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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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ProVista Kentucky Bluegrass Cuts Mowing Requirement in Half
ProVista Kentucky bluegrass are new cultivars that have been bred with two novel traits: half the mowing requirement and complete weed control.
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Advanced Turf Solutions and Valley Green Become Exclusive Distributor Partners for ProVista Kentucky Bluegrass
We are pleased to become the exclusive distributor of ProVista Kentucky Bluegrass from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.
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Kentucky Bluegrass Lawn Grass Digital Landscape Photography Audio Blog: TTTF, PR, and KBG
In this comprehensive blog post, we’ll look at three popular turfgrass species.
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Four Fungal Lawn Diseases
Brown patch, summer patch, red thread, and dollar spot are four not-so-fun fungal diseases that infect home lawns. Learn how to identify each and keep them under control with proper cultural practices.
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Suburban Lawn during drought Summer Dormancy FAQs
If you have questions about summer dormancy in lawns, you’re not alone. Keep reading to find answers to some frequently asked questions about summer dormancy.
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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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Sustainable Turfgrass Solutions from Pure Seed
Sustainable Turfgrass Solutions from PURE SEED
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Post-Emergent Crabgrass and Goosegrass Control
This time of year, many golf courses become home to some unwanted visitors: crabgrass and goosegrass. Both are annual weeds that germinate in the spring and thrive in the heat of summer. They do best in sparse turfgrass that is mowed short, which is why greens are especially susceptible. The weeds find plenty of room to grow and soak up the sun in this close-mown turf. 
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We Believe in Better Turf
Experienced turfgrass managers know that "growing grass" ends up being a small part of their job. Managing people and budgets and the politics of their positions consume far more of their time than actual turfgrass management. With all the distractions, it’s easy to forget some of those simple practices that can have a big long-term impact on turfgrass performance.
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2023 Seed Market Update
This year’s seed update is a little different from the past few.
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Wetting Agents to Aid Water Management
Not many of us would have imagined the drought conditions across the state of Michigan recently. With many of us receiving plenty of rainfall this week, we finally have a minute to catch our breath and refocus on how we plan to make it through the remaining “drier months of summer.” 
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New Products Recently Added Products: Summer 2023
Advanced Turf Solutions added seven new products in the second quarter of 2023. Keep reading to find out what’s new.
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Dollarweed Doveweed and Dollarweed Control
Despite their pleasant-sounding names, doveweed and dollarweed can be real pests in warm-season lawns. This blog post will explain how to identify and control them both with pre- and post-emergent solutions.
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Grubs: Plan Your Attack
Grubs are relentless but relatively easy to control if you take certain considerations before determining the application product and method.
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house with lawn and garden Common Summer Lawn Care Mistakes
Are you guilty of making these two common mistakes when treating lawns in the summer?
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Asian Tiger Mosquito Audio Blog: Common Mosquitoes and Control Methods
Mosquito control is a valuable service to consider adding to your lawn care offerings. This blog post will discuss the main disease-carrying mosquitoes in the United States and some effective methods to control them.
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Improve Water Management With Matador
Water management on golf courses is more than simply budgeting your water use for the year.
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golf ball Managing Cool-Season Turf During Summer Stress
As we move into the heart of the summer, we need to be mindful of how we can better prepare ourselves to battle the stresses the summertime temperatures can bring.
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Nikki Hendrickson Receives 2023 Women in the Green Industry Award
Green Industry Pros recently honored Nikki Hendrickson as one of the winners of the 2023 Women In The Green Industry Award. Nikki Hendrickson is a sales representative at Advanced Turf Solutions. 
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Keep a Look Out for the Second Generation of Sod Webworms
Sod webworms are the larvae of “lawn moths” that eat grass blades at night and live in silk-lined tubes or “webs” in the thatch and soil layers. The first generation of sod webworm generally emerges in mid-May to early June. The grass is healthy and growing fast at that time, allowing it to grow out […]
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goosegrass Post-Emergent Control of Crabgrass and Goosegrass
It’s not too late to get a crabgrass or goosegrass invasion under control. With this arsenal of post-emergent herbicides, you can reclaim any lawn from the summer weeds that infest it.
