Since the introduction of Marathon Sod in 1983, hundreds of thousands of lawns have been installed. Marathon is the most popular lawn in Southern California because it provides long-term beauty and durability. It is frequently recommended by proud homeowners to their friends. However, sometimes they get a little carried away with exaggeration, giving Marathon qualities beyond its capabilities and a reputation larger than life.
Remember, Marathon Sod is made up of thousands of tiny live individual grass plants. While they have been bred to be tough, just like anything else that is alive there are numerous ways they can be killed. Obviously, the plants need to have a minimum level of food and water as well as sunlight to survive. Too little water will cause dehydration burn. An irrigation system is an absolute must! Too much water, or watering the wrong time, can cause disease problems; too much fertilizer can burn. Less than fours hours per day of direct sunlight is too much shade and will cause yellowing and thinning. Please refer to our Maintenance and Troubleshooting Guide.
Many families have dogs. No sod, including Marathon, is immune to burn from dog urine. While some people seem to have fewer problems than others, urine burn does not vary significantly by lawn variety. Rather, it is more related to soil moisture and weather. Wet lawns do not burn as easily as dry lawns. Hot, dry days increase the likelihood of burn. Winter dormant creeping turf varieties such as Bermuda, Zoysia and St. Augustine will recover from burn by sending runners to fill in the spot. Marathon does not produce runners and will not readily fill in burned spots.
Marathon I, II and III are different from one another in terms of progressively slower growth rates. The distinction is most obvious between Marathon I and III. Marathon III grows significantly slower, resulting in fewer clippings and allows less frequent mowing. While this is an important advantage, it can also be a disadvantage. Think of turf as a self-renewing surface and growth rate as the speed of the renewal process. Slow growth results in more time needed for recovery from injury or disease. That means that if Marathon III is damaged it will show the brown spot longer. If the lawn is going to be subject to lots of play or traffic or adverse growing conditions, then the faster growing Marathon I and II are better suited. Where usage is light and appearance and fewer clippings are top priorities, opt for Marathon III.
Should a problem arise, Marathon Sod carries a One Year Free Replacement Guarantee contingent upon proper installation and minimum level of maintenance.