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Anyone Ever Successfully Plant a Tree on a Roofdeck?

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“Dear PoPville,

Has anyone been able to successfully grow a tree on a roof deck in DC? That is, without a complicated irrigation system? It’s very sunny, windy, and dry there in the summer. It has to be a small tree because my planter is only 3′ x 3′ x 3′. (And yes, my deck is reinforced, the area where the planter is now was designed to carry the load of a hot tub, which has been removed.)

I was thinking of planting a small Japanese maple but they’re pretty expensive and I hear they need afternoon shade, and of course, the deck gets sun all day.

And yes – I thought of planting a cactus – but I think my animals would kick my ass.”

Ed. Note: I’ll tweet this to Casey Trees who may have some ideas too!

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