Preventing Septic System Disasters In The Garden: 3 Tips For Planting Over Drain Fields

Many types of drain fields can be planted over, and it may be something that you want to do to make an unsightly area of your yard more attractive. Depending on what you plant over your drain field, it can also lead to problems with roots and overgrown plants damaging your system and causing a mess in your garden. If you want to avoid these septic system disasters in your yard, here are some tips to help you when planting over a drain field:

1. Avoid Trees And Deep Roots And Consider Root Barriers

Trees are the worst plants to have near your septic system. They have extensive root systems that can get into lines and deep into the drain system, where they form balls and cause damage. Do not plant trees anywhere near your tank or the drain field. In addition, you may want to consider installing a root barrier for any trees that are adjacent to the system, especially trees like oaks, which have a broad root system that can easily reach out and tap into your septic drain field to get nutrients.

2. Using Grasses And Reeds To Help With Natural Filtration

Grasses are a good choice for plants over a septic drain field, and some can even help with the filtration of waste affluent. If you want your septic system to blend in with your lawn, you may want to choose low-profile grasses that are commonly planted in lawns, like Bermuda or winter wheat. There are also native grasses that can be good like broom grass and others that thrive with a lot of moisture. The native grasses can give you the added benefit of better filtration of waste and help improve the performance of your septic system.

3. Choose Shrubs And Plants With Shallow Roots For A Decorative Design 

You may want also want to consider a more decorative design for the septic drain field that resembles a flowerbed or just another part of your landscaping. Plants like shrubs and hardy wildflowers can be good for this. There are also colorful grasses that can be a good solution to create a border around the septic drain field and separate it from other areas of your garden. Do not use temperamental plants around the drain field like roses or orchids, which can easily fall victim to waste and may not last.

These are some tips that will help you when planting over a septic system drain field. If you need help with planning your septic system and the plants to go with it, contact a septic service to get advice on what can be done to prevent some of the common problems that plants cause with drain fields.

For septic tank maintenance, contact a company such as Schlegelmilch Plumbing & Well Drilling.