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Marathon II®Sod

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.


Common Name:   
Marathon II®

Dwarf Tall Fescue
Festuca Arundinacea


Core Values

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


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

Standards and Measures:


  • Color: Dark green year-round.
  • Growth Rate: Summer, 5/8″ – 1″ per week.    Winter, 1/4″ – 1/2″ 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 leaves per 1-1/2″ diameter core.
  • Height: Summer, 1-3/4″ mowing height recommended. Winter, 1-1/2″ mowing height recommended.
  • Root Depth: To 6 feet.


  • Soils Range: All types (Amendments are recommended for heavy clay soils to promote drainage.).
  • 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 25 % 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. per 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./1000 Sq. Ft. prior to installation.  Use Marathon All Season® (24-2-4) at 6-week intervals, at a Rate of 4 Lbs./1000 Sq. Ft. during Fall, Winter, and Spring.

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