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Can you plant fruit trees in your septic leach field?
Our septic system leached into the ground a little before I bought this house. In the area where my well is we planted grapes, a tree and a bush (I don’t know what it is.) Well, my system is leaking right now. Can I plant fruit trees in the leach field or must I have a leach field on top of my house?
I don't know about 'must'... I don't know if the city will let you or not, but here are the few things I've gathered over the years...
1. You can NOT put anything in the yard with septic that is more than 30 feet from the house's front or back yard lines. This is so the leach fields have access to 'runoff', the extra stuff you might 'put down' in the ground could clog the drainfield. Even if it's the city's job to take care of it, they could still block the drainfield if it's not doing it's job properly.
2. The city can and will remove the leachfield when they have to. They won't remove a fruit tree. This also means that you're stuck with the leachfield... So unless you want to live out in the country, and the city has no problem removing the leachfield and replacing it with a park... You better hope the tree is 'ok' and you have no health concerns about it.
3. You must use a drainfield and a properly sized leachfield.
My guess is you have a good chance of being able to grow a fruit tree.
I do NOT like being the one to make the call (they'll kill it), but I do know the city has a set plan to keep everything clean and safe.
If I'm not wrong they have trees planted in the neighborhood to attract birds. So that would mean they have to keep the trees trimmed so they won't harm the fruit and seed.
Good luck, and keep us posted on the tree's progress.
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So a drainfield was installed after a big rain event to catch all the water from the house's front or back yard lines. This is so the leach fields have access to 'runoff', the extra stuff you might 'put down' in the ground could clog the drainfield. Even if it's the city's job to take care of it, they could still block the drainfield if it's not doing it's job properly.
That's a pretty good guess, because I had assumed that to be what happened. That makes sense. The drainfield doesn't clog, because it's only for leach field drainage and it doesn't really have to handle much of a volume.
A city official will come by later, probably in June or July. I should be able to say more then.
We are getting a new fence installed. I will try to update this when it's done.
Also I was told in the past few weeks that one of the neighbors had a huge oak tree which was very large and quite heavy. It looked like the weight of it caused the front to sag. The tree was probably 100 years old, at least it felt like that. There was a huge limb falling off the trunk, but no way for it to fall onto our side of the property. It just split off. This was right in the time frame that the tree was supposed to get a haircut. We didn't even notice it.
We're also getting our driveway paved. We'll have a new street name sign and driveway entrance. The concrete driveway will extend to the back of the property and also to the new fence. Hopefully it won't be long until we get some grass back under it. I'm excited about that.
I've got more pictures. We've been in negotiations with our city for quite a while about this. I don't have any dates yet, but it should be a good few weeks.
So I posted up a little article about my property and what's happening on it.
Also I thought I'd do a comparison of cost for my current property and the prices that it would cost to purchase a similar property that had similar problems. So you'll see in a few days when I have the dates, that I will have posted up a pretty decent breakdown of cost vs. what I can afford.
That's a pretty good guess, because I had assumed that to be what happened. That makes sense. The drainfield doesn't clog, because it's only for leach field drainage and it doesn't really have to go through concrete and the ground doesn't freeze. It's almost the perfect drainfield.
Actually there is one problem. It does clog and it does freeze. This has been a huge issue for us. For instance, it would be a lot easier if it didn't freeze during the winter. The drains from the pipes fill up and have a bunch of water in them and freeze so much that they get clogged and it causes a big blockage.
The other problem is the whole drain field is concrete. The problem is the concrete will crack and break. It happens a lot. So we have concrete cracking and breaking under the drainfield and in the concrete driveway. It's a big problem. And then you've got all the weeds that get into it and clog it up. We've been battling weeds on and off for years.
Also the city just said that there's too much of a risk of the drainfield breaking and causing damage to a neighbor's home or to an automobile. So they don't want any more of it and they have told us that we can't put up any more.
So I've been looking at alternatives for a lot of time. And finally found one that I am very, very interested in.
I've had to take out a loan for it. And I haven't been able to do it until this week. That means it was a bit of a struggle. But that's a huge help in keeping the interest rates low.
But I've done some research on this and I think it's a great solution.
The solution is going to be about $7,000 more than what we spent so far on the drains. But it's a big step in the right direction.And we can now stop spending money on drains and concrete and we can get a drainfield.
So if you're wondering if this is really the solution for us, the answer is yes.