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Marcus Sczesny Employee Spotlight April
April 15, 2015 at 11:41 am Category: Around the Turf Scene  Spring is a fun, exciting, and busy time for ATS and no one knows that better than the employees in operations. They work very hard to achieve customer satisfaction by getting orders ready and out to our customers. Let’s get to know two operations […]
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Baseball Field Using Baseball Field Drying Agent Properly Will Save More Than Just Your Ga
June 25, 2012 at 3:00 am Rain outs cost sports organizations thousands of dollars every year.  With so many drying agents on the market today, which ones do you use and which ones should you avoid?  There are several different types of soil conditioners and dying agents. Vitrified Clay drying agents also known as expanded […]
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Surrounding area treated with Foliar-Pak products Improve Your Spring Poa Annua Seedhead Control Program
February 18, 2013 at 3:00 am Spring golf is not far off in the Midwest.  With every spring comes a flush of seedheads where poa annua is present.  A well-timed plant growth regulator application each spring will reduce poa annua seedhead emergence, improve course appearance, and reduce mowing frequency. One practice to reduce discoloration and […]
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Poa Annua Seedhead Control Poa Annua Seedhead Control
February 24, 2014 at 3:00 am Achieving optimal poa annua seedhead control has proven to be a challenging task. I have witnessed situations where several courses have sprayed the same products / rates on the same days, yet their results varied greatly. There are many biotypes of poa annua, and they react differently to various […]
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How To Add New Mix And Level Baselines
June 27, 2016 at 9:51 am Maintaining baselines that create a smooth and safe surface can be challenging. The photos below outline the process of adding new material to baselines. This leveling process will work on any baseball surface. Keep in mind, if leveling with a board, address all “lips” before grading. Step 1 Edge […]
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Foliar Pak Winter Preparation Program
October 13, 2016 at 9:45 am As daylight hours decrease in the fall, turfgrass naturally undergoes a process called hardening off. It’s the plant’s way to defend against freezing and winter damage by building tolerance to cold temperatures. Turfgrass hardens off by storing carbohydrates in the cells of the crown and root tissues, increasing cell […]
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2016 Stma Trade Show
January 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm San Diego, California was host to the 2016 Sports Turf Managers Assocation Conference and Exhibition. Several employees from Advance Turf Solutions attended the show to see the lastest products and learn the latest news from the sports turf industry. Pictured above: Attendees registering at the attendee registration booth. Pictured […]
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Lawn Care Companies Turning Customer Complaints Into Sales Lawn Care Companies Turning Customer Complaints Into Sales
August 31, 2015 at 9:53 am If you have been in the lawn care business for any amount of time, you have probably had customers calling in and complaining that their lawn looks thin and they have crabgrass and/or broadleaf weed breakthrough. While these might be distressing things to hear, there is an opportunity that […]
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Announcing Foliarpak Carbosential Fe Announcing Foliarpak Carbosential Fe
November 18, 2011 at 8:39 am Category: Product News Carbosential Fe: New organic iron micronutrient yields outstanding residual color, increased nutrient uptake and improved overall plant health Advanced Turf Solutions is excited to introduce FoliarPak Carbosential Fe, a unique organic iron micronutrient with a patented polysaccharide based delivery system and 18 L-Amino Acids!  This new “Activated […]
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Its Time To Think About Ice Melt
October 04, 2016 at 7:19 am Believe it or not, it’s time to think about ice melt needs for 2016/2017! ATS is busy procuring ice melt products for your needs this winter. One of the toughest jobs we encounter with procurement is predicting winter weather in the September and October planning stages. What methods can […]
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High Temperatures Bring High Stress Levels To Plants
June 01, 2016 at 2:34 pm The heat is on the rise! With temperatures climbing into the 90’s, almost a month early, the stress level on our turfgrass, trees, shrubs, annual and perennial flowers and anything that is green and growing is as well. Signs of stress: Cool-season turfgrass can go dormant, turning from green […]
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Aaron Bucci 5 Tips For What Not To Do When Applying Pre Emergents To Lawns
February 02, 2016 at 10:18 am Recently, I was asked to write a blog post discussing what not to do with pre-emergents. Initially, I thought I was tasked with this because of my agronomic knowledge. However, the more I thought about it, I realized that it was most likely due to my vast experience with […]
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Rob Bennett Employee Spotlight Recap
