Proper Landscaping for Your Septic System


The drain field, or soil absorption field, is an important part of your septic! Since tree and shubbery roots can grow into the drain lines, it is necessary to do some planning before planting something new in your backyard. Strong roots can cause the drain field to fail, and if the drain field fails, your system will fail.

Native, drought-resistant plants are great options to plant near your septic system. Grass and native vegetation are the best covers for your drain field. Avoid water-loving plants and trees.

Do not plant a vegetable garden on or near your drainfield as it is not safe to eat food crops grown in the ground around a drain field due to harmful bacteria. Also, do not put gravel or other fill over the drain field. Adding topsoil is generally fine if it is only a few inches or less.

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