Beach Grass For Garden Landascaping

Beach Grass For Garden Landascaping

Landscape designs today showcase low-maintenance, eco-friendly sustainability. American beach grass fits this trend admirably. Planting beach grass for garden landscaping with dry, sandy and even salty soils provides erosion control, movement and ease of care. Using beach grass for landscaping in areas with similar environmental situations protects important habitat and delicate hills and dunes. It can spread 6 to 10 feet in a year but only grows 2 feet tall. The roots of American beach grass are edible and have been used as a supplemental food supply by indigenous peoples. The grass produces a spikelet that rises 10 inches above the plant in July to August. October to March is the best time for planting beach grass in gardens. Seedlings have difficulty establishing when temperatures are too hot and conditions are too dry. Establishment is usually from plugs planted 8 inches below the surface of the soil in clusters of two or more culms.

Spacing of 18 inches apart requires nearly 39,000 culms per acre. Erosion control planting is done at a closer range of 12 inches apart per plant. Seeds germinate unreliably so sowing is not recommended when growing beach grass for landscaping. Never harvest wild grasses from natural environments. Use reliable commercial supplies for starter plants to prevent damage to existing dunes and wild areas. The plants do not tolerate foot traffic, so fencing is a good idea until the starts mature. Stagger the planting for a more natural effect with several inches between each culm.

Poolside With Benches And Beach Grass

Poolside With Benches And Beach Grass

These grasses help preserve our natural diversity. Not only is it a popular trend, eco-chic landscaping is a wise choice.

Backyard Beach Grass For Landscaping

Backyard Beach Grass For Landscaping

While native beach grass is protected by law in some areas, both species are considered invasive species in some regions outside their native range.

Poolside With Boxwood And Beach Grass

Poolside With Boxwood And Beach Grass

As well as beach grass, many flowers and shrubs grow along the beaches, but before planting any of these choices in your garden, work compost into the soil.

Outdoor Garden Landscaping With Beach Grass

Outdoor Garden Landscaping With Beach Grass

Beach grass is a rugged, clump-forming type of grass primarily used to control beach erosion. The rhizome-like roots trap sand, building up the planting site.

Outdoor Beach Grass Plants For Landscaping

Outdoor Beach Grass Plants For Landscaping

As the beach grass sends out more runners--both horizontal and vertical--it traps even more sand and creates a mound of vegetation anchored in a newly formed sand dune.

Outdoor Backyard Beach Grass With Deck

Outdoor Backyard Beach Grass With Deck

Plant beach grass as a landscape specimen or among other varieties of grass in a perennial garden.

Garden With Beach Grass And Perennials

Garden With Beach Grass And Perennials

Beach grass is also tolerant of intense heat, excessive sunlight, and drying winds and will grow on sandy or other course-grained soils.

Seaside Landscaping With Beach Grass

Seaside Landscaping With Beach Grass

Plant beach grass to control erosion on shorelines. Position the plants beyond the level of high tide. Space beach grass 12 to 24 inches apart, planting it directly in the beach sand.

Outdoor Beach Grass For Landscaping With Deck

Outdoor Beach Grass For Landscaping With Deck

The wooden walkway pictured here shows an amazing use of grass, which has created a surreal space that looks soft and dreamy.

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