We haven't had rain for a long time, but then it is summer which will end soon. The garden is just kept alive with water and we don't water the lawns. Water can be costly, plus the lawns will soon green up after a good rain, whenever that will be.
We bought some 'pea straw' for $5.00 AUD a bale recently to put on the garden, it helps keep the weeds down and moisture in. First we have to put some good nourishment in the soil of the garden.
The photo is of the bales of pea straw plus the lawn of same colour.