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close up of pythium lawn Minimize Pythium and Damping-Off With XCD
Pythium is a devastating disease that progresses rapidly and often causes damping-off in turfgrass seedlings, especially in the summer. Pythium thrives when nighttime temperatures and relative humidity add up to at least 150. This is one reason why we discourage installing lawns in the summer, but sometimes a summer lawn installation project is unavoidable. 
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Nutsedge_bumpercrop Yellow Nutsedge and Kyllinga Control
Yellow nutsedge and kyllinga are two weeds that are sometimes confused with each other. Keep reading to learn the similarities and differences of the two, as well as how to control them both.
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Creeping shadows approach golf green Soil Surfactants for Improved Turf Quality
With spring finally giving way to summer heat and drought conditions appearing across much of the Midwest, pump stations, wells, and irrigation systems are being pushed to their limits as water shortages start to occur.
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Green lawn with fresh grass as background Enhance Turf Health and Resilience With Nature Safe Fertilizers
Between the December freeze and the ongoing drought since the fall of 2022, we’ve observed immense stress on plants, leaving them weakened and vulnerable.
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Poison hemlock Audio Blog: Poison Hemlock or Queen Anne’s Lace? How to Tell
You may have heard about poison hemlock in the news recently, as it’s making headlines for its aggressive growth in the United States this year. The invasive plant is spreading throughout the country, and with it, concerns about the severe risks it poses.
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shovel in bucket on infield Infield Testing 101
Infield testing is an important part of field management. Understanding infield test results allows you to adjust the composition of your field accordingly. In this blog post, we’ll explain the basics of collecting a sample for testing and interpreting the sand, silt, clay, and gravel content results.
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Boxwood winter injury Summer Ornamental Issues
The biggest issue that has been affecting our landscapes this year is from the winter, which most feel we never had! 
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multiple ant mounds in the grass Stop Ant Mounds From Disrupting Mowing/Play on Putting Greens & Golf Tee Boxes
There’s nothing worse than walking into a mess first thing in the morning on your course and, if you discover ant mounds on your greens and/or tee boxes, a mess is what you will have.
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golf course Summer Greens Management
From heat and drought to traffic stress, summer is hard on golf course greens. To help, we’ve put together some recommendations for cultural practices and products that support summer greens management.
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nutsedge Yellow Nutsedge Q&A with Nufarm
We asked Aaron Hathaway, Nufarm Technical Services Manager, a few questions about yellow nutsedge. Learn when the weed begins to appear, how to identify it, what conditions create a perfect environment for it, challenges we face when trying to manage it, and how to effectively control it.
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Save the Date:
2023–2024 Education
Grow Together is one of our core values at Advanced Turf Solutions. That's why we offer FREE education events to support green industry professionals throughout our territory.
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Sunset view of a large, well maintained large garden seen in ear Protecting Lawns From Heat Stress
As temperatures rise, so does the threat of heat stress. Turfgrass in lawns and residential properties are at risk of damage from high temperatures and the often low rainfall accompanying them. Managing heat stress involves both cultural practices and products to help, both of which we’ll discuss in this blog post.
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Zoysiagrass Summer Zoysiagrass Fairway Management
In the transition zone, the warm summer months are ideal for growing warm-season zoysiagrass on fairways. Zoysia will thrive in the summer heat and has relatively few pests compared to cool-season grasses. However, several key management practices and product applications should be done to make it shine.
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pos terminal with long cash register tape on blue background. shopping theme The Business of Lawn Care: Billing and Payment Options
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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Kentucky Bluegrass Lawn Grass Digital Landscape Photography Kentucky Bluegrass
Perhaps the best-known turfgrass species, Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis) is popular for lawns, golf courses, and sports fields.
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Viburnum aphids Viburnum Aphid Control
Aphids are a well-known pest among vegetable gardeners, but did you know they can also damage ornamental plants?
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