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What Is a Good Distance to Plant a Tree From Your House?

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Place trees so that full-grown tree roots will not grow against the foundation and branches will not rub against the roof. Plant small trees at least 15 feet away and larger trees 20 to 30 feet away from buildings; more if wildfires or windstorms are common in your area.

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Chicago native Laura Reynolds has been writing for 40 years. She attended American University (D.C.), Northern Illinois University and University of Illinois Chicago and has a B.S. in communications (theater). Originally a secondary school communications and history teacher, she's written one book and edited several others. She has 30 years of experience as a local official, including service as a municipal judge.