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How to Hide Outdoor Gas Meters

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

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.

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

Purchase a shrub that does not require fertilizer. 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.

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

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.


Things You Will Need

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


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

About the Author


Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."