Landscaping around or near a septic system is a concern for many homeowners, but it can easily go overlooked. That’s because it’s common to think that after a septic system is installed, you won’t run into to any problems.

However, it’s vital that the tank is properly placed in an easily accessible spot for regular pumping services. As well as far enough away from any trees, gardens, or shrubs that could interfere with the tank or leach field. Often times, homeowners find it difficult to build patios, decks, or gardens near the system without running into issues.

Many households in Northern Colorado use septic systems as a reliable source to properly dispose of their wastewater. So it’s essential that they know how to properly landscape their yard as to not interfere with the tank or leach field.

In this blog, we will discuss the top tips to landscaping around your septic system. This will ensure you don’t run into any issues down the road, and when it’s time for a maintenance, your technicians will be in and out quickly and efficiently.

Tips to Landscaping Around Your Septic System

Tip #1

Be conscious of the trees and shrubs planted near the septic system and plan accordingly for any future vegetation that you will be planting. Tree and shrub roots can be attracted to the water in a septic tank and leach field. They can enter the tank through the drain pipes and via lids or pipe ports. The roots can then create blockages or draining issues in the leach field. It is recommended to plant trees or shrubs at least 50 feet away from the tank and leach field. 

Be advised that when you initially plant trees and shrubs, they are small. However, in 20 years, they can grow significantly and cause problems if not planted far enough away from your system.

Tip #2

When planning where your septic system is located, be sure to keep accessibility in mind. Ideally, septic trucks should stay on hard pack driveways or roads due to the weight of the truck.

You’ll also want to make sure there’s enough room for the septic truck to easily get onto your lot and as close as possible to the system. Long distances from the tank creates the need for additional hoses because some companies may charge additional fees due to distance. Plus it may take longer to service the tank and some companies may charge for time on site.

Septic trucks are very large and heavy and do require a large turning radius. A cement truck would be a good comparison of size to a septic truck. In addition, the trucks are very tall and will need clearance from any low hanging power lines or tree branches.

Tip #3

Make sure the tank is accessible from your property. We have had to get permission from neighbors to use their property in order to reach a client’s tank due to landscaping or fence issues. Due to the weight of hoses, we cannot service a tank over a fence. The hoses need to stay on the ground to avoid property damage. The driver also needs to be able to quickly and easily access the truck without walking around a fence.

Tip #4

Sprinkler systems can cause issues if they’re installed on top of the tank or leach field. All water lines should be at least 10 feet away from the entire septic system. You will also want to make sure that all sprinkler lines are properly fitted with backflow prevention devices to ensure your water is safe. It is advised not to irrigate where your leach field is located to prevent ground saturation. You can avoid future problems with your leach field if you plant your lawn away from your system.

Tip #5

You should also know where your septic tank and leach field are located prior to building any structures such as decks, patios, fences, horse barns, garages, etc. Do not build anything over the top of your septic tank or leach field. Many times, homeowners forget they have a septic system and they begin building patios, decks and fences in their backyard yard without thinking of where their system is located. Both your tank and leach field should remain accessible so they can be easily serviced at all times.

Tip #6

Speak with a septic system professional before making any major changes to your backyard. Front Range Septic can provide answers to all of your landscaping related inquiries. We can also help you out when it’s time to service your tank or fix any issues. We’re open 24/7, so call us anytime, even in an emergency situation.