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Although drought conditions, and lawn-watering restrictions, capture headlines, the latest drought monitor indicated that almost two-thirds of the contiguous U.S. is experiencing no drought at all so here are some perspective-shifting updates on that which is very endearing to most homeowners.

To get a lawn that looks like a baseball field, Kevin Asay, the Salt Lake Bees assistant head groundskeeper, stressed to the Deseret News the importance of applying a wetting agent once a month.

The USDA decided that Scotts Miracle-Gro's genetically altered tall fescue, which was developed to grow thicker and darker green, does not require an environmental review, clearing the way for its cultivation.

A team of Penn State researchers recently discovered that the cause of an emerging turfgrass disease known as thatch collapse is Sphaerobolus stellatus, better known as artillery or shotgun fungus. Common in bark mulch but previously not seen in grass, it decomposes lignin in thatch. There is no known treatment to eliminate it but this research is seen as the first step towards doing so.

Earthway Products Inc., the manufacturers of the EV-N-SPRED(R) and Flex-Select(R) line of spreaders, has purchased the PSB Spreader Division of White Castle, makers of Prizelawn spreaders and will continue to produce and market them through the Prizelawn dealer network.

Continuing until Aug. 31, Dow AgroSciences' Power of MORE(TM) rebate program lets customers earn cash back when they purchase any of the more than 60 eligible products including many for turf. Based on the total rebate amount earned, customers can also earn bonus rebates.

The 2015-16 edition of Cornell University's Guide for Commercial Turfgrass Management was just released, offering the latest information on topics such as pest management and landscape maintenance for sod producers, landscapers, and turfgrass managers, especially in New York. Helena Chemical Company recently introduced two products for turf health - MicroMerge(R) 55441SP, a new granular micronutrient mix that enhances soil fertility programs with a combination of iron, magnesium, manganese, sulfur and zinc and is designed to be blended with mixed fertilizers, and On Deck(TM), an herbicide to maintain turf grass appearance and provide broadleaf weed control with a concentrated formulation of dicamba and 2,4-D acids that lowers volatility and produces less odor than standard auxin-based products.

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