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5 Best Practices For Golf Course Aerification
August 11, 2016 at 8:45 pm Aerification can be disruptive and inconvenient for golfers, but it is an important process for turf health and performance. It is chiefly important for reducing soil compaction and thatch build-up. Soil compaction hinders oxygen movement into the root zone and the percolation of water. It can also hinder the […]
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Using Growing Degree Days For Application Timing
April 18, 2016 at 7:45 am Timing is everything, and even George Carlin had a six minute bit for it. Timing and planning go hand-in-hand for the crucial applications turf managers make throughout the season. So much of what we do is dictated by what the soil or air temperatures are for any given time. […]
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GCSAA Education Points 2016 Winter Education Meetings
January 06, 2016 at 9:02 am This is the time when Advanced Turf Solutions offers a series of educational seminars for our golf course and lawn and landscape customers. These seminars are presented to you as a continuing effort to present new ideas, technologies, and products that can increase your efficiency and provide new revenue […]
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Foliar Pak Announces New Product Mks Turbo Foliar Pak Announces New Product Mks Turbo
August 27, 2014 at 3:00 am Category: Product News Advanced Turf Solutions is excited to introduce the newest product in the Foliar-Pak lineup.  Foliar-Pak MKS Turbo is a proprietary formulation built on a patented technology that allows the magnesium, potassium, and sulfate molecules to remain available to the turf and not be tied up by […]
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Indianapolis Shows Its Class
February 03, 2012 at 1:29 pm It is with a sense of pride I look forward to this weekend’s Super Bowl. Being a lifelong Hoosier there have been times when I have felt Indianapolis was slighted on the national or international scene. The preparation and implementation by the Super Bowl committee and its many volunteers […]
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Founding Partner Of Advanced Turf Solutions Dan Dunham Retires After 42 Yea
September 22, 2014 at 3:00 am “Retirement reminds me of when I went off to college,” Dan says. “I was looking forward to it, the freedom and moving on, but leaving my family was hard.” Dan thinks of his friends in the turf industry as part of his family, so naturally he will miss seeing […]
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Bermuda And Bluegrass Is This A Viable Option
October 20, 2014 at 3:00 am A few weeks ago I gave an account of winterkill in bermudagrass that plagued the transition zone. For some of us, especially for low budget turf venues, the challenge still continues in establishing bermuda back to 100%. If we have another winter like the last, some turf mangers may […]
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July Employee Spotlight
July 15, 2015 at 10:23 am Mark Twain described experience by saying, “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” This month’s employee spotlight features two gentlemen that have accumulated 88 years of experience working on or with golf courses. To put this into a […]
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Annual Bluegrass Weevil
April 19, 2012 at 7:54 am The mild winter and early spring should allow for a higher than normal ABW population in 2012.  We have been monitoring these pests as they slowly advance west, across Ohio, during the last several years. For those of you that have not had to combat their destructive behavior yet, […]
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Coin Spring Dmi Application Programs
March 23, 2015 at 1:15 pm During my travels in Central and Southwest Ohio the last few weeks, I have noticed the sprayers are out on golf courses for the first time this year. It reminded me that the time is near to begin applications for the control of diseases, like summer patch, anthracnose, and […]
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Preparing Your Athletic Fields For Winter
October 15, 2012 at 3:00 am In the northern regions of the country, we are always getting ready for some season.  Whether it is putting patio furniture away or getting our cars checked out for winter, we have to prepare for the upcoming season.  Well, your athletic field is no different.  We need to prepare […]
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Check Your Calibration Check Your Calibration
April 28, 2014 at 2:59 am As a reminder, don’t forget to calibrate your sprayers this spring as we head into our broadleaf weed control spraying season. In my travels last year, I was amazed to see how many performance issues I addressed that were, in fact, due to calibration issues once investigated. In our […]
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Foliar Fertility Strategies Foliar Fertility Strategies
June 10, 2013 at 3:00 am Each year presents its own unique weather challenges. This spring many dealt with excessive rains and prolonged periods of excessive soil moisture. From a turfgrass management perspective, these spring weather conditions result in difficulties maintaining adequate rooting and carbohydrate reserves. Extended periods of anaerobic soil conditions may cause limited […]
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gentleman applying top dressing on baseball field Don’t Make These Mistakes While Using Topdressing On Athletic Fields
Mistakes can happen when using topdressing. We address a few of them here to save you time and worry.
