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4 Strategies for a Sewer-safe Landscaping

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A well-landscaped ground and garden are not only judged by how well-organized and beautiful it is. Another thing to consider when landscaping your homes is the reduction of hassles and nuisance it would give to your fixtures. Most of us tend to opt for trees in our well-landscaped property without neither thinking nor taking into consideration the hazards it could give to our sewers that are buried below the ground. Planting large growing trees while you can opt for sewer-safe ones will endanger the life and efficiency of your sewer system. Once root intrusion has initiated, it will instantly cause troubles and headaches. It is a must to consider your system by protecting them from tree roots.
Here are some tips for a sewer-safe landscaping to help save your sewer pipes.

1. Know your sewer laterals

As a homeowner, it is important to know the paths of your sewer laterals. This is best to know where to plant and not to plant large growing trees. You wouldn’t know where to avoid planting destructive trees when you don’t know the location of your sewer lines. When you do not know their locations, engage with a service contractor to trace them for you before making any planting attempts.

2. Defend your sewer lines

Being unconscious of your sewer lateral paths would lead you to confidently plant trees on your surroundings. Creating barriers to protect your sewer lines would be better than removing trees and destroying your grounds. There are actually three root barrier categories.

● Growth Inhibitors – growth inhibitors are root barriers utilised to prevent root intrusion without causing any harm to trees. Painting cupric carbonate or applying copper sulfate near your sewer lines to keep tree roots from invading your sewer lines.

● Deflectors – these root barriers are dense and rigid plastic to situated or buried near sewer pipes to avert tree root entrance.

● Traps – these are screens made out of metal or plastic and are installed near sewer laterals to avoid further tree root growth, though this allows root tips to pass through.

3. Sewer-safe landscape plan

Do not take any landscaping attempt without planning your actions. This is to avoid costly mistakes when causing damage to sewer lines. Upon landscaping, it would be better to limit planting large growing trees, keeping them at a safe distance from your sewer lines or opting for trees or bushes that are safe to your sewers.

● Limit trees – you can plant trees in your yards especially when they give merits to your home’s pleasant appearance but always limit them. Planting too many trees will endanger your sewer lateral.

● Keep a safe distance – when planting trees and bushes, keep them at a safe distance so that their roots wouldn’t reach your lines. It would be best to create barriers too for assurance and security.

● Opt for sewer-safe species – do not plant large growing trees near sewer lines when you can opt for species that poses lesser threat and destruction. These are the shrubs and trees whose roots do not spread too much thus, lessens the possibility of reaching your lines. Example for sewer-safe trees and shrubs are gingko, crab-apples, winter king hawthorn, flowering dogwood, Japanese maple and Amur maple.

4. Generate an exemplary planting condition

Plan the distance and species well. Even the least and slowest growing species should be at least 10 feet away from your sewer laterals. Large growing trees with widespread roots would tend to go anywhere to acquire significant nutrients, so they should be situated at least 20 feet away from laterals.