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Planting Trees and Shrubs Near a Septic System

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It is important to know the location of your septic tank and drain field when planning your yard. This guide is about planting trees and shrubs near a septic system.


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October 16, 2009

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 Merced from Advance, NC


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.insp  fieldplants3.htm
http://www.ehow  septic-tank.html
http://www.exte  ture/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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