I was recently asked by a client what to do with an area that has exposed septic tank lids, so I thought I would share how I helped a client solve this problem several years ago. It is important to be able to access these lids but that does not mean that you have to look at these unsightly things. Here is how we solved the problem for this client…
First we weeded and cleaned up the area.
Next we planted low-growing, spreading grasses and perennials. Afterward we top-dressed the area with a nutrient-rich composted mulch and laid an inch or so of the mulch over the lids as well.
We created a focal point by placing a new large urn right on top of one of the lids. Another option would be a bird bath, sculpture, or other piece of garden art.
This is the area after one year of growth. You can’t even see the lids!
The Japanese Forrest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) is planted in a ‘wave’ in between the lids and does a great job of hiding them with its low-growing cascading habit.
Do you have other solutions you have used to hide septic tank lids? Comments or feedback? Please feel free to leave them in the space below!