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Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

When I purchased a home on the outskirts of town, I was pretty nervous about using a septic system. I imagined muddy, sewage-filled landscaping and toilets that wouldn't flush. However, after I did a little research, I realized that septic care is easy if you stay on top of it. The purpose of my blog is to help others to understand the intricacies of caring for their septic systems, so that you can tackle problems early. With a little attention and maintenance, your septic tank can plug along problem free for many years to come. Save this blog as a resource so that you aren't left guessing later.

Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

3 Ideas To Plant A Lush Garden Over Your Septic Drain Field

by Cathy Lewis

The septic system of your home has many components, which include a tank and the drain field. The drain field can be damaged by plants with deep roots like trees and shrubs. When you plant over your drain field, you'll want to consider plants that can thrive and even help your septic system filter waste. Here are some ideas to help you plant a lush garden over your septic drain field.

1. Plant Any Trees Away From The Drain Field And Use A Root Barrier

There are some trees that may have a shallower root system, but they should still be a safe distance from the drain field. You can use them to create a barrier and hide over growth around the drain field. If you use a green screen of trees, make sure that you add a root barrier between the trees and septic system. In addition, find out the average root diameter of trees and plant them far enough away to ensure the roots to not reach your septic system.

2. Plant An Aquatic Garden To Help With Filtration Of Affluent

Another option you may want to consider is an aquatic garden over the septic field. If you do this, you will want to use fresh water and a liner and then plant around the feature with plants. This should be shallow to minimize weight over the septic system. You can use different types of aquatic plants to plant around the system. This can also help with filtration of affluent with the plants that have roots that reach beyond the liner of the water feature.

3. Use Native Grasses And Perennials To Filter Waste And Create A Colorful Design

Native plants can also be a good option to create a natural cover for your drain field. There are many different colors and species of grasses that you can use to plant a design and give the garden a color scheme. In addition, many flowering perennials can be a great addition and give you different colors throughout the seasons. Doing this can also help to attract wildlife to your landscaping, such as birds and insects.

These are some ideas that you may want to consider to plant over your septic field. If you need help with maintenance and repairs, contact a septic pumping service like Onsite Portable Toilets & Septic and talk with them about plants that work well with septic systems.