Knockout Roses – What Is A Safe Distance To Plant Them From A Water Line?

Q: I want to plant Knock Out roses near a water line but I’m worried the roots may break into the pipe. What is a safe distance to plant them from something like this?

A: Plant roots do not invade water supply lines unless there is a leak. You’d probably notice the leak and fix it before the roots had a chance to grow into the pipe. Occasionally water lines near a tree root will be broken because the tree root grows large and bends the pipe but that would not be the case with roses. I believe you can plant the roses wherever you want without worries.

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