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Question: I recently bought a house with a raywood ash in the front yard.

The tree is twelve feet (12) from the foundation, two (2) feet from the water meter box and directly over the water main going to the house. Roots are currently surfaced in several areas. Your reccommendations would be?

j. gassaway

Answer: Fraxinus oxycarpa 'Raywood' (Raywood Ash) is a deciduous tree with an oval canopy. It is a fast growing, large tree (Height: 30-40'; Spread: 20'). The roots can become invasive and should be contained if your yard is small. I think the tree is much too close to the house and I'd recommend moving it now while it is still relatively small. (Fall and winter are excellent times to transplant.) Best wishes with your new home!

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