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Tips For Landscaping Your New Septic System's Mound Area

by Dawn Henry

If you just had a home custom built and it has a mound-style septic system, then it is important that you understand how to properly landscape the mounded area. Since some plants and trees will cause catastrophic damage to your septic system in just a few year's time, it is vital that you plant the area with only septic-safe vegetation. For this reason, here are some tips for landscaping your new home's septic system mound:

Tip: Wear Disposable Gloves when Working with Your Septic System

Since human and household waste water contain dangerous bacteria that can escape into the soil of your septic system's mound, you must always wear gloves when working on or near the septic system. Rather than using leather gardening gloves, you should wear disposable latex gloves that you can throw away when you are finished working. This will prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.

Tip: Ensure the Soil Depth on Top of the Mound Is Optimal

Before you plant anything on top of your septic system's mound, the soil depth must be checked. Make sure that the soil is the correct depth and matches the required depth given to you by your plumbing contractor when the system was installed. If the soil is not at least a foot deep, then you will need to add soil before planting. 

Tip: Plant Only Septic-Safe Grasses and Ground-Covering Plants on the Mound

Since the dirt on top of your septic system's mound is fairly shallow, it is vital that you do not plant any plants on it that will send roots down into the septic system's tank or pipes. While grasses are ideal for septic mound planting, it isn't a good idea to plant grasses that you will need to regularly mow. Instead, stick to drought-tolerant ornamental grasses or ground covers that will grow without much maintenance and don't require more than an occasional watering.

Tip: Never Plant Hedges, Bushes, or Trees on or Near the Septic System's Mound

Finally, you absolutely cannot ever plant any type of bushes, hedges, or trees anywhere near your septic system or its mound structure. The reason for this is that woody plants and trees send out strong roots that can travel very far underground in search of water sources. As their roots infiltrate the pipes and tank of your new home's septic system, they will cause extensive damage that will require expensive repairs. 

Contact a company like Mathena Septic Tank Service to learn more.