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Southland Sod 1 Year Guarantee

We will provide replacement sod at no charge as needed to replace any dead areas of a Marathon Lawn within one year of installation.

The following conditions will apply:

  • Lawn owner must demonstrate that he has made a reasonable effort to care for the lawn properly in terms of installation, watering, fertilizing, and mowing. Fertilizing with Marathon fertilizers is recommended.
  • Lawn owner must notify Southland Sod within 10 days of the first appearance of dead lawn areas.
    Lawn without a permanent underground irrigation system will not qualify. An automatic controller is recommended.
  • Lawns in shaded areas limiting more than 50% of sunlight will not qualify.
  • Lawn areas burned by pet urine, or improper application of fertilizers or chemicals will not qualify.
  • Lawn areas that have been previously replaced under this guarantee will not qualify.
  • This guarantee is limited to supplying replacement sod only. No labor charges, pesticide treatments, delivery, or other costs are covered.

Yard Preparation & Sod Installation Info

Before Sod Arrives:

  1. Kill old lawn - For best results, water and fertilize your lawn so that it is in a vigorous growth mode. Then spray with Roundup® carefully following directions on the packaging. Roundup is a highly effective herbicide that enters the plant through its foliage and is translocated all the way down to its root system. One thorough treatment will usually completely kill your old lawn and weeds.
  2. Remove dead lawn - Using a sod cutter, strip away dead turf. You can usually find sod cutters at your local rental yard. Roll or section dead turf and discard.
  3. Rototill soil & install or repair sprinklers - After removing rocks or debris, rototill soil to a depth of four to six inches. Consult your nurseryman for soil amendment and irrigation system recommendations.
  4. Rake and fine grade - Rake to break large clods and remove any remaining debris. Fine grade by scraping across the surface to smooth uneven areas. Finished grade should be 1/2 inch below walks, driveways and patios. Sod is uniformly machine cut and will conform to any irregularities left in the grade.
  5. Roll soil - Roll soil with a FULL roller to settle and firm surface. Rollers are available from your local nursery or rental yard. Soil should be dry to avoid compaction. Fine grade again, if necessary.

After Sod Arrives:

  1. Lay sod immediately upon arrival - Begin laying sod adjacent to the longest boundary of the area to be covered. Stagger each new row of sod that seams are offset, as in a brick wall. Butt ends and edges tightly together.
  2. Conform to curved surfaces - Cut sod with heavy knife to conform to curved boundaries, planters, etc. After first 200 square feet are installed, water sod lightly to prevent wilting.
  3. Roll sod - When all sod is installed, use a roller to insure good contact between the sod and native soil. Use a Full roller on St. Augustine or Bermuda sods; a Half Full roller on all Fescue Sods.
  4. Water thoroughly - To avoid having dry patches in your lawn and to promote equal growth, your sprinkler system pattern should provide "head-to-head" coverage as indicated by arrows. Call the Sod Lady at 800-454-LAWN for specific detailed watering instructions after you've placed your order.
  5. Mowing - Mowing should begin two weeks after installation.