Planting Over a Septic Tank - Knowledgebase Question

Cary, IL
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Question by JOHNR34
January 17, 1998
I would like to build a flower and shrub bed over a
septic tank. The tank is only 2 in below the ground and
generates heat that kills the grass.

Answer from NGA
January 17, 1998
Since the septic tank is generating heat, you might be able to use the area for plants that might otherwise be too tender to grow in your area. The microclimate directly above the tank could be used for drought-tolerant, heat loving perennials and groundcovers like sage, heather, lavender, and thyme. I'd steer away from large shrubs with invasive root systems, and stick with plants that are well-behaved, to avoid future problems with your septic system.

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