Septic Tanks Landscaping Tips!

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Septic Tanks Landscaping Tips!

Does your home have a raised septic tank system in the front yard? Does it take away from the esthetics of your home? If you are unsure what to do than this article may give you a few ideas or suggestions that may disguise your eyesore leaving your home with an aesthetically pleasing frontal appearance.

Many landscapers and homeowners are faced with the dilemma of dressing up their above ground septic tank and drain field or more commonly known as a “sand mound” or a “turkey mound”. The options are endless and there is a large variety of shallow rooted vegetation available to consumers. Shallow rooted vegetation will ensure the root do not grow down into the drain lines causing root clogs and damage to the drain field. Natural vegetation with shallow roots is always the preferred method.

We have listed a few shallow rooted plants below:

• Ground Ivy

• Periwinkle

• Carpet Heather

• Mosses

• Bunchberry

• Wintergreen

• Fescue grass

• Wildflowers Meadow Mixes

• Ornamental Grass

Planning ahead is the most important thing to consider when landscaping a septic tank drain field. Make sure when you are creating your designing that you take into consideration the required maintenance that must be preformed from time to time. You will need access to the system for the purpose of pumping and general inspection. Make sure you take into consideration the parts of your design may require the use of a lawn mower. Be sure to that you design around these obstacles. Consider using large rocks as a marker for the areas of such as plastic cleanout PVC pipes and septic tank lids and pump.

Avoid digging ponds near septic systems they can interfere with the drainage of the field. Keep in mind that septic tanks and drain fields should be clear of underground sprinkler systems, decks, patios, swing sets, driveways and parked vehicles.

Take the time to plan your septic tank and drain filed job. In the end it will pay off ensuring that you septic system is properly draining, safe from obstructions and the possibility damage.

By: Bradley Skierkowski