Tips for Landscaping Over Your Septic Drain Field

Whether you have just installed a new septic drain field on your property or bought a property with an existing one, it can be challenging to know what to do with the space and soil above the system. All kinds of problems can arise in your septic tank if you don’t treat this space well, so making sure you have a plan is crucial. Read on to discover some helpful tips for landscaping over septic drain fields—how to avoid damage and harness the benefits of your drain field for a greener, healthier landscape.


Why Landscape Over a Septic Drain Field

There are several reasons why a homeowner may wish to landscape over their septic tank drain field. One is that covering certain types of plants can help the system work more effectively by absorbing excess moisture, which would place less strain on the system. Some plant root systems can also help prevent soil erosion from heavy rainfall that could harm the septic tank’s functionality.


You will likely want to landscape over your drain field for aesthetic reasons. An existing septic drain field may be in a sunny or prominent spot on your property that you want to look nice. Plants can make the area look lush and inviting and hide away the functionality of the space.


So, how should you go about landscaping your septic drain field?


Avoid Any Heavy Loads

Before, during, and after any landscaping efforts, avoid moving heavy loads over your septic drain field or septic tank. This includes cars, diggers, tractors, or heavy materials. Even people, children, pets, or lawnmowers, should spend limited time on top of the field. Excess weight can significantly strain the system’s workings and even lead to an expensive pipe rupture.


Steer Clear of Harmful Substances

Like standard home plumbing, avoid pouring any oil or harsh chemical onto your drain field. These substances can leak into the groundwater, contaminate the soil and its ability to absorb water, and kill off beneficial plant life that may be helping the field function. Ideally, the only liquid going through the soil should be rainwater.


Create a Beneficial Planting Plan

As mentioned previously, plants play an essential role in enhancing your drain field’s functionality and aesthetic value. However, you cannot plant just any plant and think it will work. Shallow-rooted and herbaceous plants are the most suitable over drain fields, especially native fauna, because they are better suited to the amount of rainfall in your local area.


You want to avoid any plant with aggressive and long, woody roots, as these can grow into your pipes over time and disrupt the function of the field. Trees are usually off-limits; instead, consider an open meadow style aesthetic with open space and pollinator plants for increased biodiversity.


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