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Six things to get right for top quality turf in Thailand

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August 05, 2019

Six things to get right for top quality turf in Thailand

I suggested careful attention to mowing, fertilizer, the growth rate, soil water content, and the grass variety used, followed by regular and targeted assessment of the surface performance, will invariably lead to top quality turf in Thailand.

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Micah Woods

August 05, 2019
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  1. Six things to get right for top quality turf in

    Thailand Micah Woods 5 August 2019 Chief Scientist Asian Turfgrass Center www.asianturfgrass.com
  2. Six things to get right 1. Mowing

  3. Six things to get right 1. Mowing 2. Fertilizer

  4. Six things to get right 1. Mowing 2. Fertilizer 3.

    Growth rate
  5. Six things to get right 1. Mowing 2. Fertilizer 3.

    Growth rate 4. Soil water content
  6. Six things to get right 1. Mowing 2. Fertilizer 3.

    Growth rate 4. Soil water content 5. Grass
  7. Six things to get right 1. Mowing 2. Fertilizer 3.

    Growth rate 4. Soil water content 5. Grass 6. Measure results
  8. Mowing

  9. Riding (golf course type) mowers

  10. Pedestrian mowers, USA

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  13. Pedestrian mowers, Iceland

  14. Google search for “mow football pitch”

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  16. • Mower adjustment • Mower type (reel, rotary, or both?)

    • Cut 1 3 of leaf blade length
  17. Fertilizer

  18. Optimum nutrient supply

  19. Optimum nutrient supply

  20. • about 1 g N/m2/week, then adjust • P and

    K to meet grass requirements • pH from 5.5 to 7.5 • Fe for enhanced colour • annual testing of soil nutrient content & pH • annual testing of irrigation water quality
  21. Growth rate

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  27. • mowing, fertilizer, & pitch performance are linked to growth

    rate • growth rate too rapid means unnecessary work & reduced traffic tolerance • growth rate too slow means insufficient traffic recovery • starting point recommendation: 30 mL/m2/day
  28. Soil water content

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  32. • Ideally have (and use) a soil moisture meter •

    Maintain soil water at about 20% volumetric water content (VWC)
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  34. Think about rootzone depth • A 30 cm rootzone with

    50% pore space and 25% VWC has space for 75 mm of rain • A 15 cm rootzone with 50% pore space and 25% VWC has space for 37.5 mm of rain
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  38. Seashore paspalum in a sand rootzone

  39. Grass

  40. • these rhizomatous and stoloniferous grasses can be used in

    Thailand • bermudagrass • manilagrass • seashore paspalum
  41. Measure results

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  45. Six things to get right 1. Mowing 2. Fertilizer 3.

    Growth rate 4. Soil water content 5. Grass 6. Measure results
  46. More info at the ATC website: www.asianturfgrass.com