Meadow on top of Septic Drain Field

Asked October 10, 2019, 5:20 PM EDT

Looking for guidance in converting the grass lawn above our septic drain field into a meadow. It is less that 1/8 pf an acre and has hardwood trees on two sides. My concern is to not impact the underground pipes and to encourage growth besides lawn.

Talbot County Maryland

1 Response

Happily, you have many options other than grass/turf.
Take a look at this page from our website about lawn alternatives:
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawn-alternatives

Meadows, native warm season grasses, flowers and perennials are all appropriate for planting over a septic field. You may want to do a slow conversion of an area at a time if you are working by yourself.

It's technical, but this is chock full of good info:
https://efotg.sc.egov.usda.gov/references/public/MW/MD_Cons_Planting_Guide_11_22_16_Draft_2-sided-pr...
Ernst Seed out of PA has seed mixes for what you are considering.


Christine