American beachgrass comes in more than one variety. The variety recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service for our area is called "Cape".
- Plant strips of beachgrass parallel to the coastline. It is easily done by hand. The row closest to the ocean should be at least 100' above the mean high tide line. Along the ocean, if space permits, plant a 40'-50' wide strip, but no less than 20', and 10 rows deep. This permits the planting to trap blowing sand, and to build a dune.
- American beachgrass can be planted from October 15th through April in the New England area, as long as the sand is not frozen.
- Plants and roots must be kept moist before and during planting.Try using wet burlap. On most sites, the recommended plant spacing within a row is 18". Where erosion is severe, decrease the spacing to 12" apart.
- Plant two 18"-24" stems in a hole, approximately 7"-9" deep.
- Stagger the rows. An 18' by 18' spacing requires 38,000 culms or stems per acre, or 889 culms per 1,000 square feet.
- Compact the sand firmly around the plants.
- Beachgrass should be fertilized. Broadcast fertilizer over the planting at a rate equivalent to 1.4 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Fertilizer should be applied 30 days after the planting date, but not before April 1st.
- Protect your new planting from foot/vehicle traffic by placing snow fencing around it.
who we are
We are a local, family owned company operating in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
what we do
We provide beach grass to help homeowners and businesses repair and restore beach and dune erosion problems. Planting service is available.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Beach Grass Sales provides beach grass to help homeowners and businesses repair and restore beach and dune erosion problems. Planting service is available.
Tough grasses with strong roots that can grow on exposed sandy shores. We supply Cape American Beach Grass (Ammophila Breviligulata) which is the best species for the initial stabilization of fronting dunes.
In March and April, and in the fall, we provide bare root bundles. A bundle consists of 100 two-stem planting units. The plants are approximately 16 inches long and our bundles are 8 to 10 inches in diameter. Between May and September, we provide individual plants (plugs) in app. 2"x2" potting cups.