I cheated and read the threads before I posted this.
If you are in base housing, check with the housing office and see what
they will allow. Drive around and see what others have done in your
area. If your base has a "Self Help Store" (again ask at housing or
other people that have been there a while), grass seed, bedding
plants, perrenial plants, supplies, equipment, etc may be available at
no charge for people in base quarters. The plants limited quantities
for your spring planting needs, tools and equipment on an "as
Many areas have county extension offices that can answer agricultural
questions for your area regarding best suited plants, plant pests and
diseases and treatments. Check the government pages in your telephone
directory for listings. Usually if you are directed to the right
office, they are very helpful. The same with ag departments at some
of the local colleges and universities, one poster specified "Land
If your yard was sodded, even sloppily, after it starts growing, the
sod will fill in the bare spots. Many types of grass further south
are not sodded in a solid carpet, but plugged at intervals that grow
and spread to the bare spots.
As suggested by other posters, rake and remove the largest rocks, also
remove construction debris. A dead patch in the yard later could
indicate the presence of nails or shingles. In that case you can pin
point the offending material and remove it.
Hopefully, you will have a few years at your new assignment to do and
enjoy your yard before transferred.
Nancy G. USA (retired)
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If I were you I'd try and minimize lawn as much as possible by planting
wildflowers. Wildflower seed can be gotten by the pound online for less
than $35 which should be enough to cover your land unless you have a huge
site. Plan out a mixture of lawn and wildflowers such that the grass has
easy turns for your lawn mower and use the lawn as walk ways through your
garden. In your wildflower sections, follow the instructions for spring
planting, plant the seeds on the fresh soil (you're not suppose to till
it much), then plant grass seeds in the grass areas, and let everything
grow. The nice thing about having grass walkways to contain the
wildflowers is that it will look like a planned garden so you'll get less
complaints from neighbors thinking you're just growing a bunch of weeds.
Make sure you have grass pathways by the property lines with your
If you're into herbs, perennials, annuals, bushes, etc., set aside land
for that as well. You might want to start small and find out what you
like and what grows well in your location. Gardens take years to grow
and as the years go by and you get a feel for the light and location, you
can make changes to suit your vision. The nice thing about wildflowers
is that they're pretty resilient and they can look magnificent the first
year and, unlike annuals, you don't have to plant each flower
individually. Just spread the seeds, water, weed a little, and hope for
rain in Spring.
And don't forget trees. All gardens should have trees. If you plan to
live there awhile, trees take a long time to grow if you plant them from
seedlings and you may as well get a couple started ASAP.
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