Lawns, at least on this side of the Mississippi, are merely an indication that the residents have not figure out that they are not living in a place with the same climate (rainy) as England. And have no clue just how constrained the water supply actually is in the West.
I’m not that far west of the Mississippi. I’m planting flowers. (No, that’s a lie. For the past 2 years, my back won’t let me bend over long enough and 8 years ago my knees declared a moratorium on kneeling. I’m hiring someone to plant flowers for me.)
We’ve had a mild drought here the last several years, but not enough to require a lot of extra water for our yards. So far this year, moisture is plentiful.
i just pray that when the cows find that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence- it isn’t my neighbor’s lawn! Now that our long-time neighbors have sold to ~out-of-staters~ … i REALLY pray. A herd of 60 1500#, 4-cloven footed bovine beasties can create quite a havoc >:0).
Mea culpa! I (very sloppy!) use “west of the Mississippi” to mean “out on the Great Plains and onward over the Rockies.” I do know (when I stop to think about it) that the forests of the Eastern US continue across the river, at least for a while.
Seattle: where “drought” means “three days in a row without rain.” ;-)
As opposed to California, where (until this past week) we had barely had 5 days of rain all winter. (Note for those in the eastern part of the country. Here, we normally have a rainy season from late October to mid-April. After that, we get one day of rain in early September — which surprises everyone every year. And NOTHING else.)
I’m rather expecting that the conservative Republican farmers in the Central Valley will be among the first of their crowd to accept that the climate really is changing, just because they have no water. But so far, they seem to be holding firm to the idea that the lack of water is all a deliberate creation of the government.