While many homeowners appreciate propane as a reliable and cost-effective fuel option, we understand that sometimes the presence of a propane tank isn’t as appreciated. The truth is that propane tanks, whether above-ground or partially underground, don’t always seamlessly fit in with your yard’s aesthetic, and for many, these tanks can become outright eyesores. However, we’ve found that there are a number of ways to make propane tanks a little more appealing, ensuring homeowners continue to want to reap the many benefits of powering their homes with propane. Consider the following ways to conceal your propane tank.
- Shape up with Shrubs
One of the easiest ways to conceal an above-ground propane tank is by planting dense shrubs and bushes, like juniper and photinia bushes; these will typically grow to at least six feet and thus can effectively conceal your tank. When landscaping around your propane tank, it’s important to plant shrubs and bushes about 5 feet away from your tank to ensure they don’t crowd the tank. You’ll also need to leave an entryway for easy access to the tank when it’s time for a refill so that your landscaping doesn’t get trampled. By landscaping with thriving, colorful shrubs and bushes, you’ll not only be hiding your propane tank, but you’ll be adding an attractive element to your yard.
- Form a Fence Facade
Other homeowners opt for simple vinyl or wooden fences to obstruct the view of their above-ground propane tanks. These fences, usually crafted in a lattice style (although there are countless designs that look great), are relatively inexpensive and can be installed by homeowners themselves. As with the addition of shrubs and bushes, it’s also essential to leave enough room for a propane refill when installing a fence. Additionally, be sure to avoid constructing a complete enclosure, as this restricts the ventilation needed to disperse potentially dangerous propane fumes.
Key Tip: Before you get out the paint cans and brushes, note that propane tanks must remain in the manufacturer’s color, which is typically gray or white.
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- Rock Out with Rocks
For a more creative alternative, consider a rock cover for your propane tank. These covers are designed to look like authentic boulders and can be placed over the entirety of your above-ground propane tank, which, as you’d assume, means they’re very large. Though these rock covers can come at a steep price, they might be a good option for those interested in a year-round solution that doubles as a rain and snow cover to guard against rust and deterioration.
- Fix It Up with a Flower Bed
For homeowners with underground tanks, consider adding a flower bed around or above the propane tank, leaving the dome accessible. This is perhaps the easiest and most aesthetically-pleasing way to disguise the patch of yard near your underground propane tank. Just remember to stick with flowers and other plants with small roots (in other words, don’t plant a tree above your propane tank) and keep in mind that should service to the body of your propane tank ever be warranted, your flower bed will likely be disrupted.
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