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  • Water softener and tree roots

    I was told that if a person has a water softener you have less trouble with tree roots because of the salt brine water that goes down the waste. Can anyone elaborate on this? We have had one for 20 years or so and have lived here for 45 years and as of yet have been lucky to never had problems. I have some lilacs that we planted about 15 years ago close to where are pipe runs ( it is about 8' to 9' deep ) -I am wondering if these should come out or how deep their roots run.
    Thanks from Northwest Nebraska

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    Re: Water softener and tree roots

    most trees dont prefer salt, few have protections against it. mangrove trees are the first that come to my mind that do like and prefer salty areas. lilac roots dont go down 9 feet and if they do, they arent big. i've always had shallow roots, no more than 2 feet down, for lilacs.
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    ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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      Re: Water softener and tree roots

      Probably doesn't matter much roots usually get in from the top and when the line is open & running the salt water will run right under the roots.

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