The Q&A Archives: Bradford Flowering Pear And Septic Systems

Question: May a flowering pear tree be planted neart a septic system?

Answer: In general it is recommended not to plant any large shrubs or trees in close proximity to a septic drain field since roots may potentially clog the drain holes in the drain pipes. A tree's roots usually spread wider than the canopy of branches, so a Bradford pear would need a generous space to accommodate its mature width. Your county extension may have suggestions as to what could be planted in that area, usually turf or other low growing non-woody plants are suggested since their root systems tend to be less potentially invasive.

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