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Hardscape Solutions
Did you know that Advanced Turf Solutions sells hardscapes?
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soil testing sports Soil Testing to Prepare for 2023
Like a coach, a sports field manager needs a good game plan to be successful. Now’s the time that many managers are making those plans for healthy turf come spring, but what information are you using to prepare for next season? 
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Preventing Herbicide Resistance
Pesticide resistance isn’t just a fungicide problem. It affects herbicides, too. As with fungicides, you can limit herbicide resistance by knowing your science, focusing on prevention, and rotating products.
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The Business of Lawn Care: Pricing
If you haven’t already established and implemented your 2023 pricing model, now’s the time. This blog post will explore a framework for pricing your services, along with some considerations to take in the process.
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Last-Minute Baseball Field Renovations
Can you believe spring sports start in just three months? The school pictured above finally received a donation for its baseball field renovation, and games start February 10 at the college level. Here’s how to execute a successful renovation with a short timeline in a situation like this.
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Preventing Winterkill: Part Two
Winterkill refers to turfgrass loss that happens in the winter. It can damage grass in cool-season, warm-season, and transition zone geographies. Several conditions cause winterkill, but this blog post will focus specifically on snow mold and ice sheets. We’ll explore how to prevent these issues before winter even starts.
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golf course with brown grass Preventing Winterkill: Part One
Winterkill refers to turfgrass loss that happens in the winter. It can damage grass in cool-season, warm-season, and transition zone geographies. Several conditions cause winterkill, but this blog post will focus specifically on crown hydration and winter desiccation. We’ll explore how to prevent these issues before winter even starts.
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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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Things to Know Before Dormant Seeding
Dormant seeding is an opportunity to prepare lawns in late fall or winter for germination in the spring. It has both benefits and drawbacks, which this blog post will explain. We’ll also discuss how to achieve successful dormant seeding for your customers.
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Late Fall Fertilization Basics
With fall play winding down and temperatures dropping, now’s the time for late fall fertilizer applications on your cool-season sports fields. This blog post will explain why, when, and how to make these applications.
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many paper documents on table in office Prior Proper Planning
As I sit here thinking of a topic to discuss for this blog, I am reminded of a quote: “Prior proper planning prevents poor performance.” Had I remembered those wise words and been prepared, writing this blog at the last minute may have gone much smoother. 
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street and sidewalk of suburban homes with leafless trees late fall-winter season Winter Dormancy in the North
No, your lawn isn’t dying—it’s dormant! Winter dormancy can be concerning to homeowners with a mixture of cool-season and warm-season grasses in their lawns. They fear the cold temperatures will kill the warm-season grass and leave their yard thin after winter.
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Image of a beautiful country home in southern America Winter Dormancy in the South
No, your lawn isn’t dead—it’s dormant! Winter dormancy can be concerning to homeowners in the South who fear the cold temperatures are killing their warm-season lawns.
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Facility With a Heart: Elkhart Spotlight
Advanced Turf Solutions has 24 locations that proudly serve customers in 15 states. Elkhart is one of the oldest, having been a part of the ATS family since 2002.
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empty parking lot with snow removed Estimating Ice Melt Needs
Winter weather is never perfectly predictable. Forecasts often include a range of temperatures and types of precipitation, from rain to sleet to heavy snow. These conditions make it crucial to prepare now for wild weather. This blog post will explain how to determine the amount of material you’ll need for a de-icing job.
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Dormant Seeding for Spring Success
Dormant seeding is an often forgotten practice among many turf managers, who view this as a last resort option when traditional fall seeding has failed. In some segments of the turf industry, particularly sports field management, dormant seeding is a much more common practice.
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Lawn - grass with leaves Why High-Nitrogen, Quick-Release Fertilizer
You could say that fall is the “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” season for fertilizing turf. In early fall, it’s best to apply a fertilizer with slow-release nitrogen to help turf recover from summer. But in late fall, the ideal fertilizer has a high ratio of quick-release nitrogen. Sometimes called “winterizer” fertilizer, this application helps prepare turf for winter. In this blog post, we’ll explore the two characteristics that make it the best fertilizer for the end of fall.
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Preparing for Snow Mold Season
With the change of the season and the trees glowing in golds, reds, and yellows, we are entering the next season of turfgrass diseases: snow mold. 
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Close-up. There is a yellow megaphone on the green lawn. There are no people in the photo. The Business of Lawn Care: Communication
If you’re a lawn care professional, you know that communication is vital to the success of your business. From managing crews to maintaining customers, communication is a powerful tool. This blog post will explore how to communicate in a way that leads to happy employees and satisfied clients.
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Hard to Kill: Wild Violet
Wild violet is a perennial broadleaf weed that’s notoriously hard to kill. The wild violet family contains several species, including the common blue violet, wooly blue violet, and confederate violet. This blog post will explore how to identify and treat these weeds.
