Beachgrass

Ammophila breviligulata

Beachgrass is available in the spring and Fall

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Please call for information on shipping out of state 231-757-3707 x5.

Beachgrass is native to the Atlantic Coast and the Great Lakes.  It is more strongly rhizomatous, less sensitive to high temperatures and somewhat longer-lived than European beachgrass.   American beachgrass is a tough, coarse, erect perennial with hard, scaly, creeping rhizomes and dense, spike-like seedheads.  Seed is generally infertile. American beachgrass has proved to be the best plant for initial stabilization of moving sand.  Stems from the plant form a mechanical barrier which slows and then traps moving sand.

Planting:  American beachgrass plantings are established vegetatively with culms (plants).  Enough moisture should be present so when an opening is made with a spade, the sand will not run back into the hole.  If there is too much dry sand on the surface, scrape it away before the planting slot is opened.  A narrow tile spade or planting bar may be used for hand planting.  There have been mixed results in using a machine tree planter on large areas.  When planting, protect the culms from wind and sun so they do not dry out.

A planting depth of 6 to 10 inches is suggested so that the buds at the base of the stem do not dry out nor will plants blow out in a heavy wind.  When planting by hand, firm the soil around the plants with your heel.  Place 1-3 stems or culms into each hole.  On severe sites where quick cover is needed, space culms about 12 x 12 inches.  A minimum of 20,000 culms per acre are needed for this solid planting, more if placing more than one culm per hole.  Beachgrass is available for sale through the Mason-Lake Conservation District or through your local Conservation District. April -May and again September-October weather permitting.

Call 231-757-3707 ext 5 or  email Dani at dani.mcgarry@macd.org for more details.