After years of having an oil tank positioned in your yard, you may finally get the opportunity to eliminate it. If you have an old oil tank that you're removing, you may be thinking about what you're going to do with the spot of land where it once was. Here, you'll get a few ideas of what you can do to enhance the space where the oil tank once resided.
Was there a concrete slab under the tank?
If you have a concrete slab where the tank was located, you have to decide if you want to keep it or go through the work of removing it. If you decide to embrace the slab and create something on top of it, you have two options—create a patio or create a potted plant garden.
That slab will create a good starting point for a patio space. Chances are, it's not large enough to position an entire patio set on, but you can use that solid base for the table and use smaller paving stones to finish the area around it. Fill in the gaps between the paving stones with moss, and you will have created a perfect space to get out of the house and entertain your friends.
To create a potted plant garden, purchase a bunch of pots in various sizes. Use stones and creativity to stack and position the potted plants on the space. Add a few solar-powered lights to the garden, and you will have a day and night eye catcher.
If you have no concrete slab, your options are limitless. You can till the ground and plant a garden. That ground will likely be rich with nutrients since it hasn't had vegetation growing in it for so long. If you are planting a vegetable or fruit garden, take a sample of the soil to your local plant nursery and have it tested to ensure that the oil from the tank hasn't leaked and contaminated the soil. You won't want to eat food that has grown in contaminated soil.
Been looking for a good excuse to build a water-feature in your yard? Well, now's the time to do it. The soil should be relatively soft under the tank. Take a trip to your local home improvement store, price the pond inserts and equipment, and get an idea of what you would like to see happen in your yard.
If these ideas don't spark a bit of excitement about what can be done with that empty space that used to hold your oil tank, talk with the pros that removed the tank—they will have likely seen some things that people have done over the years and may be able to assist you. For more information, talk to companies like Red Moon Landscaping.