If you have a green thumb and are itching to use some of the land above or near your septic system’s drain field, what do you do? Or, if the grass over your drain field has gotten a little out of control, is it going to become a problem? Answer these and more questions by reading more below.
Can you Garden on a Drain Field?
Gardening over a drain field is not recommended because the risk of harmful bacteria getting into the vegetation is too high. Even with planter boxes, anything you plan to eat is in danger.
If your gardening plan is to grow flowers, the answer may be different. Sowing decorative flowers or even scattering wildflower seeds could help your drain field by introducing mild root systems that hold the soil in place and absorb elements of wastewater as nutrients. Not only that, but a bed of flowers will send a clear message deterring vehicles from driving or parking over the drain field.
Should you Mow the Grass on a Drain Field?
A small engine lawn mower or push-powered lawn mower works great for keeping natural grass maintained over a drain field. Riding mowers should be kept from the area, or the drain field’s pipes could become damaged. Mow the grass like you would the rest of your yard. This helps by preventing erosion and cutting down wild foliage with tougher roots from growing too deep.
Artificial grass could also be used to keep the soil of your drain field from eroding. The turf will need to be pulled up when the drain field needs repairs or maintenance, but it can be replaced just as easily.
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