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Disguising Your Septic Tank

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If you are one of the over 26 million people in the U.S. who are served by a septic tank system, you know their many benefits. Septic systems are a lifesaver for those people in rural areas without access to a public sewage system. However, no matter how well they work, they are not a visual asset to your lawn. If you have a septic tank, consider some of the following ideas for disguising it. 

Septic Systems

Your septic system is comprised of the tank buried underground, the clean out plugs that protrude above ground, and the underground pipes that flow into and out of the tank. The "grey water," or waste from the septic process, is released to the drain field. Your choice of disguise must not block the pipes or rupture the tank.


Certain grass and shrub varieties can hide your septic tank from view while adding to the beauty of your landscaping efforts. Choose plants that do not have wide-spreading root systems to avoid problems with your tank. In addition to native grasses, rhododendrons, boxwood, and azaleas work well, providing beauty and camouflage for your septic system without requiring much upkeep on your part. 

Rock Gardens

Large "fake rock" covers are available for purchase to hide your septic tank's access point, but you don't need to stop there. You can create a lovely rock garden, complete with a small statue or other figures, and turn your septic tank area into a showpiece. You can quickly and inexpensively create a rock garden by choosing a variety of stones and adding a few plants to the mix. Consider adding succulents and herbs as well as some plants like bladdernut and Christmas fern that require little soil. A rock garden also gives you the freedom to experiment. You can add any number of artistic elements, like driftwood or river gravel to make your garden unique. 

Septic tanks are a necessity you cannot live without in many areas of the country, but they are not aesthetically pleasing. Instead of looking at yours as a problem, consider it a landscaping opportunity. As long as you take care to protect your tank and your drain field, you are free to create a lovely centerpiece for your backyard. You can even decorate it to reflect the holiday season if you wish. If you use your imagination, people will be looking at the beauty above ground and forgetting what is going on underneath. 

For more information on septic tanks and pumping, contact a professional like The Outhouse.