Assess Your Site
One of the clearest indications of future problems is the classic “Nothing has ever grown here!” Maybe you’re sitting on an abandoned nuclear waste dump! Maybe someone in the past applied Spike or Vapam to kill the soil. If you have a bald spot, have the soil tested. That should indicate what is lacking, though don’t add organic soil amendments. If all else fails, stick a group of boulders on it. Sometimes it’s better to abandon a potential bulls-eye of death.