Avoid Growing these Plants above Your Septic Tank

hands planting small treeWhen designing your landscaping in the backyard, you need to consider your septic tank. Certain plants should not be placed near your septic system because their aggressive root systems can cause damage. It is usually best to avoid large, fast-growing trees, but there are other problematic plants that could pose a danger to your septic tank. Avoid these problematic plants to keep your septic system safe:

  • Weeping Willows
  • Pussy Willow Shrubs
  • Japanese Willow Shrubs
  • Aspen Trees
  • Lombardy Poplar Trees
  • Birch Trees
  • Beech Trees
  • Elm Trees
  • Maple Trees
  • American Sweetgum Trees
  • Ash Trees
  • Tulip Trees

These plants aggressively seek out water wherever they can find it and aren’t picky about the source. Their roots can break into the pipes in your septic system and cause septic system failure. Weeping willow trees are the most notorious examples of this.

Mature Trees

Another danger to your septic tank is large, mature trees in the area. These trees need to be as far away from the septic drain field as they are tall. For example, a 60-foot tree needs to be 60 feet away from the drain field. If you can’t achieve this, you can have root barriers installed.

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