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Variety Descriptions

Evergreen Varieties

   
Marathon Sod I Marathon Sod
100% improved tall fescue. Easy care. Slightly coarser, more fibrous than bluegrass. Most rapid growing, rugged and durable of the Marathon family. Stays green year-round and adapts well to a variety of Southern California climates and soils.
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Marathon Sod II Marathon II
Deeper green and greater density for a more manicured look. Lower mowing height and slightly finer texture. Stays green year-round and adapts well to a variety of Southern California climates and soils.
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Marathon Sod III Marathon III
Denser, darker green, finer leafed, and slower growing than previous generations, Marathon III can be mowed shorter, resulting in a more compact carpet-like appearance. Stays green year-round and adapts well to a variety of Southern California climates and soils.
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Pureblue Pureblue
Improved elite bluegrass blend. Dense, elegant appearance. Medium-fine texture. Requires regular care to maintain refined appearance. Does best in moderate coastal areas; avoid using in inland valleys and warm, arid regions. Requires well-drained soil; does not tolerate salinity. Green year-round.
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Ryeblue Ryeblue
80% Pureblue and 20% Perennial Rye. Very similar to Pureblue, with subtle differences (slightly lighter color, overall glossier appearance).
Slightly higher disease resistance than Pureblue. Also green year-round.
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Dichondra Dichondra
A specialty lawn with a distinctive, round-leafed texture. A low- growing ground cover, commonly used with stepping stones or in oriental garden settings to create an elegant effect. Good for use in partial shade and/or where mowing is difficult. Not recommended for traffic areas, does not tolerat salinity. Requires well-drained soil and constant care. Green year-round.
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Winter Dormant Varieties

   
St Augustine St. Augustine
Very coarse thick-stemmed runners. Used primarily where shade tolerance is the top priority. Native to the southern United States where humid conditions do not permit cool-season lawn varieties to flourish. Considerable thatching; requires concrete borders for containment. Dormant in winter.
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Tifgreen Tifgreen
Hybrid Bermuda. Excellent as athletic field or recreational turf. Often used on golf course putting greens. Very dense, low-growing, fine textured. Creates an attractive "manicured" look with consistent care and trimming. Develops thatch; requires concrete borders for containment. Becomes dormant in winter.
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El Toro Zoysia El Toro Zoysia
A dense creeping grass similar to Tifgreen with a taller mowing height (1" to 2"). Texture is medium-fine. Color is comparatively light green. Develops thatch; requires concrete borders for containment. Subject to a longer winter dormancy than Tifgreen or St. Augustine.
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Zoysia Tenuifolia Zoysia Tenuifolia
A finer-textured ornamental grass with a unique, rolling appearance; typically used in oriental garden settings or as ground cover. Usually left unmowed for a free-form, natural look. Extremely slow growing. Dormant in winter.
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