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Products — Marathon II® Sod

Common Name:
Marathon II®
Dwarf Tall Fescue
Festuca Arundinacea

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.