Most of southern Idaho looks just like this. Sagebrushy. Either that or covered with lava rocks. This is Idaho in its natural state. The spot we picked to build our house looked just like this 2 years ago. Sagebrush and rocks, that's all. But Seth came in and cleared the ground, a few times over. He brought in loads of topsoil, which mostly blew away over the winter.
Last fall we put in sprinklers, which dug up all the rocks we had just covered. So I made it my goal this spring to rake up the rocks in our yard and smooth it out. It's kind of a big deal to me, because our yard is giant sized. Nearly an acre. My arms are seriously tanned and toned now after all that raking and shoveling and never ending rocks. Doesn't that dirt just look so excited to have some grass planted on it?
We rented a hydroseeder to plant our grass, which meant a 2 hour trip to pick it up, fill it a couple of times, spray spray spray, and 2 hour trip to bring it back.
Here we are 3 weeks later, some grass and a lot of weeds are popping up. Preparing a yard has just made me think for the hundreth time how much I wish we could have just bought a house where all of this stuff was already done. It is a lot of stinking work. We have some baby trees planted and a garden growing and finally a little bit of yard, things are slowly coming together.