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Native flowers for Door County, Wisconsin
September 02, 2009
We recently were required to put in a new septic system on our vacation property in Door County, WI. This left us with a clearing on our wooded lot where the septic field is now located. The installer...
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Will a 10-ft. yaupon damage my septic lines in Texas Hill Country?
July 18, 2009
A 10 foot yaupon is growing in my Texas hill country septic field. The field pipe is 5 feet below the surface. Should I be concerned about the roots invading the pipes? What would be the best way to r...
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Length of root systems for wildflowers over septic system
March 29, 2009
Mr. Smarty Pants: I want to know the length of root systems for native Kansas wildflowers that will be planted on a Wisconsin mound septic system, which is a special septic system partially above grou...
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Texas mountain laurel roots and septic systems
February 12, 2009
I want to plant a Texas Mountain Laurel tree in our RV Resort. The park must approve new plantings, and they are concerned about any root system that might endanger their septic systems or pipes. They...
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Grass for septic drainfield in Georgetown TX
February 10, 2009
We recently had a new septic drainfield installed. It is raised approximately 2-3 ft above ground level. I would like to plant it with a native grass/grasses that would attract wildlife yet still be a...
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Native plants for septic system in Massachusetts
February 04, 2009
What native plants can grow on a septic mound safely for the septic system?
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Plants that will not clog lateral lines with roots
January 25, 2009
We recently had to replace the lateral lines for our septic tank because wisteria roots had clogged the drainpipes. The machinery tore up our front and side yard,and we are trying to get them back int...
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Plants for septic fields in Austin
November 10, 2008
We are building a house in Austin and the site requires a septic system. I need advice on how to landscape with native plants over the septic fields. The side yard and the front yard will contain the ...
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Native plants for septic field
April 10, 2008
We have a new Septic tank and field and I want to plant native seeds on the field instead of grass. Are there particular packages of seed that I can purchase or what else would you recommend?
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Bouteloua dactyloides to cover septic field in Texas
June 25, 2007
I need plants that can be seeded or plugged to cover a septic field at a new home on Lake Travis. What about turffalo? Other suggestions?
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