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Products — Marathon® Sod

Common Name:
Tall Fescue
Festuca Arundinacea
Hubbard 87, Baja®

Marathon® combines the best of both worlds in terms of beauty and durability.  It is a 100% tall fescue blend of both the Hubbard 87 and Baja varieties both of which are exclusive to Southland Sod Farms, and the result of multiple generations of selective breeding.  Primary selection criteria were dark color, dense crown, disease resistance and fine leaf texture.  Hubbard 87 has been ranked #1 in overall Turf Quality in the USDA-sponsored National Turfgrass Evaluation Program for three consecutive years.

Until 1992, Baja (Southland's first generation dwarf) was the main component of Marathon II®. Based on current state-of-the-art breeding standards, Baja would now be considered a semi-dwarf.  During its tenure in Marathon II®, Baja has proven itself through the sales of millions of square feet of sod.  By shifting it to Marathon®, we are able to continue to take advantage of its excellent performance.  It is an ideal blend component with Hubbard 87.  The two varieties complement one another in physical characteristics, and the blend eliminates the potential effect of individual weaknesses, which are sometimes a risk with monocultures.

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


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


  • Color:
    Dark green year-round.
  • Growth Rate:
    Summer, 1" - 1-1/2" per week.    Winter, 1/2" - 3/4" per week.
  • Texture:
    Leaf width ranges from 1/8" - 1/4", mixed.  Within the range, leaves tend to average narrower in winter and wider in summer.
  • Density:
    Approx. 50 tillers per 1-1/2" diameter core.
  • Height:
    Summer, 2-1/2" mowing height recommended. Winter, 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 50% 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./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 to 12 Lbs./1000 Sq. Ft.
  • Germination:
    7-14 Days.


  • Water:
    2 to 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® (25-5-5) at 6-week Intervals at a rate of 4 Lbs./1000 Sq. Ft. during Fall, Winter, and Spring.