Jurgen and Martin


Our Family Tradition
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Jurgen and Martin Gramckow

When our family founded Southland Sod Farms, we pledged to take whatever extra steps were necessary to cultivate the healthiest, most beautiful sod ever available in Southern California. We’ve been in the sod business for over 40 years now, and even after our initial success, the Gramckow family promise continues to innovate and improve.

Marathon Sod
Turf Means Reliability:

That’s Why We’re the Most
Popular Choice.

  • Marathon is comprised of proprietary grass varieties, which have been rigorously tested for adaptability to Southern California climate and soils.
  • Ideal growing conditions in coastal Ventura County result in healthy, vigorous sod with no risk of plant damage from extreme weather conditions.
  • All fields are laser leveled to be perfectly flat prior to each planting. As a result, the sod is perfectly uniform in thickness and moisture at harvest.
  • Higher seed rates and closer plant spacing using our patented seeder result in denser turf.
  • All fields are mowed with reel-type mowers as opposed to rotary mowers resulting in grass cleanly cut with a scissors-like action, not chopped or torn grass.
  • Marathon is dark green naturally. We never use dye to cover weather damage, production shortcuts or genetic flaws.
  • We produce ten varieties of turf to meet all your customer needs.

the Freshest Sod

  • We are the only sod farm with our own vacuum refrigeration facility.
  • All Marathon Sod is cooled prior to shipment to prevent spoilage and increase pallet life.
  • All sod is delivered to the job site within 24 hours of harvest.

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Q: Am I being impacted by one-day-a-week watering?

A: Restriction applies to 1/3 of SoCal residents.

The restrictions have been put in place by an “Emergency Water Conservation Program requiring member agencies dependent on SWP (state water project) deliveries to immediately cut water use by implementing one-day-a-week watering restrictions, or the equivalent, by June 1.

The affected agencies include Calleguas Municipal Water District, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Three Valleys Municipal Water District, and Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.” 

Source: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.



Q: Will my landscape survive once-a-week watering?

A: It depends on how much water is applied once a week. Your landscape will have different water requirements dependent on:

    • - regional weather conditions throughout the year (inland/marine)

    • - type of plant (shallow roots, deep roots)

    • - new planting (once a week will be very difficult)

    • - and soil conditions

No details have been released by Metropolitan Water District on timing or allowable irrigation cycles for the once-a-week restriction or the equivalent.


Q: Should I install a lawn in June?

A: Check with your local city ordinance to determine water restrictions specific to your area. Installing any new landscape will require watering more than 1 time per week.  Multiple watering cycles are needed to establish young growing roots.  Even if you plant a drought-resistant landscape, it may not survive one time a week watering; roots need to be developed.  Keep in mind that irrigation cycles must be short enough to target the developing root zone, meaning although you need to water multiple times a week, those times need only apply small amounts of water.


Q: If I install Marathon Sod, will you honor the replacement guarantee?

A: We stand behind our product and are here to assist in keeping your lawn healthy.  Unfortunately, the replacement does not apply if you fail to adequately maintain your lawn.  No landscape will survive without adequate watering.  If you are not able to irrigate correctly, you should not install any landscape.


Q: If I’m not in the impacted restriction area should I be concerned?

A: California has a water supply problem. Until the infrastructure is built and managed properly, we will continue to have water shortages.  Only 10%-11% of all of California’s water use is for Urban needs (residential use) which includes 4% for residential landscapes.  If all landscape is removed, California would save 4% of water, hardly solving the water “crisis”. The tradeoff for these savings would significantly impact the environment, jobs, property values, and mental health of many Californians.   


Q: What can I do about this?


  1. #1- Ask for specific details from your city agencies

  2. #2- Talk to your local representative about the status of California’s infrastructure projects

  3. #3- Take a close look at your irrigation system and determine if you are irrigating as efficiently as possible.  This includes watering by evapotranspiration, which factors in the local climate.  There are several “smart” controllers that will do this. Smart irrigation controllers could save a significant amount of water.

  4. #4- Engage your representatives to advocate for other realistic solutions to maintain your landscape.