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happy neighborhood. Managing Poor Soil Quality On New Construction Properties
New construction properties have chronically low soil quality, making it challenging to grow healthy grass. Why is that, and what can you do about it? Whether your company has been hired by a new homeowner to care for their lawn or contracted by a builder to establish a new lawn, this article is for you. We’ll discuss common issues and how you can adapt your practices to overcome them.
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Green grass in snow, bush in background, Hello spring concept Dormant Seeding Best Practices
When people talk about seeding over the winter or dormant seeding, what do they mean? Dormant seeding is a practice that takes place between the middle of November and early March, depending on your geography. You can seed any time during the winter once the soil temperature drops and stays below 40 degrees. Dormant seeding works anywhere you would typically seed on any height of turf.
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tree and shrub fertilization for newbies post What You Need to Know If You’re Thinking of Offering Tree and Shrub Fertilization to Your Customers
You've had a few customers ask for tree and shrub fertilization, but you currently do not offer it. Read on to see what you should know about offering tree and shrub fertilization to your customers.
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spraying pesticide with portable sprayer to eradicate garden weed Tricks of the Trade for New Pesticide Applicators
You have all of your pesticide applicator certifications. Now what? Here are some tips and tricks of the trade that they don’t always teach in education programs.
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Backpack Sprayer Options
As you’ve evaluated your equipment needs for the 2023 lawn care season, have you added backpack sprayers to your list? If so, we have a variety of options to help your crews get the job done safely, efficiently, and comfortably.
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front door, brown front door of a house The Business of Lawn Care: Identifying Customer Needs
If you own a lawn care company, you know it’s about much more than yard work. In “The Business of Lawn Care” series, we discuss topics related to managing and growing a company in the lawn care industry.
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Scenic suburban landscape with homes and cloudy sky reflected on a shiny pond Adding a Pond Maintenance Service
Does pond maintenance sound like something your customers would be interested in? Here are a few things to know before adding the service.
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Sports Turf 101: Infield Basics
Most people don’t understand how much work goes into maintaining baseball and softball infields. In this comprehensive blog post, we’ll discuss four factors for sports field managers to consider. We’ll look at native versus engineered soil; components of an infield mix; silt-to-clay ratio; and conditioner depth.
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Plan Ahead Sign Agronomic Plans: A Roadmap to Success
With the growing season coming to a halt, it now becomes time to ask the question, “Are you prepared for next year?” Read about how having an agronomic plan will provide good communication, better financial management, and is generally a roadmap to success for the next year.
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Budgeting for Business Success
For most turf managers, the winter months provide much-needed time indoors to evaluate the business. While you may cringe at the idea of spending time in the office in front of the computer, taking time to evaluate a few budget basics can reap big rewards before, during, and after the season.
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The Unique Features of Linemark Machines How to Winterize Your iGO Machine
Winter is officially here! Have you prepared your line marking machines for cold temperatures?
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Audit Your Granular Applications
Are you doing everything necessary to ensure your granular fertilizer applications are a success next season? Wintertime can be a great time to improve your granular fertilizer application methods and equipment.
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Two yellow sticker with blank space for an inscription or a reminder on a green background, attached to a clothespin. Close-up. Top view. The Business of Lawn Care: Expectation Management
If you own a lawn care company, you know it’s about much more than yard work. In “The Business of Lawn Care” series, we discuss topics related to managing and growing a company in the lawn care industry. 
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Products Added in 2022
As we strive to provide second-to-none service, we’re always working to offer the best product selection for our customers. That means adding to our offerings as new technologies become available. Take a look below at the products we added in 2022. Fertilizers Foliar-Pak Manganese AminoPrecise is a reformulation with AminoPrecise technology, which fully chelates the […]
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Golf Course Accessories to Replace Next Year
As you wrap up the year and budget for 2023, don’t forget about the golf course accessories you’ll need to replace for next season. While these products may not be as exciting as other items in your budget, they are essential for the playability of your course.
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Hardscape Solutions
Did you know that Advanced Turf Solutions sells hardscapes?
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Don’t Forget To Winterize Your Sprayer From GNC Industries!
Time to winterize your sprayer! These five steps from GNC Industries will save you time and money.
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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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