What can I plant on my septic field?

Trees for Energy Conservation April 27, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

Turfgrasses and native grasses are good options for planting over septic fields. You may also consider non-woody perennial plants. Trees and shrubs should not be planted on the septic field and should be placed far enough from the septic field so that expanding roots will not interrupt the field.


Trees that will be small at maturity should be placed at least 25 feet from the septic field, while trees that will mature to be very large should be planted at least 50 feet from the septic field.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.