How to hide outdoor gas meters

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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An outdoor gas meter, while necessary, adds nothing to the decor of your lawn or garden. Hide an outdoor gas meter by planting an ornamental shrub. A shrub can make a gas meter appear "invisible" to the casual eye from the front while allowing it to be read by personnel who approach it from the side.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Tecoma stans "Gold Star" shrub, also know as a Yellow Bell
  • Shovel
  • Watering pot

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure from the top of the gas meter down to the ground with a tape measure.

  2. 2

    Purchase a shrub that does not require fertiliser. A good shrub for the project is the Tecoma stans "Gold Star" shrub. The plant, also known as a Yellow Bell, is hardy in many planting zones. The shrub variety will grow up to 12 feet tall, but can be pruned to a lower height and kept compact. Buy a shrub that is at least as tall as the height of your meter.

  3. 3

    Dig a hole in front of the gas meter with the shovel. Remove any cling film from the roots of the shrub.

  4. 4

    Place the bottom of the shrub in the hole. Replace the dirt. Pat the dirt down with the flat side of the shovel. Water the shrub.

Tips and warnings

  • Check with local utility providers to make sure that there are no underground gas pipes or electric wires where you plan to dig.

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