We carry beach grass starting in November, when the plant is starting to go dormant. Plugs should be planted one foot apart. This hardy grass grows on the dunes just above the beach. By anchoring shifting sand and cutting coastal winds, dune grass creates a place where other plants can grow more easily.
We offer Bitter Panicum starting in April or May. Bitter Panicum is a perennial grass recommended for beach dune enhancement and stabilization on coastal beaches and barrier islands. It is an ideal dune plant. The above ground portion of the plant reduces wind velocity allowing sand to drop out of the wind stream and accumulate. The below ground portion of the plant stabilizes and holds the sand in place with an extensive fibrous root and rhizome system. Plant the grass 4 inches deep with spacing no greater than six feet apart.
We will carry Sea Oats starting in April or May. Another perennial grass, Sea Oats are one of the most important and widespread grass on southern coastal dunes. It is a tall, erect grass whose leaves grow 20-40 cm (8-16 inches) in length, and approximately 0.6 cm (1/4 inch) in width. Leaves are thin and taper into pointed tips. They should be planted a foot deep and a foot apart.