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septic drain fieldAre you thinking about planting on your septic drain field? Well, that’s a good idea because many species can actually assist it in working at maximum efficiency by continually removing organics and water found in the soil that encompasses the field. Also, a lush bed of grass and/or plants will help prevent the entire structure from eroding away.

There are many solutions and options to beautify a drain field, most of which will hardly put a dent in your budget! When designing a septic drain field landscape, look to add shallow-rooted shrubs and plants. Some herbaceous species have minimal root depth, and in order to flourish, they only need a moderate supply of water.

Most drain fields have perforated piping that runs anywhere from 6” – 46” below the surface. Thick, heavy roots from the inappropriate type of flora can degrade or greatly inhibit the system’s performance. To be absolutely sure you’re planting the right things, ask an expert what will work best in your situation. Also do a little research of your own.

Regarding shrubs, the same rule applies – stick to species that have very shallow root systems. If your landscape design includes heavy shrubs or trees near the septic drain field, be sure they are planted outside the perimeter.

At Southern Water and Soil, we have more than 30 years’ combined experience in designing, engineering, installation, permitting and maintenance of septic systems. We provide the Tampa area with wastewater and septic services, and the whole of Florida with septic engineering services.