SACRAMENTO - Residents in California's Central Valley and Foothills are facing possible orders to stop watering their lawns if drought conditions continue.
"I don't think it has set in yet. They're loving this spring-like weather and they want to get out and they want to garden and they don't realize the severity of it," said Meg Gray as she offered suggestions for new drought-resistant plants for her customers at Talini's Nursery along Folsom Boulevard.
The prospect of having to let their grass and plants die is not sitting well with everyone.
"The last drought we went through three wells. I know what it's like to stand in the shower and have the water quit coming out," said Brian Chalmers, who grew up in Loomis.
Chalmers argues politicians have failed to provide adequate infrastructure to avoid drought conditions and he objects to water transfers from Northern to Southern California.
"I'm not rationing. I'm gonna water my lawn, I'm gonna flood it," Chalmers said at his Sacramento home. "I hope they try to come and give me a ticket."
Others see an inevitable end to lawn watering if winter weather doesn't show up.
"For several years I've been wanting to kill it off and put in a low maintenance landscaping. So maybe this is the push I need to do that," Sacramento resident Luanne Sloan said.
At Talini's Nursery, Gray offered a host of drought-resistant plants that use much less water - including native grasses, plants with a silver color and others.
"Cactus, succulents, and pray for rain," she said.
At 48 th Street near Folsom Boulevard, Norma Idzinga said she admires her neighbor's cactus-filled front yard.
"I think it's beautiful and the flowers are awfully pretty when the cactuses bloom and they all do," Idzinga said.
Her own lawn is mostly brown and she has a ready answer for how she feels if she has to stop watering it.
"Well, it'll come back again," she said.
Gray said she can't remember a time when the region was so close to a serious drought in the 30 years she's lived in Sacramento.
"People will have to come up with different ways to make their yards appealing without their lush, green lawn," she said.