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 meadow lawn alternatives septic drain field

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