If you have a septic tank, you know that there are some issues about landscaping around it. For example, you can't put a driveway on the tank or the leach field. However, there are some things that you can do to landscape around your septic tank and leach field.
Reasons to Landscape
There are several reasons that you should landscape around your septic tank and field. One is that having everything covered by some kind of plant will help avoid the loss of soil through erosion. Another is that plants can help to filter and purify water that can get into the septic tank's drain field. However, do not plant anything edible over the drain field. Even if the water has been cleaned and filtered, it still needs time to finish the process. Planting some kind of plant over it won't hurt though.
It is not a good idea to plant trees near your septic tank or leach field. That's because the roots can be somewhat destructive in their search for nutrients. A tree with an aggressive root system can get into the septic tank, or damage pipes around it. Those roots can become aggressive because there are good nutrients in the soil in and around septic tanks.
Shrubs can be a good option for your leach field. If you are going to plant a shrub, make sure that they don't tend to have roots that spread too much. Keep in mind that the soil will have extra nutrients and that can cause the roots to seek out more. Ask a gardener or landscaper if they can suggest some shrubbery that would work well for your area.
Ground cover is always a good choice. Grass can be ground cover, but if you don't want to mow the grass over your septic tank or leach field, there are plenty of other options. For example, there are low growing sages and thymes that you can plant. They spread out well, and they don't need to be mowed. They will also smell good when you walk on them. Another option is to use perennial wildflowers. You can just grab seeds and toss them out over the area. That way they look like they just grew up that way.
You don't have to avoid any kind of landscaping over your septic tank and field. There are options open to you. For more information, contact a business such as Schlegelmilch Plumbing & Well Drilling.