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Employee Spotlights: Tom Salkowski and Mike Denny
This month, we're shining the spotlight on our location in St. Peters, Missouri. Meet two of the dedicated team members there: Tom Salkowski and Mike Denny.
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Meet St. Pete: Spotlight on St. Peters Facility
Advanced Turf Solutions has 22 locations that proudly serve customers in 14 states. St. Peters is one of four locations in Missouri and has been a part of the ATS family since 2016.
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Wetting Agents Help Sod Establishment
For quite some time now, I’ve been recommending wetting agents on new sod installations to obtain quicker and more thorough rooting. Intuitively it should work, and I’ve seen good results as well. But I’ve never seen it demonstrated side by side with untreated sod.
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Wetting Agents for Fall Root Recovery
As fall approaches, we’re entering prime recovery season. Most everyone in the turf industry knows how important it is to feed the turf this time of year to help encourage root growth. Unfortunately, most stop with just the fertilizer, when water management in the soil profile is just as important to root growth.
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Wild Purple Violets growing in the grass Tips for Successful Fall Broadleaf Weed Control in Turf
Take back the turf by applying a fall broadleaf application. Here are a few tips to have a successful application:
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Fall Field Maintenance 101
For a strong start to the spring sports season, now’s the time to complete field maintenance that will benefit turf health and player safety in the year to come.
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Line Marking Paint Consumption
With the ever-present limitations of budget, sports field managers at every level are looking for the most efficient ways to get things done. An exciting innovation to help field managers is the cone nozzles from Linemark, which use less paint than flat fan nozzles. 
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Guidelines for Out-of-Bounds and Transition Areas
A common misconception about sports turf managers is that their responsibility ends where the sidelines begin. But managers are responsible for player safety in the out-of-bounds and transition areas too, and there are some important considerations for them to keep in mind as they navigate the season.
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Fall Priorities for Every Turf Manager
Winds of seasonal change are once again in the air, at least in most of our geographies. While we certainly will have several more stretches of summer-like weather in the transition zone, we’re also getting some of those mornings that are refreshingly cool. All cool-season turf managers are starting to take in that cool, fresh morning air and breathe the seasonal sigh of relief for surviving another summer growing season.
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armyworm How to Identify and Kill Armyworms
Nikki Hendrickson, our resident entomologist, recently sat down to answer some questions about the armyworm phenomenon we’re seeing. Watch or read on to learn why armyworms are so bad this year, how to identify them, and what you can do to control them.
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Advanced Turf Solutions Welcomes Beth Berry as Vice President of Turf and Ornamental Sales Advanced Turf Solutions Welcomes Beth Berry as Vice President of Turf and Ornamental Sales
We are pleased to announce that Beth Berry has joined our team as vice president of turf and ornamental sales.
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Summer patch on annual bluegrass putting green 2021: The Year of the Patch
For the last two seasons now, nearly every sample I’ve sent to the University of Wisconsin Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab has come back with either a summer patch or take-all patch infection diagnosis. Why have these two diseases exploded? There are a few possible explanations. 
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Closeup of a green football field. Benefits of Natural Turf
If you’re a sports turf manager, you’re well-acquainted with the controversy about playing surfaces. You’ve probably even joined the debate a time or two, at least to justify your choice between a natural or artificial field.
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Grub damage to a grass field Late Summer Grub Control
Like you, beetles prefer healthy turf! Good turf and soil conditions are beneficial for the development of eggs and larvae, so female beetles prefer to lay their eggs in healthy turf stands.
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Soccer field Seeding Double
Both overseeding and dormant seeding go a long way in maintaining a healthy field. Here’s what you need to know about each.
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A wide angle shot of a baseball field. Spring Success Starts Now
With the spring season months past and summer baseball and softball coming to a close, it’s easy to want to take a break from all the action, leave the field behind, and enjoy a break from the grind. However, the 2022 season will eventually arrive.
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Poison hemlock Poison Hemlock or Queen Anne’s Lace? How to Tell
You may have heard about poison hemlock in the news recently, as it’s making headlines for its aggressive growth in the United States this year. The invasive plant is spreading throughout the country, and with it, concerns about the severe risks it poses.
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Foliar-Pak Foundation Forty and CSi L jugs Enhanced Summer Stress Relief at Your Fingertips
We live in an instant gratification society. Luckily, Foliar-Pak has two products that work together well to provide immediate summer stress relief.
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Man driving a forklift in a warehouse Get to Know Our Newest Facility in Wheeling, Illinois
Advanced Turf Solutions has 22 locations that proudly serve customers in 14 states. The warehouse in Wheeling, Illinois, is the newest addition to our family of facilities.
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Employee Spotlights: Walter Tate, Henry Vian, and Derek House
Meet three of our hardworking operations employees: Walter Tate, Henry Vian, and Derek House.
