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Localized Dry Spot on grass Top 7 Reasons for Late Fall Soil Surfactant Applications
Soon after the summer stress periods end, most turfgrass managers stop soil surfactant applications on fine turfgrass areas. However, there are many reasons to make a soil surfactant application in the late fall before the ground freezes. Here are 7 of the top reasons.
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Controlling Broadleaf Weeds in the Fall
The golf season is winding down and now fall is here. This time of year presents many busy days of course preparation for the upcoming winter season. Besides the usual tasks and projects at this time of year, controlling broadleaf weeds should be at the top of the list.
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grass seed pile against white Dormant Seeding vs. Spring Seeding
If you were not able to get all your seed jobs completed, we now need to weigh the option of dormant seeding. Keep in mind that the seeds won't germinate until the soil warms in the coming spring. Generally, you want soil temps 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Assuming snow is not on the ground, one could continue through the winter.
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5 Tips to Put Your Cool Season Lawn to Bed
Cold weather can be challenging for your lawn, with frost, snow, and ice taking a toll on its health and appearance. But fear not, because I'll dive into the essential tips and tricks for prepping your lawn for winter. From protective measures to boost your lawn's resilience to strategies for ensuring a lush, green return when spring arrives, we've got you covered.
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Hairy Bittercress Mastering Winter Annual Broadleaf Weed Control: Water Testing and Increasing Spray Coverage with Adjuvants
Winter annual broadleaf weeds like hairy bittercress, black medic, and speedwell are already here and taking hold in the newly formed thin areas and bare spots left behind after a challenging summer. Water testing, increasing spray coverage, and using adjuvants, especially when making low-volume applications out of ride-on spreader-sprayer units, will achieve this.
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New Products Recently Added Products: Late Summer – Fall 2023
Advanced Turf Solutions added seven products in the third quarter of 2023. Keep reading to find out what’s new.
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Preparing Your Golf Course for Winter
Currently, in a good portion of our ATS regions, the leaves are changing colors and falling. Cooler temperatures have arrived, and the days are getting shorter. A sure sign old man winter will be arriving soon. With this comes the closing of the 2023 golf season, and golf course superintendents will soon be strategizing and executing winter preparation plans for their golf courses. As these plans commence, the focus will be on fall fertilization, leaf cleanup, irrigation winterization, and making final snow mold applications, to name a few.
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golf greens with red flag and dusting of snow Winter Greens Health in the Transition Zone
Winter greens health in the transition zone has become a hot-button topic over the last few years. We’re finding that our approach can make all the difference.
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Processes to Make Early Order More Manageable and Profitable
As of October 1, there are at least 13 different manufacturer early order programs. That doesn’t include separate programs offered by distributors like Advanced Turf Solutions. Is your head starting to hurt and your stomach getting twisted in a knot trying to keep track of it all? It is a lot to process and digest, so I thought we’d take a few moments to discuss ways to make the process more manageable and profitable.
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leaves on the grass with sun shining on them Why Late Fall Fertilization is Key to Spring Success
Late fall fertilization has been promoted as a way to extend the color and health of cool-season grasses into early winter. This practice yields several benefits in the following growing season, including earlier spring green-up, improved turf density, increased tolerance to spring diseases, and fewer weeds.
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Crisp-Edges on baseball field Fall Infield Edging
Fall ends most baseball and softball seasons, but not infield maintenance. One maintenance practice that should be taken care of in the fall (and regularly throughout the season) is infield edging.
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Colorants, Pigments, and Dye
Colorants, pigments, and dyes are being used more than ever before as research comes out yearly. Each category has a specific use around the course, but all of them can be tank-mixed with fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and wetting agents to resist the fading effects of UV sunlight on the products you use.
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Aeration Maximizing Your Lawn’s Potential – Fall is the best time for Aeration, Overseeding, and Fertilization!
Fall is in the air and it is the best time for aeration and overseeding. Whether you have already done a total kill and are planning on renovating, or you will be doing an aeration and overseed, there are several key points to remember.
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Another Day Another Dollar Dollar Spot Management in the Fall
Depending on conditions, dollar spot can be an issue all season long for Superintendents. One of the most critical times to watch out for dollar spot is the fall. If dollar spot issues linger in the fall and are not addressed, problems will most certainly pop up in the spring. 
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Zoysiagrass Fall and Winter Poa annua Control in Zoysia
Turf managers across most of the country have fought the battle with Poa annua long and hard for many years. Poa easily infests all areas of the golf course. This blog will discuss control measures used in zoysiagrass, particularly strategies we use in the fall and winter for Poa control on zoysia. For years, many […]
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spots of gray snow mold on grass Best Practices for Your Snow Mold Spray
It seems odd to start talking about snow mold now, but in the northern regions of the Midwest, it’s a topic that needs to be discussed sooner rather than later.
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New Grass Seeding Preparation: Less is More
Preparation is vital to a successful lawn seeding project, but remember that less can often be more when it comes to soil work.
