although numerous studies have been undertaken to find a solution to the problem, no cure is currently available. Efforts at preventative programs have failed to halt the spread of the disease.
Collage of 3 Dutch Elm Tree elements
The village has retained the services of an arborist, Urban Forest Management, to survey the entire community for Dutch Elm Disease (DED). Trees infected with DED are marked with pink paint at the base of each tree.

Residents' Responsibility

It is required by village ordinance that property owners receiving official notice of DED shall have 10 days to remove such trees. Contractors specializing in DED removal may be found in the yellow pages of the phone directory.

Once the trees are removed and disposed of completely, including the stump, please return the lower portion of your DED notification which serves as documentation of DED removal. The village will then complete a final inspection to ensure compliance with the ordinance.

View the Village of Deerfield DED Ordinance (Village Code Chapter 21, Article 2). Find general information on the disease from the U.S. Forest Service.


DED notifications serve as your permit in accordance with the Tree Preservation Ordinance. Please display this letter prominently in a window visible from the street. There are no Village assessed fees to remove a disease tree; however, the cost of tree removal and disposal is a private matter between the homeowner and the contractor.

The Village regrets the burden of this problem and the loss of a valuable asset to both you and your neighbors. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Should you have any questions, please call the Public Works Department at 847-317-7245 (7-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) or contact us by completing this contact form.