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  • Marathon II Sod

Marathon® II Sod

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Product Description

Marathon® II is our most advanced dwarf tall fescue. It retains the excellent durability of the species while enhancing its beauty. Marathon® II can be mowed shorter, has greater density, and slightly narrower leaves, resulting in a more compact carpet-like appearance. The growth rate is somewhat slower, particularly in winter. Marathon® II contains Encore®, a second-generation dwarf (sometimes termed "double dwarf"), and is a proprietary variety developed exclusively for Southland Sod Farms and the Southern California market area. Primary selection criteria were short mature growth, compact dense crown, dark color, disease resistance, and leaf texture.

Marathon® II Sod carries a One Year Free Replacement Guarantee contingent upon proper installation and minimum level of maintenance.


  • Residences
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Playgrounds and Parks
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Golf Courses
  • Cemeteries
  • Athletic Fields


  • Color:
    Dark green year-round.
  • Growth Rate:
    Summer, 3/4" - 1-1/4" per week.
    Winter, 1/4" - 3/4" per week.
  • Texture:
    Leaf width ranges from 1/16" - 3/16" mixed.  Within the range, leaves tend to average narrower in winter and wider in summer.
  • Density:
    Approx. 60 tillers per 1-1/2" diameter core.
  • Height:
    Summer, 2-1/2"mowing height
    recommended. Winter, 2" mowing
    height recommended.
  • Root Depth:
    To 6 feet.


  • Soils Range:
    All types (Amendments are recommended for heavy clay soils to promote drainage.).
  • Temp. Tolerance:
    25°F - 110°F.
  • pH Range:
    5.0 - 8.5, 7.0 preferred.
  • ECe Range:
    Tolerant to 8.0, 0 - 4.0 preferred.
  • Shade Tolerance:
    Up to 40% shade.
  • Geographic Range:
    Coastline, inland valleys, and deserts. Avoid mountain areas above 4000', due to sustained cold.

Standards and Measures:


  • 100% Weed-Free.
  • Size:
    5 Sq. Ft. (15" x 48").
    Soil Thickness 1/2" ± 1/8".
    500 Sq. Ft./Pallet.
  • Weight:
    25 Lbs./5 Sq. Ft. Piece, 2500 Lbs./Pallet.
  • Shipping Temp:
    In order to ensure shipping life and an installation time of at least 24 hours, sod shall be refrigerated to the following temperatures prior to shipment:

    50°F in Winter
    40°F in Summer


  • 100% Weed-Free.
  • 98% Purity (2% Inert Maximum).
  • 90% Minimum Germination.
  • 200,000 Seeds/Lb.

Seed Establishment:

  • Seed Rate:
    10-12 Lbs./1000 Sq. Ft.
  • Germination:
    7-14 Days.


  • Water:
    2 - 3 Times/Week at 80% ETo Optimum, 60% ETo Minimum.
  • Mowing:
    Spring, Summer, Fall— Weekly.
  • Fertilization:
    Specify Marathon Sod and Seed Starter® (15-15-15) at 10 Lbs. per 1000 Sq. Ft. prior to installation. Use Marathon All Season® (25-5-5) at 6-week intervals, at a Rate of 4 Lbs./1000 Sq. Ft. during Fall, Winter, and Spring.



Our Guarantee


Southland Sod Farms will provide replacement sod at no charge as needed to replace any dead areas of a Marathon® Lawn within one year of installation.

The following conditions will apply:

  1. Lawn owner must demonstrate that he has made a reasonable effort to care for the lawn properly in terms of installation, watering, fertilizing, and mowing.  Fertilizing with Marathon® fertilizers is recommended.
  2. Lawn owner must notify Southland Sod within 10 days of the first appearance of dead lawn areas.
  3. Lawns without a permanent underground irrigation system will not qualify for replacement.  An automatic controller is also recommended.
  4. Lawns laid in shaded areas limiting sunlight to less than 50% of sunlight will not qualify for replacement.
  5. Lawn areas burned by pet urine, or by improper application of fertilizers or chemicals will not qualify for replacement.
  6. Lawn areas that have been previously replaced under this guarantee will not qualify for additional replacement.

This guarantee is limited to supplying replacement sod only.  No labor charges, pesticide treatments, delivery, or other costs are covered.

How to Make a Claim:
As soon as brown areas begin to appear, call your original retailer for advice.  If he is unable to help you, call our customer service representative at 805.488.3585.  We will go through a series of diagnostic questions by phone (we cannot make service calls) to identify the cause of sod failure and offer a recommendation(s) for correcting the problem.  This may include changing your irrigation schedule, applying a fungicide, adding a sprinkler, etc. You will be required to implement the recommendation(s) and allow at least two weeks to verify its (their) success before replacement sod will be arranged.

Once you have corrected the problem, call our customer service representative to schedule the delivery of your replacement sod.  We will arrange a date to add your replacement sod, at no charge to you, to a regular delivery going to your retailer.


Sod can be delivered to:

Los Angeles County
Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, Artesia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Bradbury, Burbank, Carson, Cerritos, Claremont, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Cudahy, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, El Monte, El Segundo, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Canada Flintridge, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, La Verne, Lakewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Manhattan Beach, Maywood, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Norwalk, Palos Verdes Estates, Paramount, Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Sierra Madre, Signal Hill, South El Monte, South Gate, South Pasadena, Temple City, Torrance, Vernon, Walnut, West Covina, Whittier, West Hollywood

Orange County
Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Balboa, Brea, Buena Park, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Coto De Caza, Cypress, Dana Point, Dove Canyon, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, MIssion Viejo, Monarch Beach, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Orange, Placentia, Portola Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Seal Beach, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Talega, Trabuco Canyon, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda

Riverside County
Banning, Beaumont, Blythe, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, East Vale, Glen Avon, Hemet, Indian Wells, Indio, Jurupa Valley, La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Mira Loma, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norco, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Perris, Rancho Mirage, Riverside, Rubidoux, San Jacinto, Temecula, Wildomar, Wineville

San Bernardino County
Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Crestline, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Hesperia, Highland, Joshua Tree, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Lucerne Valley, Montclair, Needles, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, Running Springs, San Bernardino, Twenty-Nine Palms, Upland, Victorville, Wrightwood, Yermo, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley

Areas of San Diego County - Please call to see we deliver to your area of San Diego

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