Staff Sgt. Ryan Rogers, Operation Test Command, receives advice from Ladina Peikert, self-help coordinator for Cavalry Family Housing, June 9 at the Lawn and Garden Center. (U.S. Army photo by Janecze Wright, Fort Cavazos Public Affairs)
Staff Sgt. Ryan Rogers, Operation Test Command, receives advice from Ladina Peikert, self-help coordinator for Cavalry Family Housing, June 9 at the Lawn and Garden Center. (U.S. Army photo by Janecze Wright, Fort Cavazos Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: (U.S. Army photo by Janecze Wright, Fort Cavazos Public Affairs)) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT CAVAZOS, Texas — Nothing says summer like overgrown grass and a long to-do list. Fortunately, the Lawn and Garden Center is helping Cavalry Family Housing residents address their landscaping and housing needs to keep their homes looking and running their best here.

Residents can rent lawn mowers, weed eaters and a host of other landscaping tools and pick up a variety of supplies like light bulbs, blinds and filters to keep their homes running efficiently all season long.

“As long as you live in our housing, you are welcome to come in here and borrow and pick up the supplies that we offer,” said Ladina Peikert, self-help coordinator for Cavalry Family Housing.

Piekert added that mowers and weed eaters are among the more popular rentals.

“The lawn equipment is a really big thing,” she added. “Because that’s something that they don’t have to go out and buy. They borrow it and they bring it right back. And that’s important.”

Staff Sgt. Ryan Rogers, Operation Test Command, expressed just how important the lawn equipment rentals have been for him since recently settling into Montague Village.

“It’s important that I don’t have to go spend money, especially since I just moved,” he said. “My last installation didn’t have something like this, so I always had to go buy extra things all the time. I just moved from Arizona, and I didn’t have a lawn mower because my backyard was all rock and stuff. So, coming here, I’m able to borrow it, so it makes it very convenient.”

Checking out equipment is as easy as filling out an equipment loan sheet and presenting valid military I.D. and proof of residency.

Lawn equipment that is signed out in the morning must be returned by 2 p.m. that same day. Items picked up in the afternoon must be returned the next morning.

Residents can also borrow things like spreaders, assorted garden tools, dollies and extension cords and are welcome to take items such as outlet covers, shower heads and batteries.

Summer is one of the busiest seasons for the Lawn and Garden Center, which loans lawn mowers and weed eaters to housing residents. The center also provides a variety of supplies to help residents keep their homes in working order. (U.S. Army photo by Janecze Wright, Fort Cavazos Public Affairs)
Summer is one of the busiest seasons for the Lawn and Garden Center, which loans lawn mowers and weed eaters to housing residents. The center also provides a variety of supplies to help residents keep their homes in working order. (U.S. Army photo by Janecze Wright, Fort Cavazos Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: (U.S. Army photo by Janecze Wright, Fort Cavazos Public Affairs)) VIEW ORIGINAL

All loaned equipment is required to be clean and in good operating condition upon return. Residents should bring mowers back to the center for gas refills.

“I had a great experience picking it up and using it and bringing it back,” Shantelle Cabral said about previous rentals. “It’s pretty easy.”

Cabral shared that her family has been here a little over a year and that the program saves residents from having to make a costly purchase.

“It’s good for families that don’t have the money for the equipment,” she said. “It’s also hard to have the equipment and constantly move. So, I think it’s a good thing to have.”

Piekert conveyed that the center helps residents keep everything in running order by providing a variety of do-it-yourself supplies in one convenient location.

“It helps the family members,” she said. “A lot of spouses, they have spouses that are deployed. Rather than call in a work order, it’s just easier for them to have a place to just go get (supplies) and take care of it themselves.

“We’re here for them,” Piekert said about housing residents. “We try to accommodate them within our boundaries.”

The Lawn and Garden Center provides supplies such as light bulbs, filters and blinds. The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. (U.S. Army photo by Janecze Wright, Fort Cavazos Public Affairs)
The Lawn and Garden Center provides supplies such as light bulbs, filters and blinds. The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. (U.S. Army photo by Janecze Wright, Fort Cavazos Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: (U.S. Army photo by Janecze Wright, Fort Cavazos Public Affairs)) VIEW ORIGINAL

The Lawn and Garden Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday.

Residents should be aware that no landscaping machinery such as mowers, weed eaters or blowers, will be provided on Fridays due to scheduled maintenance.