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Managing Lawns with Heavy Clay
As a lawn care operator dealing with clients who have heavy clay lawns, it's crucial to provide expert advice and services to help them achieve a healthy and thriving lawn. Here are some things to discuss with your customers for handling clay-heavy properties.
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Poa Annua Seedhead Suppression + Snow Mold Control on turf How to Make Your Fall Proxy Application Successful
Proxy applications are essential to Poa Annua seedhead suppression. With the fall Proxy application timeframe nearing, here is what you need to know to make it as successful as possible.
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Bermudagrass Field Fall Bermudagrass Strategies
Fall fertility is one step in putting the field to bed properly. Hopefully, a soil test is part of your routine. You want to ensure that your soil’s P, K, and pH levels are sufficient. Ensuring that your soil and plant have adequate potash (K) before it enters dormancy is particularly beneficial. Potassium has been […]
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Fall Broadleaf Weed Control Strategy
Strategizing for your fall broadleaf herbicide applications can minimize or even prevent next year’s weed problems.
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Summer Recovery Without Excess Fertilization
Late summer and early fall can be a difficult time of year to properly dial in fertilization applications.
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Golf Course in the Autumn Fall Disease Cleanup
Fall cleaning on the golf course includes fungicide applications to control diseases before the end of the season. With the proper treatments, you can set yourself up for a clean slate come spring. Here are five diseases to pay attention to this fall.
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Virginia Buttonweed Identification and Control
As lawn care professionals, we know the importance of maintaining a healthy and beautiful lawn. Unfortunately, one of the most common and persistent weeds we encounter is Virginia buttonweed.
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Wetting Agents for Every Situation
This year has been the tale of two golf seasons here in Michigan. We started out hot with extreme droughty conditions. Around the Fourth of July, the faucet turned on, and we have dealt with saturated soil conditions and high humidity.
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Customer Story: Justin Hudson
Justin Hudson may have never expected a career in the turfgrass industry, but now he can’t imagine anything else. “I just went to turf school because a buddy of mine was going and ended up liking it and kind of stuck with it,” he said. “I've been doing it about 20 years.”
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Dandelion on soccer field Tips for a Successful Fall Broadleaf Weed Strategy
A fall broadleaf weed control strategy is an important piece in a sports turf playing surface maintenance program.
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Growing Grass in the Shade
Every year I get asked by customers for recommendations on how to get grass to grow in the shade in residential lawns. My first and foremost recommendation is a chainsaw. Grass and trees are enemies, and some areas are so shady that it will be almost impossible to maintain a grass stand, especially under evergreen […]
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Turf’s Up Radio: ProVista Technology
In this podcast episode, Beth Berry and Christian Baldwin discuss a new technology from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company: ProVista.
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Turf’s Up Radio: T&O Herbicide Strategy
In this podcast episode, Beth Berry interviews Aaron Hathaway, technical services manager at Nufarm.
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Lawn Maintenance Between Service Visits
Lawn care applicators have had some tough times in the past few years. They have faced high fertilizer, chemical, and seed prices, extreme weather patterns, and labor shortages. With these challenges, how can homeowners or commercial businesses help the typical lawn care operator trying to do the best job possible for their property?
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Establishing a Warm-Season Field in Cooler Summer Temperatures
With much of the South experiencing an unseasonably cool summer this year, field managers have had to adapt their turfgrass maintenance programs accordingly.
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Athletic Field Fall Seeding Schedule
As we prepare for another fall sports season full of practices and games, now is the time to plan your fall seeding projects.
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Summer Stress Battle Summer Stress with Advanced Turf
As we charge forward into some of the toughest months for golf course management, DEFENSE becomes the name of the game. We offer some great options to help battle these harsh conditions.
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Dallisgrass seedheads Dallisgrass Identification and Control
Hailing from South America, dallisgrass has become a challenge for both homeowners and lawn care operators.
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Summer Localized Dry Spot
Localized dry spots become more of a problem in the summer heat and stress.
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Topdressing Warm-Season Turf
Topdressing is the act of applying a layer of sand (as thin or thick as can be applied with the correct growing conditions) to a turfgrass stand and brushing, grooming, or irrigating it into the canopy. The purpose of topdressing serves three main goals, as described below.
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Poa Trivialis Identification and Control
Poa trivialis is a perennial cool-season grass that’s typically considered a weed. It can resemble patch diseases in lawns, making it difficult to identify and control. This blog post will address these issues.
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three pieces of Crabgrass Crabgrass Growth Cycle Identification and Control
Everywhere you look, crabgrass is out and at different stages of its growth cycle.
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soccer goal_wear Tips for Maintaining High-Traffic Turfgrass Areas
Maintaining high-traffic turfgrass areas, such as sports fields, golf courses, and recreational parks, can be a challenging task. These areas are subject to heavy foot and/or machine traffic, which can result in soil compaction, wear and tear, and overall decline in turf health. However, with proper care and management, it is possible to maintain lush, resilient turfgrass that can withstand intense usage and continue to provide a safe and visually appealing surface.
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