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New Holganix Product Features Foliar Paks Armament Technology
March 24, 2016 at 10:12 am Category: Product News We are excited to announce a new product from Holganix. PB1 is a synergistic blend of Holganix-infused components, including a high concentration of 8 species of beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizae, enhanced with Foliar-Pak’s Armament technology. Holganix PB1 also contains other soil amending ingredients, like black strap […]
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2016 March Employee Spotlight1
March 30, 2016 at 11:31 am It’s springtime and that means our industry is very busy. Our employees are ready, and that includes the two employees featured in the March Spotlight. Bridget Bergey is an expert in plant pathology with experience in the warehousing and landscape side of our business. Bill Dunham is experienced in […]
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Late Season Enhancement
November 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm As the growing season nears an end, lower sunlight and temperatures will result in reduced plant activity. Help your turf maximize photosynthesis and improve carbohydrate storage with Foliar-Pak L-18 Activatorand Foliar-Pak 1-0-15. They provide valuable L-amino acids for the plant to convert into proteins and enzymes, which drive important […]
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Information Regarding The Stop Sale Of Armortech Alt 70 Information Regarding The Stop Sale Of Armortech Alt 70
June 12, 2015 at 2:39 pm Category: Product News On June 5, 2015 Tim Zech, President of the United Turf Alliance, issued a voluntary stop-sale of ArmorTech ALT 70 fungicide after reports of turfgrass damage in the Northeast. ArmorTech ALT 70 is manufactured by Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. (TKI) for the United Turf Alliance. The United […]
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Pesticide Application Record Calibration Worksheet Free Fillable Pdf Downlo
Pesticide Application Record & Calibration Worksheet – Free Fillable PDF Downloads April 13, 2016 at 10:24 am Commercial pesticide applicators should maintain complete and accurate records of each application. Not only is recordkeeping required by law, it is also a valuable tool for evaluating your program and making budget and planning decisions. If you’re currently […]
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Premium Seed And New Technology Premium Seed And New Technology
August 11, 2016 at 8:18 pm 2016 has been a hot, wet and dry year throughout the ATS geography. The one common theme turf managers have shared throughout these varying weather conditions: it’s been challenging! Mid-August and September are the best times to seed weak and thin areas. ATS stocks the best seed and grow-in […]
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Blue Muda In The Transition Zone
April 06, 2016 at 3:00 pm Transition zone: No grass is always best; weather threatens survival most years. Management skills keep getting better, while warm and cool season grasses keep getting better, often causing consultants to be wishy-washy and flip-floppy when selecting grasses for transition zone venues. Perfection is the expectation, regardless of traffic, weather, or cost […]
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Winter Education Meetings Winter Education Meetings
January 14, 2015 at 3:00 am After an early false start, it appears that winter is finally here.  It is time to reflect on the past year and take advantage of education opportunities to fine tune your program for next season.  Advanced Turf Solutions is again offering a series of turf and ornamental, as well […]
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Salt Update Things Are Looking A Bit Salty Salt Update Things Are Looking A Bit Salty
August 15, 2014 at 3:00 am Category: Product News If you have been talking to bulk salt suppliers, you probably know by now that things are looking uncertain. There is a projected bulk salt shortage in the United States of 3 to 6 million tons, depending on who you ask. To compound the shortage issue, […]
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New Years Resolution For The Turf Manager Stress Management New Years Resolution For The Turf Manager Stress Management
New Year’s Resolution for the Turf Manager: *Stress Management* December 31, 2011 at 11:59 pm Now that we have all survived another year, it’s hard not to look back on the last year and reflect a little.  And for those of you who are turf managers, that reflection on 2011 will probably take place with […]
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grassland Precision Labs Launches Two New Wetting Agents
September 15, 2014 at 3:00 am This year Precision introduced two new soil wetting agents, Vivax and Alypso. Both are new chemistries in the turf market. Vivax is the only wetting agent containing four active ingredients – two hydration ingredients and two infiltration ingredients. Vivax has been researched at Universities for four years and has […]
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Sonnet Sonnet Not Your Fathers Biofungicide
May 07, 2012 at 3:00 am Anyone who manages turf understands the need to become more environmentally friendly.  Golfers associate the sprayer with danger, regardless of what’s in the tank.  Over the last several years the EPA has reduced rates on several products and eliminated others entirely.  If you look to agriculture it’s clear the […]
