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Sometimes the outdoor sections of septic systems can leave ugly, bare earth areas or unsightly mounds or plumbing fixtures sticking out of the ground. Homeowners may be tempted to cover these areas with trees and vegetation. New Jersey’s Classic Septic Inspections offers some information on landscaping your septic system.

Generally, the best cover for the outdoor area of a septic system is just a layer of regular grass. This will help protect from erosion and is minimally invasive to your septic system. When planting, don’t till the soil. It could be disruptive to the septic system. Also avoid using any plant types that have to be dug up. Again, this can negatively impact your septic system.

Homeowners should avoid using fertilizers or chemicals and shouldn’t provide irrigation for the area above a septic system. These things can interfere with your system. It’s best to use plants or shrubbery that can withstand dry periods. Shallow root shrubs and simple grasses are the safest bet for use in septic system landscaping.

Trees are generally not recommended for the immediate surrounding area of your septic system. They should be planted at least 20 feet from a septic mound, and kept away from your drain field and drainline, as the roots can damage your system.

Water seeking trees should especially be avoided, as they increase the likelihood of rooting issues. Included amongst these trees are species of maples, poplars, elms, willows, and sweetgums.

For homeowners sold on trees, small and slower growing species are the best types to use around the septic system. All trees used over the septic system should be removed before they get too large, usually about 8-10 years after planting. This is the best way to avoid septic problems caused by trees.

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If you need advice on landscaping the terrain around your septic system, it’s best to call a NJ septic inspection company like Classic Septic Inspection. They can provide a NJ septic inspection, and offer you advice about the layout and types of plants to use that is specific to your yard and system. The information will help you avoid septic problems resulting from plants down the line.

If you suspect problems with your septic system or would like to insure it is working properly, schedule a NJ septic inspection with Classic Septic Inspections. Classic Septic does not do septic system repairs. We are strictly an inspection company.

What that means for you is that you get an honest evaluation of your septic system. We have nothing to gain if your system needs repair or maintenance. We simply inspect your system to help keep your home environment healthy and free of septic hazards.

For more information on septic inspections in NJ, call our team at 973-900-1330.