Lawns and the 2014 California drought
We are in California and it appears that 2014 will be an all time record drought year. With that in mind I would like some advice on what to do with out lawns.
We have a couple of small cool fescue lawns in our front yard (1 we are already contemplating removing), and a larger back yard cool turf lawn.
I would like to save the lawns for future years - but we are expecting pretty heavy water restrictions to come online soon, as there is little rain forecast. A couple of years ago we had water restrictions that only allowed 15 minutes 2 days each week for any sprinklers. This year I expect it to be reduced below that, and possibly eliminated.
I expect that we will have a brown lawn for all of the year.
I was hoping to do some work on our lawns over that last couple of months - but we have had no rain at all...so the work to improve them hasn't happened (lucky I guess since it looks like we won't be watering them this season). Fertilizing, over seeding don't work so well when there is no rainfall to speak of...
So will they die - or just be dormant for a year or more?