Planting Over Septic Lines - Knowledgebase Question

Lillian, AL
Question by michey
May 26, 1998
I understand you can't plant veggies over septic lines but annual flowers are okay. What about bulbs and perennals? I want to plant over the field lines not directly over the tank. The lines are supposedly 36" deep.


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Answer from NGA
May 26, 1998

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Go ahead and plant your annual and perennial flowers over the lines.

Vegetables are debatable, although many people feel that even they are o.k. The septic effluent never contacts the fruit or leafy part of the vegetable, so bacterial contamination is not a significant concern. Heavy metal uptake by the roots is a possibility, yet most experts indicate that a home septic system poses little heavy metal threat, especially with lines as deep as yours (36"). The real concern is if your system fails and the effluent comes to the surface.

It really comes down to what you feel comfortable with. Either way though, the annual and perennials are fine.

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