Marathon Sod is a registered product of Southland Sod Farms. The variety is a blend of two tall fescues, Hubbard 87 and Baja, both of which are products introduced by Southland Sod Farms. Marathon is favored for its dense growth, green color, high level of resistance to disease and fine texture. The popularity of Marathon grass has led to the evolution of Marathon varieties, all of which are exclusive to Southland Sod Farms.
Marathon Lite sod is a dwarf tall fescue that is hydroponically grown without the use of soil. The sod is very lightweight, weighing less than half the weight of field-grown sod. Pieces of Marathon Lite sod are also about 60 percent larger than Marathon. The sod is grown on a mixture of composted green waste and bark chips on a plastic sheet. This sheet forces the grass roots to grow horizontally, which creates a thick web or mat of interwoven roots. The sod is then cut into pieces. Marathon Lite has a finer texture than Marathon and a dense growth.
Marathon II is also a registered variety introduced by Marathon Sod Farms and is a dwarf tall fescue. The grass is very durable and holds up well to very short mowing. Marathon II has a dense growth and narrower blades that create a compact, carpet-like look. Marathon II has a slower growth rate than Marathon, especially during winter. The variety is well resistant to diseases and has a dark green color. Marathon II retains its color all through the year and is used in homes, athletic fields, parks and golf courses.
Southland Sod Farms refers to Marathon III as its most advanced variety of tall fescue. The grass has a darker green color, a more dense texture and finer blades than the other Marathon varieties. Marathon III responds very well to very close mowing which creates a thick, carpet like look. The variety is also slower growing than the other Marathon grasses which helps to increase the time between mowing. Marathon III adapts well to all soil types and prefers a pH between 5.0 to 7.0. The grass is tolerant of partial shade and is not adapted to growing at heights above 4,000 feet.