September 17, 2015 at 4:33 am Category: Around the Turf Scene  Since our Employee Spotlight blog started in March 2015, we have featured 15 fantastic employees. Each one brings skills and qualities to Advanced Turf Solutions, which allows our company to be great and satisfy all our customers’ needs. To celebrate the half-year mark of […]
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Advanced Turf Solutions Partners With Holganix Advanced Turf Solutions Partners With Holganix
October 10, 2012 at 10:01 am Category: Product News Advanced Turf Solutions has partnered with Holganix to offer customers a cost-effective, environmentally friendly lawn care solution. Holganix, (whole-gan-x) a proven 100% organic bio-nutritional product, promotes strong plant health by naturally increasing resistance to disease and insect damage through significant root and cell wall development.  It […]
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Growing Turf In The Shade Growing Turf In The Shade
January 22, 2012 at 12:01 am One of the challenges I’m often faced with each growing season is how to grow and maintain turf in the shade.  Planting a good shade seed blend is not enough.  Usually a season or two after a shady lawn is established, I get a phone call asking me what […]
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seed sacks Now Is The Time To Overseed Athletic Fields
September 10, 2012 at 3:00 am Late summer/early fall is quickly approaching.  Now is the time to overseed athletic fields. Here is a link for overseeding soccer fields from Purdue University.  Focus on pages 11-12.  Overseeding can be accomplished after aerification and before topdressing and dragging of the cores or with an overseeder.  I like […]
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Cavalcade PQ Cavalcade Pq Herbicide To The Rescue
April 12, 2012 at 7:26 am Well, since the month of May decided to show up mid-March it has provided us with challenges we have never experienced before in this industry.  It has had us all scrambling right out of the gate. Besides having to deal with a severe broadleaf weed situation 4 weeks earlier […]
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Got Grass Got Grass
July 01, 2013 at 3:00 am That may be the key question if you’re looking for any grass seed before harvest of new crops this fall. Old crop inventories of perennial ryegrass are limited to none this year. Tall fescue old crop inventories may be a little better than perennial ryegrass, but they will go […]
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The Pond Program The Pond Program
April 07, 2015 at 8:07 am Category: Around the Turf Scene Like most activities, enjoying the success of delivering pond management services involves several key factors: a program with a timing schedule, the ability to deal with factors outside of our control, such as the weather, and a little good luck. Since we cannot control […]
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Frosty Grass Foliar Pak L 18 Activator And 1 0 15 For Better Overwintering
October 01, 2012 at 3:00 am We are all anticipating the arrival of winter so we can finally slow down and recover from a long, difficult growing season.  However, as the days grow shorter it is important to prepare your turfgrass in its natural efforts to harden off prior to another cold winter season.  Plants naturally […]
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Pondweed Broad-leaved A New Tool For Pond Managers Breaking The Nutrient Cycle
February 11, 2013 at 8:05 am Nuisance aquatic vegetation and algae are symptoms of high nutrient levels in the pond water and muck.  Muck is composed of nutrient-rich organic materials that accumulate on the pond floor primarily from decaying vegetation that had grown in the pond such as algae or aquatic plants.  Tree leaves, grass […]
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Sprayer Nozzles And Calibration Tools
February 17, 2014 at 3:00 am For turf managers, quality turf requires timely product applications. The cost of an application can range from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars per acre. With that thought, it is prudent to select the proper spray nozzle and to calibrate your sprayer each spring. All nozzles are […]
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2016 June Employee Spotlight
June 24, 2016 at 11:09 am Advanced Turf Solutions in Northern Illinois and Wisconsin operates as ProGro Solutions. Their employees represent ATS in the best possible ways, offering smart service solutions. Let’s get to know two great employees, Mike Werth and Nelson Martinez. Mike Werth ProGro Employee Since 2012 Mike is a sales representative for […]
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Foliarfaq How Do I Build A Custom Fertility Program
April 15, 2016 at 9:19 am If you’ve been following our #FoliarFAQ series, you already know about some of the exciting new products featuring Armament technology. You may be wondering how these new products fit in your existing fertilizer program. How Do I Build A Custom Fertility Program? We created this interactive program worksheet and […]
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We Are Not Out Of The Woods Yet
December 21, 2015 at 9:38 am The old adage “putting the course to bed” may not apply anymore, at least with an upcoming winter that looks as precarious as this. In years past, one could rest assured that after making their snow mold application, heavy topdressing, and any other winter preparations, their turf would be […]
