Didja see the article in the NY Times (and yes, it counts toward your free 20/month if you're not a subscriber) about the important, crazy-making subject of lawns in the desert?
Homeowners’ associations in this arid region typically have rules requiring residents to maintain either desert landscaping or green grass, with brown lawns not an option.
So what's happening with increasing frequency is that people are spray-painting their lawns green in order to avoid HOA fines.
Lawn paint lasts about three months before turning an odd shade of blue and costs only a couple of hundred dollars for a modest lawn, although the grass still needs to be watered so that it will not die out entirely.
I'll go out on a limb here and predict that Rant readers HATE this, just like I do. But for me there's some great news embedded in the article – that politicians are being forced to talk about their lawns!
But [a candidate for local office] had to sheepishly acknowledge that he had grass. “Unfortunately, like many of our central Phoenix neighbors, we have a green lawn which consumes more water than xeriscape,” he told the paper.