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Acervuli on leaf Anthracnose On Putting Greens
July 13, 2015 at 8:00 am The rainy, wet weather we have been experiencing over the last several weeks has caused a plethora of problems for everyone in the golf industry. It’s been a challenge to complete routine mowing tasks and general course maintenance. Fortunately, the temperatures have been cool, which has kept disease pressure […]
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dry stressed turf All Four Seasons In One Month
April 16, 2012 at 3:00 am As a superintendent you have a lot to get ready for spring. Worrying about keeping your greens wet is not one of the things you should have to worry about in March/April. We all have heard of an Indian summer, well we had one and it came in March. […]
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Golf Camp Foliar Pak Spring Performance Program
March 17, 2015 at 9:26 am In the northern and transition zones, the spring season signals the renewal of activity to human and plant life around us. The fluctuating nature of spring weather teases us, and our turf. As turf waits on consistently warmer temperatures, it sometimes seems to sit stagnant. During these early spring […]
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Dont Forget To Water Your Dirt Dont Forget To Water Your Dirt
July 08, 2013 at 3:00 am In most areas, spring baseball is winding down.  That can only mean on thing; summer and fall baseball will be starting up soon.  When preparing those fields during these summer months, water will be your number one tool. If the infield is not watered properly it can become very […]
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Winter A Bermuda Winter
April 21, 2014 at 3:00 am Spring may be here, but for anyone growing bermudagrass, winter is still lingering around and its effects have yet to be determined. Winterkill seems to be what’s on every Bermuda grower’s mind right now. How bad? How much? When will it start to green up? Unfortunately there is no […]
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Field of the Year: How ATS Helped theFort Wayne TinCaps Hit a Home Run
Parkview Field is home to the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Beyond its brick archways at the gate lies the field with straight baselines shooting out from home plate and carpeted by lush green turf contrasted by the red clay boundaries.
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Quick Spring Ready Checklist For Fields Of All Levels
Winter is quickly ending and it’s time to get your sports field ready for play in the spring. Here are 4 quick tips to check-off for spring play.
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Rolling Infields To Improve Playability
The most important responsibility of an athletic field manager is to provide the safest and most playable field possible.  One of the tools to help achieve this goal is mechanical rolling.  This can be done on both the infield and outfield areas of the field. The question many ask is, why? With respect to turf […]
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Summer Decline Affecting Bent And Bluegrass Greens And Fairways
Summer decline can be a major problem on putting greens during summer months, affecting both bentgrass and bluegrass.
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Morgans Blog Pic Are Your Collars Choking Your Greens?
For decades, we have been topdressing and adding sand through aerification practices to golf greens. These practices, for the most part, have had an excellent impact on the overall playability of putting surfaces. For instance, smooth putting greens can be created from these practices. However, there are a few drawbacks for greens. As excess sand is brought […]
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2017 Advanced Turf Solutions Wall Calendar 30 60 90
Write down your 30-60-90 day plan, and look at it every day.
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Put Your Lawn To Bed In 4 Easy Steps
November 03, 2014 at 3:00 am The days are getting shorter, the nights longer and the temperatures are falling. Before we know it the ground will be covered with a blanket of white and our lawn care season will be done. If you want healthy turf next spring, a few things should be done to […]
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Don’t Forget To Treat For Snow Mold This Fall
It does not seem possible, however, we are almost at the time of year for preventative snow mold applications. With the weather we had last year, this will be more important than ever this winter. This photo was taken earlier this spring of an untreated fairway. This Northern Indiana golf course had no prior history […]
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collage of different types of weeds The Fall Broadleaf Herbicide Application
The calendar has rolled around to fall. Whatever services you provide, you are probably involved in all of them now – fertilization, aeration, seeding, landscape installation, and the list goes on. I hope broadleaf weed control is also on your list this fall, particularly addressing perennial broadleaf weeds and winter annuals. There is no better […]
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