How close can trees or shrubbery be to my septic tank?
Further is better.
Trees love septage.
They will grow through very small openings to reach this liquid.
Septage is like crack cocaine for a tree.
Overtime a tree's roots add on cell layers in the process of growing longer
and larger in diameter.
The slow addition of cell layers will crack concrete and even stone.
Eventually, if your tank is too close to a tree, the tree will find it and break
How close is exactly too close?
I would start with at least ten feet beyond the tree's (or shrub's) drip line.
And to be safe, further is better.
In other words, draw a line straight down to the ground from the nearest
tree's leaf. That point on the ground should be
at least ten feet from your
You should also do the same thing for your drainfield. Keep any
trees or shrubbery at least ten feet from the outer
edge of your
drainfield--that is, thirteen feet from the exact
center from any part of your
of your drainfield lines.
Charlotte & The Foothills
and the Inner & Outer Banks