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Prepare Your Facility for Winter
We all know that it’s important to winterize our irrigation systems in preparation for a cold winter, but did you know that there are other items at your facility that may need to be winterized too?
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Football Field Day-to-Day Maintenance
Is your field ready for football season? Follow this checklist to make sure your field is in prime shape from the first game to the last.
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It’s Never Too Early to Start Saving for the Future
It's never to early to start thinking about saving and investing for the future. Find out how you can start today.
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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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sprayer_calibration How to Correctly Calibrate Your Sprayer
In this video, Mark Sybouts, Advanced Turf Solutions Sales and Product Development Manager, explains how to calibrate your sprayer (math included), while also discussing how to find the right rate for the way your machine is calibrated and what to inspect before starting calibration.
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The State of Freight: And How It May Affect You
The first 7 months of 2018 have seen the most dynamic freight market in recent history. In this post, we would like to explain what's going on in the market and how it may affect you.
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The Unique Features of Linemark Machines
Although there are many field painters and paints on the market today, Linemark machines have many unique features that make it easy-to-use.
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Employee Spotlight: Dan Jennings and Brent Amann
Meet Dan Jennings and Brent Amann, the newest sports turf sales representatives, in our latest employee spotlight.
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What You Need to Know About Rotary Spreaders
Rotary spreaders are a very efficient way to spread fertilizer on your field. With late summer fertilizer applications nearing, let’s make sure to avoid mistakes by reviewing these rotary spreader basics.
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Soil Compaction: Symptoms, Problems, and Best Practices
Soil compaction is a concern on nearly all maintained turf, including golf course greens, tees and fairways, sports fields, and heavily trafficked areas in public or residential areas. Compaction occurs as soil particles press together tightly, and soil structure and available pore space for air and water are reduced.
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Employee Spotlight: Keith Blondell
Meet Keith Blondell- a driver for our Elk Grove Village, Illinois, location and avid kayak fisherman in our latest employee spotlight.
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Guide to In-Season Field Maintenance
Pre-game, post-game, and before and after practice, there are many tasks to keep your field in great shape all season long. Keep it all straight with this handy guide.
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Athletic Field Irrigation Startup Checklist and Best Practices
Find out how to get your irrigation system ready for the season with this startup checklist and best practices.
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Does your mound need to be repaired? Follow these steps to make sure your mound is repaired correctly. The Step-by-Step Guide to Mound Repair
Does your mound need to be repaired? Follow these steps to make sure your mound is repaired correctly.
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Life at Advanced Turf: How We Maintain Our Small Company Feel
With 20 locations and a presence in 10 states, we may seem like a large company, but we pride ourselves in preserving the small company feel that we had when we first started in 2001.
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Crisp-Edges How to Edge Infields and Warning Tracks
Several goals can be accomplished by the basic task of edging an infield. Two categories encompass edging an infield: in-season and pre/post-season.
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Smart Turf: How to Add Infield Mix
Jamie Mehringer, VP of Sports Turf at Advanced Turf Solutions, explains how to properly add infield mix to an infield in easy to follow steps.
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Smart Start Program Smart Start Program
There are so many components to achieving an aesthetically pleasing, safe, and predictable playing surface that you might be asking yourself, “Where should I even start?” Advanced Turf Solutions’s Smart START Program is your answer. Smart START, which stands for Site Visit, Testing, Analysis, Recommendations, and Training, is the concept of using science-based testing to make the most accurate recommendations for your athletic fields.
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Rolling Infield Rolling Athletic Fields True or False
Here are some true and false scenarios to help make understanding mechanical rolling an easy check-off this season.
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Guidelines 15 Guidelines to Always Remember When Maintaining Your Field
There are some things you should always remember to do when maintaining your sports field. Here are a few reminders for the future (in collaboration with J&D Turf).
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Choosing a Career in Turf
If you are considering a career in the turf industry, there may be more options than you think.
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winterkill Cold Weather, Winterkill, and Athletic Fields
Winterkill is a general term used to denote turf loss during the winter. Unfortunately, winter conditions are not easy to predict and winterkill on turf is caused by a combination of factors including low temperatures, crown hydration, desiccation and ice cover.
