Planting Trees and Shrubs Near a Septic System

We are new home owners in Advance, NC. Our home has a septic system and we have never had this before, always public sewer. We are on 3/4 of an acre and I would like to plant flowering trees and hopefully some maple trees to give us some privacy. I also would like a somewhat wooded area.

What type of trees, shrubs, flowering trees, etc. can I plant to be safe?

Hardiness Zone: 7a

By Barbara M. from Advance, NC

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October 17, 20090 found this helpful

Well, I live in the north and also have a septic system. My property has bushes and old pine trees abutting the septic system but not planted on the septic area its self with no problems for the 26 years I have been here. There is no need for any additives if you use the system for what it is intended for. I have the holding tank pumped about every 5 or 6 years. People run into problems with their system because they do not have it pumped periodically.

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October 17, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you for your help. I had read that any trees should be planted 100 ft away from the septic lines. That seemed too far for me. Thanks again, Barbara

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October 17, 20090 found this helpful

I strongly suggest you read these links to be on the safe side:

http://www.inspect-ny.com/septic/fieldplants3.htm

http://www.ehow.com/how_4796032_shade-trees-near-septic-tank.html

http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG6986.html

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October 17, 20090 found this helpful

100ft. doesn't sound so bad. My parents had problems when the tree's roots worked their way into the system. Plant whatever you wish, just don't plant near it. :)

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October 17, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks again. I'm reading the articles that were made available to me. It will take me some time and consideration in deciding what type of tree and the position of them. The last thing I want to do is upset the septic system. I do appreciate all the help.

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October 23, 20090 found this helpful

Check with your county or State environmental agency, they may have guidelines to help with your questions. Stay clear or roots may creep into the system somewhere along the way, and then you might have to dig a whole new system.

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