Here Is A Clever Way To Hide That Unsightly Septic Tank In Your Yard

When deciding what to grow near your septic tank, you need to make sure the plant does not have an invasive root system that can wrap around and damage the septic tank and pipes. In general, you should avoid trees and shrubs that are prolific – meaning their roots also grow quickly – and hungry for water. Weeping willows and river birches, for example, are notorious for their thirsty root systems that seek out water sources in the ground and grow quickly to them – which can wreak havoc on your drainage system.

Instead, look for plants with shallow roots, such as ornamental grasses. Not only will your drainage system remain protected from the roots, but their foamy leaves can also provide high and wide coverage. Tall grasses like Calamagrostis can grow up to 6 feet tall, although they have shallow roots and easily hide mounds of soil or raised canopy covers. However, if you don’t want to take your landscaping to heights, you can instead choose an ornamental grass like Japanese forest grass, which grows in large, bushy mounds thanks to its 10-inch-long leaves and will easily cover your septic tank access point.

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