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Wildflowers for leach field in Maine
October 31, 2010
I am looking for a wildflower mix that would suitable to plant over a leach field. What plants should I look to avoid?
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Butterfly plants for area over septic system drainfield
July 22, 2010
I live in Michigan and have purchased a house with a septic system. I hate to mow grass AND to waste all that area over the drain field with mere turf. I also enjoy attracting butterflies. what are...
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Non-native smoketree for California City, CA
June 28, 2010
I was wondering if you could tell me if it would be a good or bad idea to plant a Smoke Tree (most likely European) in the vicinity of a septic tank. We are looking for something which will provide a...
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Wildflower garden for a drain field in Olivet MI
June 27, 2010
I have a large area that is currently lawn over a drain field. I would like to turn this area into a wild flower garden. Will the wild flower roots, etc. cause any concerns or damages to a drain fie...
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Should non-native invasive Wisteria be planted near well and septic system?
May 05, 2010
I was told not to plant my Wisteria vine near my septic or well because the root will get into it and cause me many problems. Is this true?
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Plants for a septic field on a steep slope in Austin
April 09, 2010
My septic field is on a fairly steep slope and is overrun with bermuda grass, native grasses, vines, thistle and other vegetation. What types of wild flower seed can I use on it that will grow on a s...
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Tree roots vs. leach field in Heber Springs AR
February 03, 2010
We need shade in front of our west facing house; however, our septic system and leach field are there also. What kind of fast growing trees can we plant that won't ruin our septic system?
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Raised beds over lateral lines in Solgohachia AR
January 02, 2010
I would like to build raised flower beds over my lateral lines. They would be planted with strawberries and perennials. Will this cause any problems with the absorption into the ground or not lettin...
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Native plants to replace St. Augustine over septic area
November 02, 2009
Hi. We're new to Orlando, FL and need some help with plants that would be suitable to grow over our septic field. It's on the west side of the house, full sun. We live in a subdivision that r...
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Plants for a septic system in Poland IN
September 22, 2009
Hi, we have a septic system under a large front yard at a newly acquired lake cottage in southern Indiana. The yard is completely unlandscaped. I'm trying to find if there are are any safe trees I ...
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