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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT SPECIFICATION SHEET
 Specification Call Out: MARATHON SOD/SEED
 Technical Data

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Common Name:
 Marathon®

Species:
 Tall Fescue
Festuca Arundinacea

Varieties:
 Hubbard 87, Baja

Description:
 Marathon combines the best of both worlds in terms of beauty and durability. It is a 100% tall fescue blend containing the Hubbard 87 and Baja varieties. Both are exclusive to Southland Sod Farms and are the result of multiple generations of selective breeding. Primary selection criteria were dark color, dense crown, disease resistance and fine leaf texture. Hubbard 87 has been ranked # 1 in overall Turf Quality in the USDA sponsored National Turfgrass Evaluation Program for three consecutive years.

 Until 1992, Baja (our first generation dwarf) was the main component of Marathon II. Based on current state of the art breeding standards, Baja would now be considered a semi-dwarf. During its tenure in Marathon II, Baja has proven itself through the sales of millions of square feet of sod. By shifting it to Marathon, we are able to continue to take advantage of its excellent performance. It is an ideal blend component with Hubbard 87. The two varieties compliment one another in physical characteristics, and the blend eliminates the potential effect of individual weaknesses, which are sometimes a risk with monocultures.

Guarantee:
 Marathon Sod carries one year free replacement guarantee contingent upon proper installation and minimum level of maintenance.

Uses:

Residences

Apartment Complexes

Playgrounds and Parks

Commercial Buildings

Golf Courses

Cemeteries

Athletic Fields

Characteristics:

Color:

Dark green year around.

Growth Rate:

Summer, 1 to 1 1/2 inch per week.
 Winter, 1/2 to 3/4 inch per week.

Texture:

Leaf width ranges from 1/8 to 1/4 inch
 mixed. Within the range, leaves tend to
 average narrower in winter and wider in
 summer.

Density:

Approx. 50 tillers per 1 1/2 inch diameter core.

Height:

Root Depth:

Summer, 2 1/2 inch mowing height
 recommended. Winter, 2 inch mowing
 height recommended.

To 6 feet.

Adaptability:

Soils Range:

All types (Amendments are recommended for heavy clay soils to promote drainage.)

Temp. Tolerance:

pH Range:

ECe Range:

Shade Tolerance:

25F to 110F.

5.0 to 8.5, 7.0 preferred.

Tolerant to 8.0, 0 to 4.0 preferred.

50% filtered or 50% daylight hours.

Geographic Range:

Coastline, inland valleys, and deserts. Avoid mountain areas above 4000 ft. due to sustained cold.

Standards and Measures:

Sod

100% Weed Free

Size:

5 Sq. Ft. (15 in. x 48 in.)
 Soil Thickness 1/2 in. 1/8 in.
 500 Sq. Ft. per Pallet

Weight:

25 Lbs. per 5 Sq. Ft. Piece, 2500 Lbs. per 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:

Seed

100% Weed Free

50F in Winter
 40F in Summer

98% Purity (2% Inert Maximum)
 90% Minimum Germination
 200,000 Seeds per Lb.

Seed Establishment:

Seed Rate:

10 to 12 Lbs. per 1000 Sq. Ft.

Germination:

7 to 14 Days

Maintenance:

Water:

2 to 3 Times per Week at 80% ETo Optimum, 60% ETo Minimum.

Mowing:

Fertilization:

Weekly

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. per 1000 Sq. Ft. during Fall,
 Winter, and Spring.

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