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LAND - If you've already bought land, hopefully you know what the zoning is, what kind of septic you will need, if your ground will pass the 'perc' test, and how you will get water to the property. Septic systems can be difficult to set up right depending on your soil situation. If you put in a water softener that uses salt, you should be aware that the ordinary softener salt will make your septic system dysfunctional by killing the 'good' bacteria that make the whole thing work. Odds are that an installer will be able to guide you through the hoops. Alternative systems are the only option at times. Much of the land in the area just will not 'perc'. The smaller your parcel, the less area available to hunt for the 'sweet spot'. Zoning may affect where you place your home. You might also check with County if you are planning to have family members set up their own houses on the property. Under certain conditions, splitting your property may not be necessary. Water options include having a well drilled, hauling your own, or a community well, with its' accompanying regulations.

FOLIAGE - The cedar trees that are found in the area are usually the shaggy bark [juniper] variety. They are water hogs but they do provide for shade and privacy, and don't need supplemental watering. Often there won't be much of anything growing between these trees because of the efficiency of their root system. Young ones transplant well, though the growth rates are very slow - truly an investment in the future. Various types of brush, grass and cactus can seem to carpet the land, but close up there is generally pronounced spacing between plants.

WILDLIFE - Most of Cedar Hills is currently undeveloped, which means that there is alot of open space [privately owned as well as state land]. With the lack of people, there is a relative abundance of many types of wildlife, as well as the occasional rarity. Coyotes, quail, mountain lion, birds, hawks, eagles, deer, elk, antelope, and bobcat can be found at one place or another. Porcupine used to be common, but are rare now due to loose dogs.

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