septic tanks Santa in Rosa, CA

Landscaping Around The Septic Tank

There are a lot of things you can do to keep you septic tanks Santa in Rosa, CA healthy from inside your house by not flushing certain things and so on, but you also want to think about lawn care and landscaping and how that can impact the system as well. It is important to care for the lawn and landscape around the tanks in a certain way to keep the system as healthy as possible.


When you want to landscape in an area around your septic tank, consider the root structure the plants have. You are going to want plants that have shallow roots, so they don’t go too deep. Plants with aggressive roots that love water could clog or even displace pipes around the septic system. IT’s best not to plant trees or large shrubs nearby because they can damage the tanks and pipes as well.

Definitely avoid willows, maples, birches, and elms because they are the most aggressive in their root system. If you want to have a tree nearby, oaks, cherry, dogwood, and crabapple trees are less aggressive. Make sure the trees are planted at least as far away as their roots generally spread when they are fully grown, but it is best to put them even farther away to be safe. Roots can spread 2-4 times the diameter of the canopy on a tree and 1-3 times the height of a tree. Remember the drain field of your tank does best in direct sunlight so you don’t want to shade that area if you can help it.

Lawn Care

While you might be cautious about what you plant around the septic tank field, you are probably going to have grass around it and that can be beneficial. It can prevent the soil from eroding and help the draining maintain in a natural way. When you have grass, you have to cut it, right? You should put in a low-maintenance grass species that will do okay with a lot of watering. You don’t need to water that area since the drain field will function in that manner itself. Don’t fertilize that area, either, since that can get into the tank and cause issues. Watch the grass around the drain field and if it suddenly changes in one way or another, it can signal a problem in the tank.

If you need advice about landscaping you should plant around you septic tanks Santa in Rosa, CA, or how to go about caring for the lawn in that area, the professionals at American Sanitation Inc are here to help. We can also give your systems regular check-ups to ensure everything is running well for your family. Give us a call at (707) 554-8258 and we’ll answer your questions, or you can stop by and chat with us in person at 1729 Action Avenue Napa, CA 94559. We want to make sure your septic system runs smoothly so it’s not something you have to think about or deal with on a regular basis.