Placing a bird bath in front of the well pipe helps conceal it.

Ideas to Hide a Water Well Pipe

by Shala Munroe

Houses that use or once used wells often have pipes that extend above the ground. These don't have to remain eyesores forever. Hide the pipe so it appears part of your overall landscaping, helping the area around the pipe blend in with the rest of your yard.

1. Plants

Using tall, bushy plants around the water well pipe allows you to hide the pipe without having to remove it. Plants, such as day lilies (Hemerocallis spp.), which grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 10, depending on the variety, or shrubs, such as boxwoods (Buxus spp.) which grow in USDA zones 6 through 8, work well to hide the pipe. Instead of only planting around the immediate area of the pipe, create an island bed in your yard. Clearing a larger area, such as a 10-foot circle, allows you to plant taller plants or shrubs around the pipe, then use the rest of the space for shorter, seasonal flowers, such as pansies (Viola spp.), which grow in USDA zones 3 through 9, depending on the variety.

2. Covering It

Large, exposed pipes don't have to ruin the look of your yard. Covering them allows you to reinvent an area of your yard while hiding the ugly pipe. Hollow yard ornaments, such as rocks, boulders and statues slide over the pipe and hide it from all angles. Measure the height and width of the pipe carefully to ensure the hollow piece is large enough to slide over it without touching the pipe.

3. Concealing It

When the pipe is over to the side of your yard, you typically see it from one main angle. Concealing it from the main viewing side allows you to hide it while adding something attractive. A fountain, statue or birdbath in front of the pipe helps conceal it from view, and you can combine the feature with plants around the side to cover it better.

4. Considerations

When hiding a water well pipe, write down or record where it is. You'll need to know this if you have to do any digging or if when you sell your house. New owners will need to know where the well pipe is, especially if it's still being used. You might draw a map of your yard and mark the location, for example. Plan an easy way to access the pipe as well, such as an open space between shrubs in the rear of the pipe or making sure a hollow rock isn't too heavy for one person to lift if maintenance is required. Also, be careful digging near the pipe, which could compromise your water source or create a mess.

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