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Planting a Lilac Near a Sewer Pipe

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Can you plant a Lilac tree a few feet away from a old tree trunk? I was hoping to hide the trunk with the tree. The problem is also there is city piping 8 feet away as well. In the past, the Cedar tree roots went to piping for water and affected city sewage. Is it true as long as you keep the Lilac tree watered, the roots shouldn't go to piping? Please let me know.

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lanaob

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May 11, 20070 found this helpful

Sounds risky and yet another possiblity of loosing another tree. Depending on the light the trunk gets you might try placing a hanging basket like a fern on top of it or put the top part of a bird bath on it and plant some pretty flowers that will hang off the sides.

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
June 15, 20070 found this helpful

The sewer pipe is likely leading or cracked, so I would NOT plant another tree of ANY kind. However,
a SMALL but mature evergreen, no larger than three feet should be safe to plant there, IF you can get a hole dug deep enough. Cross cut in both directions the old stump, if possible, to accelerate the decomposing of the old trunk. Expect lichen to grow to help eat it away. Something like mature Boxwood

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or Camelia, might work, or even a small mature
CEDAR of a different variety would grow there. If it has a small growth pattern, it should NOT reach for
the pipe, or make matters worse, in my opinion. However, if the pipe is truly shallow, no deeper than
a foot down, I'd plant NOTHING there until the pipe
is completely repaired and NOT leading, then replace
with thich PVC, not copper line, which is less likely to leak. Good luck and God bless you. : )

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January 1, 20100 found this helpful

I would not plant any tree near a sewer pipe, and never, never plant a tree anywhere under electrical or cable overhead lines.

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