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Off Season Checklist Soccer Stay Busy This Off-Season with These Tips
As things slow outside, here are several things to keep busy this winter.
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Customer Spotlight: Megan VanArsdale and Boyle County Schools
fter ending a 15-year career as a golf course superintendent and assistant and thinking her aerifying days were over, Megan VanArsdale accepted a newly created position as the grounds director for Boyle County Schools and was pulled right back in.
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Advanced Turf Solutions Welcomes Four New Sales Representatives
We have recently added four new sales representatives to our team in the lawn and landscape, golf, and sports turf markets.
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Our Hilliard, Ohio Location Has Moved!
We have outgrown our space in Hilliard, Ohio, and are constructing a new building. In the meantime, we have relocated to an interim warehouse to better serve your needs.
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soil test Planning for Healthy Sports Turf in 2018 Starts Now
Each season starts with a plan but without proper information, what is the basis for that plan? Late fall and early winter are the optimum times for soil sampling. Sampling this time of year allows sports turf managers to prepare a fertility plan for the upcoming season. It is important to know what is available to the plant in the soil, so you know how much and what to apply to provide healthy and happy turf.
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Bluemuda Field The Benefits of Bluemuda on Athletic Fields
Bluemuda is a concept of growing warm and cool season grasses together, year-round in the transition zone.
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Linemark iGo How to Winterize your Linemark iGo Machine
Get your Linemark iGO machine ready for the winter with these simple steps.
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Preparing Your Turf for Winter Dormancy
Despite difficult weather, you can still prepare your turf for winter with these tips.
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aerification Aerification for Sports Turf
Fall is approaching quickly and with it, aerification. Aerification is chiefly important for stopping soil compaction. Soil compaction can hinder or avert oxygen movement into the root zone and the percolation of water. It can also hinder the addition of better mediums and nutrients into the soil profile. All of these issues will, in turn, […]
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Join These Organizations to Know What’s Going on in the Industry Join These Organizations to Know What’s Going on in the Industry
To know “what is going on in the industry,” volunteer at these organizations, especially the younger generation! See firsthand how you can make a difference! Below is a list of a few of the organizations in the Midwest. Be sure to search online or ask your colleagues about additional organizations for your profession.
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Stuart Cagle and Jamie Mehringer Receive the 2017 MRTF’s Award of Achievement
We are proud to announce that two of our very own, Stuart Cagle and Jamie Mehringer, were among the recipients of the 2017 Midwest Regional Turf Foundation’s Award of Achievement. The Midwest Regional Turf Foundation is an organization that supports turf research and education at Purdue University for the advancement of the turfgrass industry. Each year since […]
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selecting seed Factors You SHOULD Consider When Selecting Turfgrass Species for a New Seeding
There are many factors that SHOULD be considered when selecting a turfgrass species for a new seeding. Here is a comprehensive list of factors to consider:
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seeding Seeding 101: The Basics of a Successful Seeding
Getting Mother Nature’s help would greatly aid our endeavors, but alas, we all know we can’t totally rely on Mother Nature to get the job done right every time. However, there are several things WE can do to increase the chances for a successful seeding.
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fall rooting program Use Calcium, Phosphorus and Potassium to Build Roots with the Foliar-Pak Fall Rooting Program
When planning for fall fertility, you should think, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and roots.
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Foliar-Pak Winter Preparation Program: Fall Foliar
As summer draws to the end and the days grow shorter it is important to turn attention to preparing your turfgrass for cold weather.
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Watch Out for These Insects This Fall
The number of insects wreaking havoc this time of year is decreasing, especially on ornamentals. However, there are some insects still active.
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grub damage Is There Another Reason Your Field or Lawn Doesn’t Want to Recover?
As we wind down another summer, we begin to see how much of our turf damage is related to the summer weather, and that which leaves us looking for another explanation. Cooler days and nights will provide our landscapes with some much-needed relief and recovery; however, most of us will experience some turf that continues to look like mid-August.
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overseeding What to Do After Overseeding
Areas of your playing surface may start to thin as the turf receives traffic. Overseeding will help these thin areas fill back in to maintain 100% cover. Here are a few tips to ensure the overseeding process is successful during and after.
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