Every day more and more
Texas home buyers and home builders are learning how to landscape around
that silver tank, making propane the hidden asset of some of the state's
most beautiful homes. Because when it comes to propane, beauty is in the
disguise of the holder.
Propane tanks are easily hidden with a variety of plantings that can complement
any landscaping scheme. Fenced or latticed tanks may be enhanced further
by planting a fast-growing ivy or a sweet-smelling honeysuckle or jasmine.
Many varieties of rose bushes as well can be trained to trail on latticework.
Shrubs are a good choice to help screen a tank from view because of their
dense foliage and low-to-ground leaves. Choosing drought-tolerant evergreens
that will grow to about 6 feet in height is recommended; many varieties
are large enough that only two or three plants will suffice to completely
hide the tank. Photinia, juniper and nandina are popular choices that can
add a touch of color to your landscape year round.
In some cases, tanks may be installed underground with only a small dome
visible above ground. This secured dome houses the valves, gauges and regulators
for the system and is used for service and refilling the tank.
The principal considerations in selecting above- or below-ground tanks are
access, safety and soil conditions. Your local propane supplier is an expert
on tank installation and can ensure that all requirements have been considered.
Other siting considerations include: leaving at least one side of any fencing
or latticework completely open around the tank or dome; placing any materials
or plants at least two feet from the tank or dome; keeping dried grass or
weeds cleared in the area; not placing any type of covering or deck over
the tank or dome; and not using solid masonry or hollow brick as fencing
or latticework (although hollow decorative tile is permitted).