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Seeding Into Heavy Traffic Areas
The seeding strategies I am talking about today are focused on low-budget, high-sensitivity projects in heavy traffic areas that have been neglected to the point where someone would ask for my help.
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seed germination Stopping Seed Mortality with Proper Moisture Management
hile getting grass seed to grow seems to involve anything but absolutes, consistently providing these critical components will help maximize the return on investment from your seed.
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Grass Seed Update
As we approach the fall seeding season, we want to make you aware of the current seed harvest situation, market conditions, and the impact on price and availability.
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Baseball and glove near base The Ins and Outs of Base Maintenance
Of the many responsibilities you have as a field manager, base maintenance is probably not the most exciting. But it is certainly important for the field and the game itself. 
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Baseball player feet running to base on field, dirt and dust moving from action of athlete What Does Field Drainage Have to Do with Player Safety?
There’s no question that drainage is an essential part of field management, but do you know how critical it is to player safety?
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Person using hose to water infield of baseball field Don’t Forget to Hydrate
Hydrating the infield does much more than just make it look tidy. A well-hydrated infield has better playability and is safer.
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Advanced Turf Solutions Launches Podcast to Educate and Entertain Turfgrass Professionals
We recently launched a video podcast called Around the Turf Scene, an informative and entertaining show for turfgrass professionals.
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turf staff workers shaking hands Communicating with Your Staff
Most of the time in the turf industry, we're the first and the last - the first to arrive and the last to leave. But at times, we're also the last to know what's going on.
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Advanced Turf Solutions Partners with Furrer and Dooley to Purchase Assets of Valley Green
Advanced Turf Solutions, Inc., George Furrer, and Charles Dooley have reached an agreement to form a new company that will acquire substantially all of the assets of New England-based distributor, Valley Green, Inc.
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Dragging-the-infield Ensure Infield Playability by Dragging the Infield
Why is dragging the infield so important?
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Florence Get to Know More About Our Florence, Kentucky, Facility
We have 23 locations that proudly serve our customers in 14 states. Our Florence, Kentucky, location has been open since September 2007. The staff pride themselves on having the highest level of customer service and go above and beyond for each customer no matter the order size. If they cannot answer your question, they will reach out to their knowledgeable sales staff that can.
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Particle Distribution in Fertilizer: Why It’s Really Important. Particle Distribution in Fertilizer: Why It’s Really Important.
Do you think about what is in the bag of fertilizer before purchasing and applying? The analysis and information are confirmation of what is in the bag. But how it’s put in that bag can be very important.
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Red Calcine Layout Choosing the Right Infield Products – Calcined vs. Vitrified
Do you know the differences between calcined clays and vitrified conditioners?
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close up of home plate and gentleman leveling the dirt in the infield Let’s Play! Checklist for Practices and Game Days
The game season is starting, and you're prepping your fields for play! It's time to fertilize and overseed any worn areas in the turf and repair the infield after a winter's nap. Once the turf and infield are in tip-top shape, here's a handy reminder of the steps to make sure your field can withstand the rigors of practice and game day. 
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Bring Your Turf into New Life with These Tips
Our golf courses, sports turf, and lawns are now breaking dormancy and coming into their own new life. Here are some products that will help your turf along the way.
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close-up of new mound at baseball field The Step-by-Step Guide to Mound Repair
Does your mound need to be repaired? Follow these steps to make sure your mound is repaired correctly.
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sprayer calibration Essential Guide to Sprayer Calibration
Steel Green Manufacturing​ explains how to calibrate​ a sprayer (math included), while also discussing how to find the right rate of chemistry for the way your machine is calibrated and what to inspect before starting calibration.
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dylan staley, stephen hill, michael thomas Employee Spotlights: Dylan Staley, Stephen Hill, and Michael Thomas
Our employees work hard to provide excellent service to our customers. In honor of Employee Appreciation Day, let’s celebrate three of our hardworking drivers, Dylan Staley, Stephen Hill, and Michael Thomas. Dylan Staley CDL Driver in Fishers, IN Employee Since 2016 Dylan’s current role at ATS involves transferring products between locations. He enjoys his role […]
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matchpoint insecticide Will Annual Blue Grass Weevil (ABW) Threaten Your Course? What You Need to Know Now.
We asked Corteva a few questions about the annual bluegrass weevil (ABW). Hear about where the insect is causing problems today, where it's spreading, how to identify if it's the issue, how to treat it, and more in this Q&A.
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steelgreen ride-on sprayer-spreader The Benefits of Ride-On Sprayer-Spreaders on Athletic Fields
A ride-on sprayer-spreader is not just for residential and commercial properties. This machine is handy on sports fields as well. It can help with more effective applications and make a field manager more efficient.
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