The Q&A Archives: Planting hedge close to our septic system

Question: We would like to plant a privacy hedge (5-6ft tall) close to our septic system, 10-15 ft. What would you recommend? Please keep in mind the root system concern when we have so close to the septic tank. Thank you, Lilly Van Slyke

Answer: Septic systems are generally closed systems and roots from plants 10-15 feet away should not bother the sealed tank and leach lines. We've already recommended several shrubs to use as privacy hedges: Thuja 'Pyramidalis' is a narrow, upright hedge, arborvitae, holly, pieris or even skypencil junipers are all good choices for privacy hedges in your growing region.

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