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Products — Marathon Lite

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

Marathon Lite® is a hydroponically grown soil-less tall fescue sod. It weighs slightly more than one half as much as field-grown sod, and the pieces are approximately 60% larger (2' x 4'). It starts as a mixture of seed, composted green waste, and bark chips spread about 1/2" thick on a plastic barrier sheet. As the sod grows, the roots are forced by the barrier to lie horizontally, thus forming a naturally interwoven mat. When mature, the sod is simply cut into sections and lifted off the plastic sheet. All of the roots remain intact, thereby avoiding any harvest set-back.

Because the sod is grown hydroponically, we are able to control the growth media, water, and nutrients very precisely to achieve optimum levels. This ideal environment results in a much higher plant density than in field-grown sod production. The effect is to significantly enhance the sod's beauty by creating a much denser, lower, finer-textured appearance, even though the variety (Hubbard 87 Baja) is the same used in Marathon field-grown sod. For a description of the varietal characteristics, refer to the Marathon Sod/Seed specification sheet.

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


  • Residences
  • Playgrounds
  • Golf Courses
  • Cemeteries

Special Uses:

  • Movie Sets


  • 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 1/16" - 1/8",
    mixed. Within the range, leaves tend to
    average narrower in winter and wider in
  • Density:
    Approx. 60 leaves 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:
    8, 16 or 24 Sq. Ft. (2' x 4', 8', or 12').
    Soil Thickness 5/8" ± 1/8".
    504 Sq. Ft./Pallet.
  • Weight:
    24 Lbs./8 Sq. Ft. Piece, 1500 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.
  • 225,000 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® (25-5-5) at 6-week intervals at a Rate of 4 Lbs./1000 Sq. Ft. during Fall, Winter, and Spring.