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How To Manage Your Golf Course Crew And Keep Up Morale
As golf course superintendents prepare for the upcoming season, there are many challenges facing them before the season even starts.
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Offsetting Road Salts and High Sodium Levels in Turf and Ornamentals
Maintaining healthy turf and ornamental beds that are close to parking lots and roads can be difficult when ice melt and road salt are used in the winter. Find out what you can do to offset the harmful effects of salt and ice melt.
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ice accumulation danger illustration Danger: Ice Accumulation
Prolonged ice accumulation on turfgrass can lead to fatal levels of carbon dioxide.
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collage of two sale representatives, Don and Matt Advanced Turf Solutions Welcomes Two New Golf Sales Representatives
We have recently welcomed Matt Welch and Don Lawrence to our golf sales team in Ohio.
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close up of crabgrass Crabgrass Control Thinking Out Side Of The Box
Traditionally, pre-emergent crabgrass control is applied in the spring. Even more traditionally, it is applied about the same time as the forsythia blooms, which is usually mid to late April in Central Indiana. However, with today’s technologies, tradition is no longer the norm.
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Fungicide Resistance Action Committee Cracking the FRAC Code
When choosing fungicides, one needs to take into consideration the possibility of the fungus developing resistance to that particular fungicide. The development of resistance is more likely in some fungicides than others.
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If You Build It Then It Will Come
The line, “if you build it, they will come” is well known from the movie Field of Dreams. I like to apply a variation of this line to my methodology for growing healthy turf. If you build healthy soil (“it”) then what “comes” of this practice is healthy turf. Or in other words, “If you build it, then it will come.”
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golf course lawn The Benefits of Bluemuda on Golf Courses
Clubs have experienced increased memberships and rounds after interseeding Bluegrass into Bermuda. It has allowed clubs to renovate from a warm season course to a cool season feel, with little or no disturbance.
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close up of frosty grass To Feed Or Not To Feed, That Is The Question
Many turf managers ask this question about dormant feeding of their turf. Why should I be feeding my turf, when it is not growing? Am I wasting my time and money? The answer is a resounding “no”.
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beautiful sunny day and trees at the golf course Timing of Proxy Applications for Poa Annua and Annual Bluegrass Seedhead Control
Bayer Green Solutions updates on improving overall seedhead control.
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collage of different sale representatives Advanced Turf Solutions Welcomes Four New Sales Representatives
We have recently added four new sales representatives to our team in the lawn and landscape, golf, and sports turf markets.
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close-up of tractor trailer road Our Hilliard, Ohio Location Has Moved!
We have outgrown our space in Hilliard, Ohio, and are constructing a new building. In the meantime, we have relocated to an interim warehouse to better serve your needs.
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close-up of golf ball at the hole What Lies Beneath
When normal chemical applications are failing to clean up your putting greens, a soil test can be a valuable ally in detecting "the root of the problem."
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Join These Organizations to Know What’s Going on in the Industry Join These Organizations to Know What’s Going on in the Industry
To know “what is going on in the industry,” volunteer at these organizations, especially the younger generation! See firsthand how you can make a difference! Below is a list of a few of the organizations in the Midwest. Be sure to search online or ask your colleagues about additional organizations for your profession.
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two gentleman smiling while holding awards Stuart Cagle and Jamie Mehringer Receive the 2017 MRTF’s Award of Achievement
We are proud to announce that two of our very own, Stuart Cagle and Jamie Mehringer, were among the recipients of the 2017 Midwest Regional Turf Foundation’s Award of Achievement. The Midwest Regional Turf Foundation is an organization that supports turf research and education at Purdue University for the advancement of the turfgrass industry. Each year since […]
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Dan Shemon and Joe Singles smiling for portrait Employee Spotlight: Dan Shemon and Joe Singles
Did you know that Detroit was the first city to have a concrete highway? Of course, it was only one mile on Woodward Avenue, but a small start can lead to something great. It led to Michigan being the first in many transportation innovations like superhighways and painted road centerlines. For us, we are excited […]
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grubs damage in the dirt Watch Out for These Insects This Fall
The number of insects wreaking havoc this time of year is decreasing, especially on ornamentals. However, there are some insects still active.
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four different products lined up Use Calcium, Phosphorus and Potassium to Build Roots with the Foliar-Pak Fall Rooting Program
When planning for fall fertility, you should think, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and roots.
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four different foliar-pak products Foliar-Pak Winter Preparation Program: Fall Foliar
As summer draws to the end and the days grow shorter it is important to turn attention to preparing your turfgrass for cold weather.
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seeding close-up Seeding 101: The Basics of a Successful Seeding
Getting Mother Nature’s help would greatly aid our endeavors, but alas, we all know we can’t totally rely on Mother Nature to get the job done right every time. However, there are several things WE can do to increase the chances for a successful seeding.
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pair of keys laying on green turf Prevent Pythium Root Dysfunction with FMC’s Best Management Tips
Could Pythium Root Dysfunction be destroying your creeping bentgrass? Discover how spring and fall applications of Fame™SC will keep away Pythium Root Dysfunction.
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collage of three different portraits of fairy ring When Fairies Visit Your Putting Greens
While visiting golf courses, a common problem I’ve come across is fairy ring on putting greens.
