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).