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Old 01-24-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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If water restrictions/prices made having a lawn unworkable - would you still want the same sized lot? Just curious for those who are married to the quarter acre lot. If so, what would you do with the lot instead? If not, would you consider ditching the SF detached altogether or just downsize a little (lot not home).

Notice - those of you in the Eastern third of the country likely will never have to face this question - those of you in the mountain west likely already have faced it and made decision. This is more for the middle third of the country who are in semi-arid lands and living in communities that may face decisions as to allocation of limited water resources now or in the near future.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:20 AM
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You're assuming those with detached homes have a quarter acre. They might have much more or much less.

And some of us here don't have much of a lot if any. I don't really have much of a lawn to speak of. A lack of water would make my street look less appealing in the warmer months by killing off the landscaping. But as someone in the eastern third of the country, lately it's gotten wetter in general not drier.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:22 AM
 
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You're also assuming those of us with lawns actually water them. Or, if we do water them, you're assuming that the lawn is watered with tap water.

The premise is flawed.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:28 AM
 
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I live in the midwest and I let my grass go brown when it gets dry...that's usually up to a month a year. There was close to a month last year that only the middle of the back yard was somewhat green, because that is where the kids set up the sprinkler when they play in it. I probably have a 1/4 acre and it is the perfect size for my family. The squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits would be sad if I didn't have my yard...or my pathetic little garden.

Some in my neighborhood water from about June through September, though, they have those lush, soft, green lawns. Don't know what they would do.

After my kids grow up I will downsize, though.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:29 AM
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You're also assuming those of us with lawns actually water them. Or, if we do water them, you're assuming that the lawn is watered with tap water.

The premise is flawed.
The OP excluded the wetter, eastern third of the country for that reason.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:30 AM
 
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The OP excluded the wetter, eastern third of the country for that reason.
Maybe it should be the eastern half.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:31 AM
 
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You're also assuming those of us with lawns actually water them. Or, if we do water them, you're assuming that the lawn is watered with tap water.

The premise is flawed.
Uh - that's a pretty safe assumption for the vast majority of households with lawns in the drier areas that I referred to in the OP.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:34 AM
 
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Uh - that's a pretty safe assumption for the vast majority of households with lawns.
Really? I've never seen anyone water their lawns anywhere I've lived. Not even during drought years.

I guess we're all smarter -- or exhibit more pronounced cheapskate tendencies -- than the "vast majority of households."

Assumptions are dangerous things, Grasshopper.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:37 AM
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Really? I've never seen anyone water their lawns anywhere I've lived. Not even during drought years.
You need to get out more.

Some of my parent's neighbors had automatic sprinklers that went off while it was raining. I saw one go off 6 hours before Tropical Storm Irene approached. My parents water their lawn but off and on.
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Maybe it should be the eastern half.
what do you mean?
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