Marthon III® Sod

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Lite Sod is available as Marathon III, Pureblue. It is soil-less, semi-hydroponically sod grown on a mixture of green waste and recycled wood chips spread on a plastic barrier sheet. As the sod grows, the roots are forced laterally by the barrier to form a clean naturally interwoven mat. Sod pieces are lighter weight and are harvested in 2 ft. x 4 ft. pieces

Marathon III is Southland Sod’s most advanced dwarf tall fescue and represents the latest release in a fifteen-year progression of breeding development.  Marathon III is more dense, darker green, finer leafed, and slower growing than previous generations.  Marathon III can be mowed shorter, resulting in a more compact carpet-like appearance; its slower growth rate results in significantly lower clipping yield which, in turn, lowers disposal volume.  Mowing frequency may also be reduced, particularly during cooler seasons. Marathon III contains Shortcut™ which is Southland’s proprietary variety developed through a cooperative research program.

Marathon Sod


Common Name:   
Marathon III®

Dwarf Tall Fescue
Festuca Arundinacea


Core Values

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


Marathon III 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.
  • Available only in soil-less Lite Sod
  • 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.).
  • 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 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:
    8 Sq. Ft. (24″ x 48″).
    Soil Thickness 1/2″ ± 1/8″.
    504 Sq. Ft. per Pallet.
  • Weight:
    29 Lbs./8 Sq. Ft. Piece, 1800 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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