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Proposed tree location
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Hello,

Thank you for offering this wonderful service. I have 5 feet and a few inches between my house and my neighbor's fence.  I long for an aspen tree next to my 2nd story bedroom window to shield me from an ugly parking lot and morning sun.

Can I plant a Swedish aspen in this space or am I just asking for trouble? I would be willing to do any amount of maintenance to be able to have a tree in this spot.  I see Aspen this close to homes in my town, Durango CO. Yet I worry about the foundation, which is concrete walls with a dirt crawl space.

Attached is a picture of the desired location.

Thank you!

-Julie

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I am sorry this is not a good idea due to a couple of things. The space is too small--this tree grows to a width of 5-10 feet and at that width the limbs will be rubbing your house. The root system will expand to about 2 1/2 times the width of the limbs, which would mean they would invade the foundation. It also will sprout suckers from the roots and in this sense becomes invasive. I also think there would be an issue with moisture--it looks like the soil is dry in this area and during rains maybe wet. In that case the tree would not do well. Sorry but some spaces do not allow a tree to grow.  

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I am an expert in Forestry, Forest Entomology, Forest Pest Control, and Forest Health. Extensive knowledge in Identification of insects and diseases of trees. Expert on Bark beetles and other insects that attack forests. Also a Registrated Forester with extensive knowledge in the management and care of forests.

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