If you have a water well on your property, you may be concerned about how landscaping techniques and products may affect it. Fortunately, there are ways to keep a lush landscape while maintaining water quality and well safety. Here are the four most common questions homeowners have about water quality and yard beautification.
Top Water Well & Landscaping FAQ
How visible should the water well head be?
Make sure at least 12 inches are visible above the ground, so it’s easy to locate for water system maintenance. It also helps landscaping professionals steer clear of it when they perform lawn services such as mowing and fertilizing. Keep heavy equipment away from the well head to avoid damage.
How much space should there be between the well and plants?
Keep at least four feet of space between plantings and your water well. This ensures root systems don’t compromise well casings. When deciding on landscaping near your water system, choose plants with shorter roots that cannot extend into your underground components, like hydrangeas, lilacs, or viburnums. If possible, keep trees at least 20 feet away, if not further. Their roots can wreak havoc on your well and may even leach hydration from it.
Are fertilizers bad for wells?
Fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides can contaminate your water supply, especially if they are improperly applied. Call a professional who will know how to mix, apply, and store chemicals on land with a water well. If you choose to apply your own, keep products at least 100 feet away from well heads and never spray chemicals with your hose. Clean all equipment thoroughly and store unused fertilizers and pesticides covered and off the ground. Dispose of water used to rinse tools away from your lawn so it doesn’t seep into the ground.
Are there natural products that are safer?
There are green options that are safer to use on your lawn instead of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Use organic products for keeping insects and weeds away. Neem oil solutions, for instance, are safe and may deter aphids. Make your fertilizer by composting cuttings and leaves from your own yard. Routine water well testing and the application of reverse osmosis and activated charcoal filters can also help protect you.
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