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.
We are now accepting orders for fall harvest. We have a limited supply, so please complete and submit an order form to reserve your plants. We will contact you closer to harvest season (mid-September) to coordinate your order, pick-up dates, or let you know if we are out of stock. Please keep in mind that we do not have staff on hand that are consistently harvesting, so it may take up to 2 weeks to process your order.
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 43,560 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. April -May and again September-October weather permitting. Contact our office for availability
For more tips on planting and spacing, see our order form.