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August Employee Spotlight
August 21, 2015 at 3:26 pm To paraphrase Gilbert, from the Incredibles, “a company is like a clock. It only works if the little cogs mesh together.” But, what does this have to do with our August spotlight employees? Well, both employees help keep the cogs of our company meshed together and working with all […]
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Surfcote N 4 The New Wave Of Turf Technology
May 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm You work hard to maintain the quality and color of your turf. But now it’s become just a little bit easier, with SurfCote N-4 extended-release fertilizer. SurfCote N-4 uses innovative polymer resin to provide a temperature-dependent nutrient release. As temperatures warm, urea nitrogen is released at a consistent rate, to match […]
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Late Season Enhancement Program
September 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm As the growing season nears an end, lower sunlight and temperatures will result in reduced plant activity. This program will help your turf maximize photosynthesis, improve carbohydrate storage, and enhance the hardening off process prior to winter stress. Amino acids improve nutrient uptake and increase the plant’s production of […]
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landscape A Little Nutrition Can Go A Long Way
May 18, 2016 at 8:03 am Sometimes the budget is only planned for basic maintenance such as mowing, trimming and blowing of a property. But what about those plants, flowers, and trees? A little nutrition and plant health care can go a long way for those plants, flowers, and trees! If it’s not something you […]
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snow cover Snow Cover How Does It Effect Soil Temps
January 13, 2014 at 3:00 am Many turf professionals recognize that snow cover is Mother Nature’s soil blanket. Snow cover will insulate the soil. So, I decided to illustrate this fact during the frigid temperatures last Tuesday. The location is Indianapolis, IN. To better understand the insulation properties of snow cover, let me set the […]
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Fall Seed Tips
September 08, 2015 at 8:16 am If you are doing a total renovation or eliminating unwanted grasses, try spraying with Glystar Pro or any glyphosate product, and add a little liquid fertilizer or urea to fool the plant. The plant will be just like a man on death row getting a last meal; it will […]
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ATS Begins Early Order Program September 4 2012
September 04, 2012 at 7:18 am Category: Product News September is here and with it comes longer cooler nights, aerification and the dream of a snowy winter!  September is also the time ATS starts the early order-buying program.  As a 100% independent and employee owned distributor ATS reacts quickly to what customers want and need.  […]
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ATS Custom Application Team Customers Take Advantage Of Warm January Weathe
ATS Custom Application Team & Customers Take Advantage of Warm January Weather January 16, 2012 at 12:00 am Mark Kastenholz Superintendant of the Tipton Municipal Golf Course fought through five floods in 2011.  The standing water left by the floods created large areas of thin and damaged turf to his fairways that required extensive reseeding. […]
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Spring Renovation For Baseball And Softball Fields
March 04, 2012 at 11:59 pm March Madness is upon us.  For J&D Turf, this does not relate to basketball, but to getting all the baseball and softball fields ready for spring play.   So, I wanted to share a couple of photos from Covenant Christian as many of the tasks for getting a field ready […]
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Excellent Review Of Turf Insects And Controls Excellent Review Of Turf Insects And Controls
April 01, 2012 at 11:00 pm I came across this article (link below) on TurfMagazine.com and thought it was an excellent review of turf insects and controls we need to consider for the upcoming season. Grubs, Billbugs and Chinch Bugs by David Shetaler, Ph.D. For those of us that live in Ohio we probably know […]
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Spring Order Preparations Spring Order Preparations
March 04, 2013 at 8:54 am It’s early March and there is not much sign that spring is right around the corner. Fortunately, in talking with our sales force and to customers as well, I think it is going to be a good spring for our industry. In spite of what our elected officials in Washington […]
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A Crown No One Would Wear
March 16, 2015 at 6:48 am Beware of crown hydration of bent grass and, especially, Poa Annua. After all the snow melts, it is the time of the year that severe losses of turf can occur due to a condition called crown hydration. This normally occurs on greens and shorter cut turf on semi-frozen soils. […]
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Take The Guess Work Out Of Aeration
September 03, 2012 at 3:00 am With fall approaching, most turf managers understand the value of core aerification.  However, just because we aerify, it does not mean we all receive similar results.  Tine size and spacing directly influence the amount of surface area that is aerified.  If you were to ask how much surface area […]
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