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Sheep grazing your sandmound
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Paula    Posted 07-16-2003 at 10:11:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You guys don't think grazing a couple or three head of
sheep or goats on your sandmound would do the
sandmound any damage do you?

Les    Posted 07-16-2003 at 14:37:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Of course it would.
What in the world is a "sand mound"?

Paula    Posted 07-17-2003 at 05:19:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sandmound is a POC (piece of crap) IMO septic
system. Its used where the ground won't percolate
properly enough for a conventional septic. So they
build the septic above ground in a mound with sand
and I think the outflow starts at the top and filters down
(like having a septic system, but not in the ground). It is
connected to a leach field like a regular septic. They're
very delicate, have a reputation of failing. I've not had
one before so I'm just going with other people's feelings
at this point. I would have been happier with a
composting toilet (clevis) and graywater catchment
system but it wouldn't be allowed (even though its
environmentally friendlier than the sandmound).

screaminghollow    Posted 07-17-2003 at 08:46:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Paula, some of the sand mounds being put in around here are on the sides of hills. When graded properly, the look more like a terrace than the usual ugly Mt Sewages found in many rural developments. Just a thought in case your's isn't constructed yet.

screaminghollow    Posted 07-16-2003 at 11:09:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
sand mounds come in all shapes and sizes, be particularly careful if it is to ave steep slopes. Our township, here in York county has an ordinance for the pitch of earthen banks, yards and other slopes. I don't recall offhand what it is but it is something like a 3 inch per foot thing. Sheep shouldn't do much to damage that kind of slope. Assuming you get a good turf started on it to begin with, grown in top soil, not sand, you should be fine. Remember that the quick starting rye grass doesn't spread, orchard grass will. but the grass should have several months to establish a root system or the critters will be pulling it out roots and all.

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