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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:56 pm    Post subject: Think I planted potentially damaging trees near septic tank Reply with quote

Could someone advise. I think I am after making a mistake. I recently planted these trees in the vicinity of a spetic tank and am worried about the effect they might have. I had no idea about septic tanks or the potential damage that can be caused. I was stupid.

    Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans’ Japanese-Cedar. (6 feet from leach field)
    Cryptomeria japonica Cristata (6 feet from leach field)
    Prunus Avium (20 feet from leach field)
    Rhus typhina Dissecta (Laciniata) (6 feet from tank)



Can someone tell me, should I remove all these? I don't really have anywhere else to plant them so it would be a shame, but I am panicking now

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Potential damage will be caused by roots getting into the pipework. Are you sure it is a septic tank and not a treatment plant?
General rule of thumb is to find out the mature height of those trees and keep away 2.5 times that height away from any structures.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tagwex wrote:
Potential damage will be caused by roots getting into the pipework. Are you sure it is a septic tank and not a treatment plant?
General rule of thumb is to find out the mature height of those trees and keep away 2.5 times that height away from any structures.


What about Cornus Controversa Variegata (Wedding Cake Tree)? Is that okay to have near to the tank?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without checking, if its a tap root then it should OK, if its a lateral root system then maybe not. How far from the tank is it?
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