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To clear or not to clear
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Pilgrim    Posted 05-29-2003 at 19:03:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
About 7 years ago when I built my house, a section of woods was cleared to put in a leaching field. I planted grass on it but am sick of dealing with all the wild stuff that keeps wanting to grow there as this is still smack dab in the middle of the woods and stuff still wants to grow up thru the grass.

What's the conventional wisdom? Should the area be left clean on top or is it ok to let it go back to wild? Seems like more growth means more absorbtion and less problems. It's basically a large area of stones below the surface and very little piping so roots wouldn't seem to be a factor with the pipes that are there. I'd keep the trees and big stuff out but what about normal 'undergrowth' being allowed to stay?

Any comments would be appreciated.

Salmoneye    Posted 05-30-2003 at 01:25:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Conventional wisdom is to never let anything larger than grass grow on your leach field...When it comes time to redo or fix it (and it will eventually) you will be in a world of hurt if there is anything but grass there...

DeadCarp    Posted 05-29-2003 at 21:29:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
We barely get a growing season but can always use weather protection. Windbreaks (even willows) DO help for about a mile downwind so remember that when cutting trees. Also people pile straw and their lawn clippings around the tank & drainfield. Besides keeping weeds down, you get some free mulch/insulation depending on how it goes :)

Willy-N    Posted 05-29-2003 at 21:18:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would be afraid of large roots and just mow it to keep it down. Some plants can sure put out some roots. Had a small tree near a tank once and was wondering why it was growing so good. You should have seen the root ball inside the tank when I had it pumped when I sold the place! I hooked onto the tree and pulled a big mess out of the tank that found it way thru the lid into it. Mark H.

Clod    Posted 06-03-2003 at 13:42:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you mow often enough.Few things will grow besides grass.

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