Grading and seeding over septic field

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by New2TheGreenIndustry, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    I've got a customer who wants to do some lite grading over the drain field and re-seed. What's your take on this and how would you go about it. I was thinking about running a Harley rake over the area and push around dirt for proper drainage. I don't think we'd disturb more that 6" of surface soil.
     
  2. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    Am I missing something? I don't understand why it would be different than grading and seeding any other lawn? Maybe leaching fields are different down there. Up here the piping is usually buried in sand then covered with loam with grass planted. A Haley rake wouldn't go deep enough to disturb anything. It might bring some sand to the surface if it's only a real thin layer of loam on top. I wouldn't worry about the sand causing the area to drain to quickly hindering good grass growth. More than likely the water from the septic will be more than enough. When I put in my irrigation at my own house I put the area of the lawn with the septic on its own zone, the area isn't run at all, and it's still gross as healthy and quicker than the rest of the lawn.
     
  3. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    Never done it and wanted to see if there's something I'm not thinking about or need to know. Weight limitations, depth requirements, etc.
     
  4. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If it was just installed I would be carful about driving over it. Weight of machine may smash the pipe. I would dig down and see how deep the pipe is first.
     
  5. Use the Harley rake and do it , no problem.
     
  6. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Posts: 844

    It's been several years since it was disturbed. The house itself is about 40 years old.
     
  7. stihljixxer

    stihljixxer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    Use a compact mini skid with Harley rake. Not worth the liability. Can't drive vehicles over them so I wouldn't risk it depending on the size of the skid loader. That's just my opinion.
     

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