Perennials – Near A Septic System

Q: We just moved into a new home and want to do some landscaping in the back yard. Can you suggest some shallow rooted perennials that can safely be planted over our septic drain field?

A: I don’t think there would be a problem with ANY perennial plant near a septic system. Trees and some large shrubs are much more likely to be problematic. Perennials, which don’t have large root systems, are not likely to invade septic pipes.

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