When the water bill comes "we need to cut back, you need to quit watering the lawn so much". He always said "it's only on for a few minutes in each place, do you want a brown lawn?" No, but I don't want to have to pay $200 a month for water, either, and they just keep raising the rates and we're in a drought and and and....(I always have a lot of ands).
So, a couple of months ago he pulled the majority of pine needles the neighbor has been so graciously dumping on our bank for the past fifteen or twenty years and spread them over the front lawn. Voila! No need to water this area.
You might also recall the water backup in the laundry room after I got the new washer and dryer. It wasn't draining properly because there's a blockage in the line at this end of the house. Dishwater and laundry water weren't making it out to the sewer at the street. Instead of paying a couple of hundred bucks to get the line unblocked, Brian bought some pool hose and the water from that end of the house, the gray water, empties onto the lawn. This results in needing to water this area less than we had been watering it.
You may also recall my numerous complaints of the heat this summer. I'm sure there have been one or two.
Well, the water bill got here. It's down almost 25% from last year's usage.
Brian said "all these years you've told me to cut back on watering...."
And the lawn? It's not all brown.