Friday, July 31, 2009

Septic Plan

One of the challenges with our land is that the ground water is high (apparently this is true just about everywhere around here...) necessitating a very tall septic mound. The land came with a septic design that had already been done that would result in a NINE FOOT HUMP!!

Luckily for us, some of the code requirements have changed since that design was made, and we learned that we could use a newer technology system called a Presby system that will result in a less tall hump (Maybe more like seven feet). So, we asked the engineers to re-design, and here is what they are coming up with...

So that big rectangle in the center is the septic system, and the little square to the right of it is the proposed house. You can click on this image to see it larger.

Our strategy for the house to not be overwhelmed by the hump, is that we are going to raise the foundation so that the first floor is at the same level as the top of the hump, and then to build a field stone retaining wall at the edge of the mound.

I have been researching about ways to disguise the hump with landscaping , etc. You cannot plant just anything on your hump! No veggies, no trees, no "water-loving plants" that might put roots down and disrupt the system. The best thing to plant is grass.

So my plan is to plant a grass and wildflower pasture on the hump! I have always really loved wild grass fields - so I was delighted to learn this!

I am now in the process of gathering wild grass and flower seeds from the field across the street from where we are living now - the grasses are all in full fruit - and plan to plant them on the hump. Will this work? I have no idea, but I don't see why it shouldn't?

A lovely side effect of this endeavor, is that I am spending more time wandering around in the field in a very Zen state as I commune with the plants and gather their seeds. Pumpy loves it, too! I think she is rabbit hunting - a very Zen activity for a dog - but then dogs are always pretty Zen as they tend to live always in the moment...

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