septic drain field


Old 05-19-03, 06:34 AM
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The former owner of my house allowed sumac to grow over the entire drain field of my septic tank. I think I should cut them all down and keep them off. Is this correct?
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Old 05-19-03, 07:45 AM
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Any plantings over a septic drain field invite hairlike rootballs, but you can keep that problem at bay by flushing down a cup or two of copper sulphate crystals (about $7 for a 3-lb bag) about three times a year.
It keeps the roots killed out. You don't need to cut down trees or shrubbery necessarily. Your call.
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Old 05-20-03, 05:49 PM
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Roots are the the number 1 thing to worry about in the number 2 business, sorry had to say it.... I had my fields replaced a couple of years ago. My expert told me that the 50% of the fields ability to do their job was by evaporation, so keeping the shade off the top of the fields should help also.
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