A spruce tree is planted close to the corner of our house and a power line runs through it. We have been told it will double its height, which is now nearly 20 feet, and will create problems with our perimeter drains and perhaps our sanitary sewer. The suggestion was to have the tree removed. I have great resistance to removing a tree and am wondering if the tree could be pruned in a way that would mediate the potential problems with the power line and drains. Or, in your view, would it be best to remove it and plant something more suitable to the site?

As the tree grows, you might be able to prune the limbs near the wires to prevent contact. If the trunk of the tree grows in such a way that the wires are rubbing against it, you could put a protective guard on the wires. With the root issue, I'm afraid you won't be able to stop root growth. The tree will continue to develop and become larger so you might have to look at removing the tree and replant with another in a different location.




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