Hiding a septic pump with plants - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jrtenters
August 16, 2010
I recently had a lot of septic work done and I now have a concrete slab about 3ft sq. that sticks up about 9

Answer from NGA
August 16, 2010
It's really not a good idea to change the grade and install an island, or plant much of anything in the area - the roots can be invasive and cause problems with your septic system. With that said, there are a few plants with shallow roots that you might consider growing in the area. My neighbor has spray painted his pipe green to blend into the landscape so that might be something to consider. Native plants are usually low water use and most are easy to care for once installed. North Carolina State University suggests the following native plants: butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa), heath aster (Aster ericodes), bigleaf aster (Aster macrophyllus), Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica), prairie clover (Dalea spp.), pale purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia), rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium), wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), prairie smoke (Geum triflorum), oxeye (Helianthus helianthoides), rough blazing star (Liatris aspera), wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), penstemon (Penstemon spp.), pasqueflower (Pulsatilla patens); native grasses include sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis). Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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