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Plan and Plan Carefully

PLANTING TREES AROUND YOUR HOME can quickly improve the curb appeal of your property. In addition, mature trees can provide a lot of shade that can help keep your home

comfortable in the summer without having to use your air conditioner as much. On top of that, the tree roots help hold the soil in your yard in place, which helps prevent erosion.

With all of these benefits in mind, it makes sense to plant a few well-placed trees around your property. When planting trees, though, it’s important to keep several details in mind that will ensure a safe and effective process. To help ensure your trees survive and thrive, here are a few best practices for planting trees around your home.


PLANT CAREFULLY

Trees planted too close to a drain field are a common source of damage to septic systems. Tree roots can infiltrate your drain field and grow into the pipes, causing them to clog or split, cause foul odors and create unhealthy conditions in your yard that could require expensive repairs. You can prevent this kind of damage to your drain field with a little bit of planning and the use of proper techniques.


PLANTING SAFELY

While trees provide many benefits for your family and the environment, you want to ensure that you don’t run into any problems while you’re planting your new trees. Before putting a shovel in the ground, it’s important that you are aware of the location of underground utilities and septic tank to ensure you don’t damage these items when you dig.


PLANTING WITH YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM IN MIND

Keep in mind that growth occurs under the ground as well as above the ground. Since tree roots can wreak havoc on utilities of all types, make sure to put plenty of space between new trees and any known utilities, as well as avoiding your drain field, so that you don’t run into issues down the road.

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