What can I plant or place over my septic system?
Plant only grasses and shallow rooted vegetation. Roots from trees and bushes can clog or damage the absorption field. Do not dig into, build over, or cover the drainfield with a hard surface such as asphalt or concrete.

Grass will remove excess moisture and will allow more oxygen into the soil and into the system. Oxygen in the soil helps reduce the growth of anaerobic (without oxygen) bacteria that create a slime growth that can plug the soil pores and lead to a failing system. For mounds and at-grade systems the Small Scale Waste Management Project has a brochure, available from this department, titled "Locating and Landscaping the Mound System of On-Site Waste Disposal" that may be of assistance.

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1. Are there any funds or grants available to help pay for replacing my failed system?
2. How do I get a sanitary permit to install a septic system for a new residence?
3. Is a septic evaluation required to sell my property?
4. Is maintenance required on my septic system?
5. What can I do to keep my septic system (mound, conventional, in-ground pressure or at-grade) working?
6. What can I plant or place over my septic system?
7. What do I need to do if I have a failing system that must be replaced?