Hi all, I'm looking at buying a 1/2 acre lot with a house on it. It's in the Northern hemisphere, zone 7 (it's -36 C here this morning), and gets easily into the mid 30's (Celsius) during the summer. The site runs NW - SE and slopes toward the NW by roughly 3-5 degrees. It is currently pretty much all grass with a densely planted pines along the South facing boundary. There is a septic field at the front of the section and it's the only flat part of the land. Any suggestions for developing it? It slopes away from the sun and has a septic field near the low point in the property which has me a little stumped. Oh, and the property is on Canadian shield which means the topsoil is shallow, boggy and acidic. I'll need to check but there may not be enough soil to build a swale.