Planting A Shrub Over Septic Tank - Knowledgebase Question

Hollywood, FL
Question by hdflh74
December 10, 1999
Is it safe to plant a ficus shrub above a septic tank?


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Answer from NGA
December 10, 1999

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Generally speaking a septic tank or a septic drain field would not pose a threat to the shrub. However, I would not recommend planting one in the drain field area as the roots from a shrub or tree would tend to invade the septic lines,and could create problems in time. Also, septic fields tend to be very waterlogged at certain times of the year. This would be a problem for most types of shrubs, including ficus.

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