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Aeration Tricks of the Trade
Before working in sales, I was a superintendent for about 20 years. I would like to share some "tricks of the trade" I learned through the years. Each one of these particular "tricks" is related to aeration. . . the necessary evil.
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MAG Why MAG® Magnesium Chloride from the Dead Sea Works
MAG is a professional-grade, natural magnesium chloride extracted from the Dead Sea's mineral-rich waters. Unlike other ice melters, MAG delivers safe surfaces for commercial and residential building owners and facilities managers with a powerful ice-melting performance. 
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Using Growth Tarps on Sports Fields
Growth tarps have several uses on sports fields. They help protect turfgrass from frost, extend the growing season in the fall, and encourage green-up in the spring.
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How to Maximize Your Winter Solutions
As we begin thinking about the 2022-2023 ice melt season, we can state one pretty undeniable fact: the ice melt market is still highly unpredictable, and its variables will likely change quickly as winter services are needed. To help you navigate the uncertainty, here are a few ways to maximize your time and effort this ice melt season. 
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These creeping thistles (Cirsium arvense) were growing near Adamstown, Maryland. Hard to Kill: Thistle
Both native and invasive thistles are present in the geography. Native thistles include field thistle and swamp thistle, which can be confused with invasive thistle species. Those non-native species include Canada thistle and bull thistle.
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Preparing Your Putting Greens for Winter
A good portion of the ATS geography is currently experiencing changing colors, falling leaves, cooler temperatures, and shorter days . . . all signs that Old Man Winter will be arriving soon. With this comes the closing of the 2022 golf season.
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Snow and Ice Removal Resources
Ice solutions include more than products and equipment. This blog post will present some other resources to help you manage snow and ice for your customers this winter.
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white clover Hard to Kill: White Clover
White clover, also known as white trefoil, honeysuckle clover, or Dutch clover, is a perennial broadleaf weed that’s notoriously hard to kill. This blog post will explore how to identify and treat it.
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Protecting Evergreen Shrubs From Harsh Winter Cold And Winds
Desiccation is the dehydration of a plant. It takes place when water loss arises in the leaves through transpiration, which occurs during the winter as brutally cold winds rip through our region. Evergreen shrubs maintain their foliage throughout winter, so, protecting them from desiccation will ensure they do not dry out and die during our […]
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Benefits of Turfgrass Colorants
Turfgrass colorants don’t simply mask dormant grass. They provide benefits that lead to healthier plants, more efficient chemical applications, and extended playability.
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Closeup of Glechoma hederacea foliage in a public garden Hard to Kill: Ground Ivy
Ground ivy, also known as creeping Charlie or gill-over-the-ground, is a perennial broadleaf weed that’s notoriously hard to kill. This blog post will explore how to identify and treat ground ivy.
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wet green grass lawn with water texture Effects of Excessive Rain on Turf
Excessive rain can have adverse effects on turfgrass health. Below are a few such outcomes.
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Edward McCourt Park is located in the Colllege Park East neighborhood of Saskatoon. Post-Season Infield Maintenance
Post-season maintenance on the infield surface is an important process. There are a few maintenance practices you should do every year. Adding infield mix is one that you can do every two or three years.
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Recently Added Products: Fall 2022
Advanced Turf Solutions added five product offerings over the past few months. Learn more about each one below. N Stabilizer Foliar-Pak N Stabilizer is a nitrogen stabilizer that you can blend with urea fertilizers to minimize volatilization loss. N Stabilizer slows urea hydrolysis by inhibiting the urease enzyme’s activity. Sempre Verde Foliar-Pak Sempre Verde is […]
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What Not to Do When Treating for Dallisgrass
What not to do when treating for dallisgrass.
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Repairing Drought Damage in Your Lawn
If your lawn endured drought conditions this summer, now is the time to repair the damage so it can survive winter. Here are five ways to help your lawn recover from drought damage.
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Fall Fertilization on Golf Courses
Fall is upon us, with winter soon to follow. We must take the proper steps to help turf recover from summer stresses and prepare for the winter ahead. Below are some common practices to do just that.
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deadnettle Controlling Winter Annual Weeds
What are winter annual weeds? How and when can you control them? Keep reading to find out.
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pink snow mold Protecting Your Golf Course Turf From Snow Mold with AMGUARD
Labor Day weekend has come and gone, and the transition from summer to fall and winter has begun. Now is a good time to start thinking about one of the last and most important cultural practices of the year, protecting your golf course turf from snow mold.
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Front view of modern residential home during early autumn season in Northwest of United States. Maple trees beginning to change leaf colors. Fertility Options for Trees and Shrubs
September is the time of the year customers reach out with seeding, turf fertilizer, and early order questions. It’s also the time of the year to start planning ornamental fertility programs. 
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