Marathon Grass: Get the Facts

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For homeowners living in Southern California, not just any lawn will thrive in the region. The perfect grass for this area must withstand drought and scorching heat for prolonged periods. It must also tolerate the chilly winter temperatures and salty coastal air. One of the best grass types that can handle these factors is Marathon grass. That’s why, in this article, you’ll learn more about growing Marathon grass, Marathon grass seed and Marathon 2 grass seed sod. Read on.

Marathon grass seed is the most cost-effective method of installing a Maraton grass property from scratch. You can also use the seeds to quickly repair a lawn with bare spots or overseed a thin or sparse lawn. Additionally, the grass seeds thrive in shady, wear-resistant lawns and properties with heavy foot traffic. It comes in three varieties, and you can choose any type for your lawn depending on its use and benefits.

What is Marathon Grass?

Marathon Grass Seed

Marathon grass refers to a carefully made turf type established by the Southland Sod Company for the Southern California environment. The grass blends Hubbard 87, Baja, and two Tall fescue grasses. This combination can perfectly withstand the coastal and barren desert climates.

It is a hardy, durable, disease-resistant turf that grows densely with fine textured leaves. The grass has three varieties which are all bright green.

Planting Marathon Grass

There are various ways of establishing Marathon grass on your lawn. Planting standard grass seed is the best option if you have a tight budget. However, most people prefer installing Marathon sod to seed, although it is considerably expensive.

1. Marathon Grass Seed Can, 1 lb

Marathon Grass Seed

Most varieties of Marathon Grass Seed Can (pictured above) are readily accessible as seeds. It is the most inexpensive way to grow a Marathon lawn from scratch or repair a property with bare patches.

The best time to plant grass marathon seeds is spring or fall. This gives the turf ample time to develop before harsh summer or winter conditions. A Marathon lawn started from seeds takes a few weeks to germinate and establish fully. Generally, with proper care, the seeds can sprout within 14 days.

The three types of Marathon grass seeds include Marathon I (original marathon), Marathon II, and Marathon III Lite.

The first thing to know about Marathon 1 grass seed is it develops into a most durable lawn, shade, and heavy foot traffic-tolerant lawn.

Secondly, Marathon ii grass seed grows to the most beautiful lawn, although it requires more maintenance practices than Marathon 1.

Thirdly, Marathon iii is the dwarf fescue sod type that grows slower than the other Marathon cultivars.  Are you wondering where to buy marathon grass seed? If so, head to Amazon.

You can also decide to grab the new OHP Marathon 1% Granular 5 lbs pestcide (pictured below).

2. Southland Sod 3 Marathon II Grass Seed

This 5lb product from Southland Sod Company is one of the best if you are looking at growing the improved version of Tall fescue grass. It germinates fast, and spreads quickly, to become a green and fuller lawn.

The grass features narrow leaves and has a finer texture, which is different from the common Tall fescue types. Because it spreads quickly, it is the best for reseeding and filling patches in the lawn.

Although good at filling the yard, the grass’ growth is retarded during winter.

 3. Southland Sod 4 Marathon II Grass Seed Mix

For a fast, low-maintenance lawn option, install marathon sod instead of seeds. Generally, most gardeners prefer planting sod, although it is more expensive than seeds, as it produces more desirable and consistent results.

Original Marathon and Marathon 2 sod are the best choices for parks, athletic fields, and golf courses.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How do you use Marathon grass fertilizer?

A: Marathon All Season Fertilizer contains a high percentage of nitrate, making it a fast-acting and effective lawn food. Apply this fertilizer a month after sod installation, once in the fall, once in winter, and once in spring. Avoid fertilizing the lawn in July and August.

Q: How long does it take for Marathon 2 grass seed to germinate?

A: Marathon ii sod takes between 7 and 14 days to germinate, while the seed takes up to 21 days. However, sometimes the sod takes up to 21 days while the seed takes 30 days, depending on the climate.

Final Thoughts

Marathon grass is popular for homeowners living in Southern California due to its ability to withstand drought and scorching heat.

Depending on your preference and financial abilities, you can either grow marathon grass seed or sod in your lawn. If you have a tight budget, the seeds are the most affordable.

However, if you need fast-growing grass with great results, Marathon sod is the best choice.

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By Wycliffe Magara

Hi, my name’s Wycliffe Magara, a professional landscaper, journalist, published author, photographer, and lawn attendant. Apart from this site, I also own LawnAffection, Grasstology, and TheScholarshipTipster. I specialize in creating informational content to help you grow a Lifelong Lush Lawn and find the ideal scholarship opportunities no one ever talks about.