Disguise Your Septic Tank Cover: 3 Ideas

Septic tanks are a basic need for rural homes to function properly. Yet just thinking of the septic system is unpleasant for most people. Most septic systems run for many years without maintenance but when a problem does occur it is critical that you can find the septic tank cover quickly. Here are three disguises for your septic tank cover that will help you remember where it is.

Old Tire

Choose a tire larger than the tank lid. Cover the hole on one side with scrap plywood or sheet metal. Then drill holes in the tire and add rope handles. Set the tire over the lid, fill with soil and plant flowers.

Wood Tray Rock Garden

Assemble a wood tray, large enough to cover your tank lid plus some, using scrap plywood and two by fours. Drill holes in the two by fours and add rope handles. Set the tray over the tank cover and create a rock garden in and around the tray blending it into the landscape.


Place a sculpture, wishing well, dog house or bird fountain over the tank cover. A good disguise will blend in with the landscape, remove easily, and help you locate the septic tank cover in an emergency.