Landscaping Over a Septic Drain Field Part III: Handy Tips

Welcome to part III of this series on landscaping over your septic drain field. In this final installment, we will cover practical, handy tips that will keep you safe and save you the hassle of an overflowing leach field.

Are You Wearing Gloves?

While wearing gloves is always recommended when gardening, it is an especially necessary practice when handling soil directly over a septic leach field. Basically, you should wear gloves for the very same reason that you shouldn’t plant a vegetable garden! While the water treatment aspect of the leach field is environmentally beneficial, the contaminants leaching from the septic drainage system into the soil can be dangerous to humans.

Did You Turn Off the Sprinkler System?

Running the sprinkler system over the top of a septic leach field can be quite problematic. The soil is being “watered” from below. Additional irrigation efforts can result in excess water build-up. Puddles forming throughout your landscaping work isn’t a happy sight. As a general rule, keep your sprinkler system at least 10 feet away from all components of your septic system.

Do You Need a Trench?

While this sounds like a strange question, uncontrolled rainfall runoff can pose significant issues for a septic leach field. Your neatly landscaped drain field could become a contaminated quagmire overnight. The typical solution to this issue is to build a shallow trench uphill from your leach field to ensure that the extra water is diverted away from your septic drainage system.

For more tips on landscaping over a septic leach field, view part I and part II of this series!