Landscaping Around Your Septic System

As homeowners ourselves, we understand that you want your landscaping to be incredible and beautiful and all the things, but as septic contractors and service technicians, we warn you to pause for a moment and think, if your home is serviced by a septic system. 

Today, we want to discuss a few things with you about the landscaping you choose to do around your septic system. When I say system, I am referring to both the septic tank and the disposal field, also referred to as your leach bed, trenches, chamber field, drainfield or seepage pit. Regardless of the design, you will want to keep a few things in mind when planning your landscape design for your yard.

Septic System Diagram

Pre-planning and having the right landscaping on and around the septic tank and disposal field will help eliminate costly labor charges to expose the tank lids every single time you have to pump the tank. (Which should be done every 2-3 years, depending on usage of the system). We always suggest installing risers on the tank prior to landscaping which makes access super simple and won’t disturb your beautiful design.

However, if you choose not to put risers on the tank lids, we want to make sure you know what to do with your landscaping around the septic system and what not to do for landscaping around the septic system.

Landscaping Do's & Don'ts
Around A Septic System


  • Plant grass or keep existing native rock
  • Direct all surface drainage away from the septic system
  • Install risers on your tank to prevent landscaping disturbances and easy tank access.
  • Make sure you know where both your tank and disposal field are located before any landscaping begins.


  • Plant a vegetable garden on or near the system.
  • Run sprinkler lines over your septic tank if your tank lids are buried.
  • Driver or park cars, trucks, or equipment in or around your septic tank or disposal field, including the sewer lines.
  • Plant trees or shrubs around the septic tank or drainfield. Roots will travel great distances in the desert and invade your system.

Not Sure Where Your System Is?

If you are unclear where your septic system is located, give Priority Pumping a call! We can easily access County records, if they exist for your home, and send you a detailed map from the installation process – for FREE! If the records don’t exist, we do offer septic system locating services where we locate and map the entire system for you so you know the red zone for pavers, concrete, out-buildings, sidewalks, pools, etc!

Landscaping around your septic system
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Tanya Wilson

Tanya Wilson is the owner and CEO of Priority Pumping. She loves the wastewater industry and all of the opportunities for consumer education.

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