Things to consider before planting or screening around your oil tank
You must be able to access your tank at ALL TIMES!
You should always allow space for access to the tank for heating oil deliveries and tank maintenance, over time any shrubs or plants that are too close to the tank can cause damage to pipework and restrict access for your delivery driver.
Filling and inspection of your heating oil tank should not be compromised and you should consider this carefully when creating your little bit of paradise. British standards require a clearance of 600mm between the tank and any screening so make sure as a minimum you leave the required clearance, failure to do so may mean your tank doesn’t comply with current regulations and could have consequences if a problem was to arise.
How to disguise your Domestic Heating Oil Tank - An unappealing heating oil tank sitting in the middle of your garden definitely has no curb appeal. For some customers it is a concern about how their oil tank looks in the landscape of their garden and it can ruin the overall look of the garden.
Great news! Oil tanks don’t need to be an eye sore, we have put together some ideas on how to disguise or screen your heating oil tank using panels, fencing, trellis and planting.
Planting - Plant shrubbery and flowers in ceramic or plastic pots and position them around the oil tank, you could even use willow or bamboo as screening, depending on the look you are going for. During the colder seasons flowers and plants will wither so be sure to select some hardy all year round low maintenance scrubs to take aware the bareness. .
Hedging or Topiary - This is an excellent cover and offers clean tidy lines with the added bonus of low maintenance and it can be trimmed to the ideal height and width to suit your garden and screen you heating oil tank. An evergreen hedge such as laurel or privet is ideal as it is dense but quite slow to grow although some home owners prefer something more instant.
Fencing or Trellis - Fence panels don’t need to be expensive and the job could be completed in a day. Trellis is ideal to screen your heating oil tank teamed with climbing plants this can make any garden look stunning. Star jasmine for its evergreen foliage or climbing roses for their color amongst many other climbing plants are ideal for screening in the garden. When planting climbing plants take care not to choose a vigorous plant that may overgrow and are high maintenance.
It is good practice to have your heating oil tank checked annually by an OFTEC trained engineer, although there is a cost to this, having you tank regularly inspected by a professional can save you money in the long run.
British standards require a clearance of 600mm between the tank and any screening so make sure as a minimum you leave the required clearance, failure to do so may mean your tank doesn’t comply with current regulations and could have consequences if a problem was to arise.