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Aqueduct Here There And Everywhere
By Larry Lennert – Territory Manager – Aquatrols There are seemingly endless choices of soil surfactant (wetting agent) products these days.  To complicate matters, some products have less than 20% active ingredient and are applied in ounces per acre, while other products contain 100% active ingredient and are applied in ounces per 1,000 square feet.  […]
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Brown Ring Patch on field Yellow Patch, Fairy Ring and a Bit of Brown Ring Patch
Yellow patch, fairy ring and brown ring patch are popping up in Northeast Ohio.
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What Time Is It Its Time For Annual Bluegrass Weevil Prevention Sprays
What time is it? This question means different things to different people. To most, it is a straightforward inquiry about the time of day. In the green industry, however, it’s more a question of proper timing for product applications. Our warm April caused more timing questions this year than ever. In the Northern Ohio and […]
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ENP branding ENP TO MARKET FOLIAR-PAK BRAND NATIONALLY
Beginning summer 2017, EnP will market its Foliar-Pak brand of fertilizers nationally and retire the EnP Turf brand.
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Fairy ring on field Optimizing Fairy Ring Control on Cool Season Turf
Fairy Ring affects all turf species and is one of the most difficult diseases to control. It is caused by >40 species of basidiomycete fungi that can infest thatch, mat or soil.
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The ATS Order And Delivery Process The ATS Order And Delivery Process
During my days as a superintendent, the ordering process was a simple one: I would contact my Advanced Turf Solutions representative, Alex Cannon, with my product needs and they would arrive a short time later. Now that I am a Regional Operations Manager for Advanced Turf Solutions, I can tell you the process is considerably more complicated than just a "pull and ship" system. Today, I would like to elaborate on the journey your order takes from its inception to assembly and shipment to your doorstep.
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How To Manage Anthracnose This Growing Season
No one wants to find anthracnose lurking on their turf; it’s ugly and destructive. But, when turf is stressed, whether physiologically or mechanically, the probability of anthracnose developing is high. Education is your first line of defense when combating anthracnose and Rutgers University has taken a lead role with their ongoing 15+ year study. Here […]
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Turf Screen Reduces 75% of UV Radiation post Start Turf Screen Now And Improve Turf Quality
Summer conditions punish turfgrass. Beginning Turf Screen applications now will ensure your turf will retain enough energy and strength to withstand stresses of summer. Here's why you should begin Turf Screen applications now:  
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Pre-Winter Checklist To Prepare Golf Courses For Winter
Even though we are still actively mowing and frost has not yet been a factor, it won’t be long before we will be itching to get back outside in weather that is 44 degrees, breezy, and feels like a heat wave. Winter is definitely around the corner. Before that happens, let’s make sure we do a […]
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Summer Decline Affecting Bent And Bluegrass Greens And Fairways
Summer decline can be a major problem on putting greens during summer months, affecting both bentgrass and bluegrass.
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Advanced Turf Solutions Is Now Offering Bayer Products Advanced Turf Solutions Is Now Offering Bayer Products
Back Your Turf with Bayer- ATS Is Proud to Bring You Science for a Better Life
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Barenbrug Research, The RTF Brand / 2015 Barenbrug Research, The RTF Brand / 2015
With the development of the RTF ( Rhizomatous tall fescue ), Barenbrug’s research group identified three distinctly different tall fescue morphotypes: Continental, Rhizomatous, and Mediterranean.  Of these three groups, the Continental-types are by far the most common. Evolving north of the Alps and Pyrenees mountains, Continental-types have been the mainstay of turf-type tall fescue breeding and production since the introduction of Rebel some 30 plus years ago. Named varieties of Continental-type tall fescue now number in the hundreds and are used throughout the world.
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Are Your Collars Choking Your Greens?
For decades, we have been topdressing and adding sand through aerification practices to golf greens. These practices, for the most part, have had an excellent impact on the overall playability of putting surfaces. For instance, smooth putting greens can be created from these practices. However, there are a few drawbacks for greens. As excess sand is brought […]
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2017 Advanced Turf Solutions Wall Calendar 30 60 90
Write down your 30-60-90 day plan, and look at it every day.
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Don’t Forget To Treat For Snow Mold This Fall
It does not seem possible, however, we are almost at the time of year for preventative snow mold applications. With the weather we had last year, this will be more important than ever this winter. This photo was taken earlier this spring of an untreated fairway. This Northern Indiana golf course had no prior history […]
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close up of a pond and a fountain Aquatic Weeds Have You Frustrated?
Clipper aquatic herbicide is here to help! Clipper aquatic herbicide delivers fast and selective control of invasive and nuisance plants such as Cabomba, watermeal, duckweed, Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and hydrilla. A great combo for hydrilla control is a mixture of Clipper, Diquat and surfactant. Rate: Clipper 1 lb per surface acre-foot of water Diquat […]
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Weathering The Storms
After the winter we all just went through, one would think Mother Nature would be a little bit kinder this spring. We had more than our share of rainfall, and the unseasonably low temps have not made it any easier to keep up with general maintenance. With the slow start to the season, many of you are struggling to keep the grass mowed down and bunkers pushed up. Not to worry; the weather has changed for the better and your golf courses are responding to sunlight and warmth!
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close-up of grass in the spring time Spring Recovery Program
The way the winter has gone, some of us are bound to see at least some turf not green up as the temperatures rise this spring. Whether the cause is prolonged ice cover resulting in lack of oxygen, desiccation, low-temperature kill, crown hydration, or snow mold damage, you may have to shift into recovery mode […]
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