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    Cost of a lawn in Thailand

    I have tried to grow grass from seed, this proved expensive and poor results. What seed should I use or is it cheaper to have the lawn coverd with turf.

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    I don't think you can buy grass seed here.

    Two types of turf commonly sold is Yah Malay and Yah Japan.

    Yah Jaban is narrow bladed and resembles most the grass you buy in the west. It needs direct sunlight.

    Yah Malay is a bit more expensive, has courser blades and will grow in the shade. It puts out shoots with more than one blade on it. A bit like a creeper.

    Price of grass is approximately 40 Baht per square metere, not including labour costs.

    Before turf is laid. It's a good idea to spread some chicken shit down as a fertilizer.
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    Here in Korat Yah Malay is 25 baht per square meter, Yah Japan is 15 baht.

    I like the Yah Malay because it is "softer" to sit or walk on, has a deeper green color and nice wide blades. However, in full sun and heavy traffic areas the Yah Japan (Yippon) is probably better.

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    Is that right that you can't buy grass seeds in Thailand.

    I want to build a little putting green in my new garden, anyone know what kind of grass they use on a golf course putting surface?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    I want to build a little putting green in my new garden, anyone know what kind of grass they use on a golf course putting surface?
    I think it varies, CMN. For all the help that info is... I have a friend who has a Co. in BKK doing this very thing for golf courses. Sounds more complicated than just throwing some seed/turf down. He takes soil samples and has them sent for analysis in Aust. to find out the best type of grass to use.

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    i have joined Maejo golf club.
    biggest reason is the quality of the fairways and the greens.
    they are like billiard tables.
    very different type of grass to the other stuff I've played on in thailand.

    now where can i get my hands on a stimpometer?

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    I paid 14 baht a square metre for my stuff... looks like normal grass to me, don't know what it's called. Paid the guys a 1000 baht to lay it, but the main cost was sand to put it on

    https://teakdoor.com/gardening-thaila...ying-turf.html

    I cut it meself with a strimmer I bought from maKro for 500 baht. It's doing quite well at the moment, although weeding is a real pain in the arse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA
    but the main cost was sand to put it on
    What's the sand for?

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    ^errr... I don't know, maybe just to get it level, maybe to help drainage in heavy rain????. The land we were laying it on had previously been concrete so there was a load of rubble and not much soil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA
    maybe just to get it level, maybe to help drainage in heavy rain????.
    Yeah my guess as well. Will have to investigate this further, thinking about having our lawn redone

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    Jeez, can't believe how cheap the turf is outside of Phuket. I do know that they truck it all the way from Bangkok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    Is that right that you can't buy grass seeds in Thailand.
    No. It's wrong.

    Most 'garden centres' sell it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    anyone know what kind of grass they use on a golf course putting surface?
    Eccles turf is popular in UK.
    What you need is a fine bladed grass with no creeping fescules

    Some of the courses in LOS lay coconut fibre under the turf to give quick drainage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    I want to build a little putting green in my new garden,
    Forget it.
    You will need a quality turf and quality lawnmower.
    Turf will need constant attention and the cheapest 10 blade mower is 3299 GBP. That's a walk behind BTW not a ride-on.

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    Nam will be delighted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    I want to build a little putting green in my new garden, anyone know what kind of grass they use on a golf course putting surface?
    Global Turf Consulting

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    Croquet is an excellent game with a few mates and lots of beer.
    A bit like Barney Rubble golf.

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    "now where can i get my hands on a stimpometer?"

    Make your own, could be done with a piece of bamboo held at the correct angle (20 degrees) and the ball released from the same point each time...



    The device is an extruded aluminium bar, with a V-shaped groove extending along its
    entire length. It has a precisely machined ball-release notch at a specific distance from the
    tapered end (the end which rests on the ground). The underside of the tapered end is
    machined away to reduce bounce, as a rolling ball in contact with the ground is required.
    The V-shaped groove has angle which suitably supports a golf ball two points "
    (12.7mm) apart. A ball rolling down the groove has a slight over spin, which is
    thoroughly consistent and has no deleterious effect on the ensuring measurements.
    The ball-release notch is so designed that a ball will always be released and start to roll
    when the Stimpmeter is raised to approximately 20 degrees. This ensures that the velocity
    of the ball will always be the same when it reaches the tapered end.
    Although the Stimpmeter is sturdily built, it should be taken care of as one does with any
    precision instrument. When not in use, it should be stored in a plastic tube or case. Even
    relatively slight damage to the release notch or groove may cause errors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    creeping fescules
    Explain, I know not what they are, nor does google, nor wikipedia!

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    I think it may mean an above ground rhizome.

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    Oh well......so much for my theory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA
    Or is it fescues
    Sorry yeah that was it.
    I think it was Creeping Red Fescues that had to be avoided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Creeping Red Fescues that had to be avoided.
    That sounds really, really sinister.

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    ^ Yeah I liked it immediately when I heard it and found it useful as an insult for anyone I didn't like.

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