The Q&A Archives: Sun-loving Plants for over the Sewer Lines

Question: I would like to know of some type of perennial to plant on the south side to shade my house. The sewer lines aren't too far below ground there and being in the desert on south side makes it brutally hot . Our whole house is totally unshaded and veggies will not grow because of nematodes. Even a vine would work if I knew what kind to get and felt safe about sewer lines. Any suggestions? Paula Ball Monahans, TX

Answer: Any plant you grow over the sewer lines should be shallow rooted and ornamental so not to disturb your sewer line system. Try growing annuals such as portulaca, verbena, sanvitalia and lantana or perennials such as penstemmon, Mexican sage and California poppies.

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