Listen, we’ll be straightforward with you in saying that propane tanks don’t necessarily make for the best focal point to your yard. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons why we provide underground propane tank installations in addition to above-ground options for all the propane tanks we handle.
Sometimes, however, underground propane tanks are simply not feasible. The issue may be cost, or complications with the nature of the property. Another reason is that many people choose to lease their propane tanks, so having them above-ground and directly accessible just makes more sense.
Whatever the reason may be, if you’re trying to figure out how a more seamless way to make your spring landscaping work with your propane tank, we have some tips to assist you in the Spring months ahead.
We understand wanting to minimize the visibility of your propane tank. You probably have much more attractive areas of your yard that you would people rather focus on.
Before we tell you about some ways to do that, we’ll tell you what NOT to do.
A fence may be more expensive upfront, but it is a permanent solution you won’t have to prune, weed, or fertilize. Vinyl fencing is low maintenance as well.
If you choose a lattice or trellis, you can train climbing plants such as climbing roses, honeysuckle, morning glories, or jasmine. You could also use the trellis or lattice to grow beans or peas.
Evergreen shrubs to plant include juniper, nandina, or holly. These plants will eventually reach six feet and shield the tank from view while providing an attractive landscape feature.
Before you start digging posts for a fence, lattice, trellis, or plants, you need to know a few things about propane safety:
Like other liquids, propane expands in heat. Its expansion is 17 times that of water. That expansion is why we fill your tank to 80% full, so the propane has room to safely expand.
Light colors reflect heat. Dark colors absorb heat. A dark-colored propane tank could cause the propane to expand to dangerous levels.
Do you have questions about propane safety, or what you can or can’t do around your propane tank? Get in touch with us and we’ll gladly help in any way we can.