My wife and I bought our first home last year. Originally when looking for a home, a large Southern Live Oak tree in the front yard was on our short list of things we really wanted in a house. However, the housing market began changing rapidly and we had to act fast. We were unable to get our tree. We plan on staying in our home for many years, so why not plant one? I've been looking at 3"-5" caliper trees and my only (major) concern is the relative location to the septic tank and drain field. I recently acquired the building plans to my home so I know exactly where these are located. Looking around the web, I've heard everything from "Go for it, just dump *insert chemical here* into your toilet..." to "DON'T DO IT!" We really want this tree, but we need help! Can we plant this tree? If not this one, perhaps another type of shade tree?