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Old 04-25-2003, 10:12 AM
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I was thinking of planting things in my yard and a great place to plant would be on top of my septic mound. Can I do that? It is out of the way and noone really goes on top of it. Wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions as to what if anything could be planted on there. Just an idea. I was thinking also of strawberry plants but don't know if that is ok or not? What do you think?
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Old 05-03-2003, 08:45 AM
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You can plant on top of your septic mound, but you don't want to put anything there that is going to have deep roots. Also you have to keep in mind the possibility of having to dig up the tank/field (this is not a common event). Anthing you plant there will grow well.
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Old 05-03-2003, 10:53 AM
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Ummm I don't think I'd want foodstuffs planted there, but maybe flowers, like daisies or wild flowers.......
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Old 05-03-2003, 01:21 PM
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If you have a septic tank and your talking about that mound of dirt over it>>>>I think you should think about what you plant there . If they have to dig it up to empty the tank or if you encounter a septic problem they will have to dig it up. If I were you I would just plant lawn covering there and that way if they do dig it up your flower bed is not ruined.
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Old 05-03-2003, 05:44 PM
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We have a septic tank. However, I can't even get grass to grow in the dirt above ours!
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Old 05-04-2003, 05:30 PM
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Green grass

We have the same problem. Our septic is right out our front door and we can't even get grass to grow there. I think that it gets to warm in the summer for the grass. Does anyone have ideas on what to do with this eye sore?

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Don't understand why grass cannot grow over the septic tank? Unless it is leaking sludge to ground level should have no trouble growing grass. Most of the septic tanks I have seen never had a mound on top unless they had a high water table and could not be put it deep. Some septics work for years without trouble. Plant flowers if you feel like covering it up.
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We have done that, just make sure you leave an access space in case of emergency. We planted strawberries all around and put an upside down washtub over the septic access. Then put a pot on top of that with flowers that trailed down. Around the "border" we put the redwood landscaping timbers. It looked really nice and the strawberries were great! Everybody commented on what a nice feaure it was in the yard....and nobody would even guess what we were "hiding".
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Old 05-06-2003, 09:22 AM
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planting on septic mound

Thanks for all the advice. Now I have some ideas and can get planting! I will leave access. Happy Spring to all!
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Old 05-08-2003, 12:22 AM
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I have been a landscaper for 17 years and my advice is not to plant over the septic tank or field. We have our septic tank cleaned out every three years and we understand if they are not cleaned on a regular basiis we could be loooking at a new tank down the road.

Also ensure no roots from large trees are growing nearby.

When we moved into our home and the septic tank had never been maintained, my poor hubby was out in our backyard cleaning out sewage that had spread into the septic field. What a mess!

Could you plant in a bed in front of this area and still have the beauty of having flowers there?


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