domesticdiva
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Backyard Dilemma

I realize there are other more important issues in this world but my backyard gets me down...way down. One problem...I have zero shade. ZERO. Im begging hubby for a pergola but he's not interested. One way to fix that problem would be to plant shade trees. Heres the bigger problem....My stupid septic tank and field lines take up nearly the entire yard. From what Ive been told...you cant plant trees anywhere near the lines due to agressive roots. So what CAN I plant? Can I plant any shrubs? My yard is so bare!

domesticdiva
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Thank you! That does sound lovely however...it also sounds out of my means :( Forgot to mention that I am on a limited budget. Which is the main reason hubby hasnt built me that pergola. Im keepnig my fingers crossed for a good tax return :) I don't have a picture. We live out in the country around alot of farm land. Our lot used to be a tobacco field so there are big fields on all but one side of our house. No established trees. In the summer there are tall stalks of corn but its flat and boring all other times. Ive landscaped along the house and patio and it looks acceptable. But I'd like something to look out at while I sip lemonade on that patio I begged for. Its a pretty big yard...to me. The border that defines our yard from the field needs something! I just feel like its a giant canvas waiting to be painted.

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You can get a good sized umbrella for not a lot of money, just get a base to hold it. You can use a short section of black plastic pipe stuck in the ground, I do this when I go to the beach.

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I've never had a septic system, but here's some articles on landscaping septic system with suggested plants, etc:

https://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/dg6986.html


https://mistkits.com/Blog/2009/safe-plants-for-septic-systems/

https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-617/426-617.html
Twitter account I manage for local Sierra Club: https://twitter.com/CherokeeGroupSC Facebook page I manage for them: https://www.facebook.com/groups/65310596576/ Come and find me and lots of great information, inspiration

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MARLINGARDER PICTURES!!! It sounds pretty.
Someone on a gardening show I was watching the other day took an old metal corn crib a neighboring farmer wanted to get rid of (they no longer use them), cut it so it was only about 6 or 7 feet high, then plant climbing vines and flowers lake morning glories around it. Inside she had a small table to sit in the shade it provided and it was decorated with old farm equipment like spades, etc. She even hung corn planters and used them to hold flowers.
It was amazing and completely made out of things that would have been thrown out.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
-Gandhi

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tomf
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Septic systems run about 3 feet down. You could do trellises with climbing plants.

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thank ya'll for all the ideas! I think Im gonna look around for some items around the farm that I can "borrow" :) Im all for repurposing old items! Im currently collecting a few old wooden pallets to make a screen to cover my AC unit! YAY!



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