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American beach grass, Sand Dune Builder

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American beach grass, Sand Dune Builder
American beach grass, Sand Dune Builder

American beach grass, Ammophila breviligulata, Sand Dune Builder

American beach grass, scientifically known as Ammophila breviligulata, is a perennial grass species native to the coastlines of North America, is commonly found along the sandy shores of coastal areas, primarily in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, including the Great Lakes region. It plays a crucial role in stabilizing sand dunes and preventing erosion.

This grass species has long, narrow, and stiff leaves that grow up to 2 feet (0.6 meters) in length. The leaves have a bluish-green hue, which helps them withstand harsh coastal conditions. American beach grass spreads through an extensive network of underground stems called rhizomes. These rhizomes help the grass adapt to shifting sands and promote vegetative growth, making it an effective dune builder.

Ecosystem Role, The dense root system of American beach grass helps to anchor sand dunes, preventing them from being eroded by wind and water. The stabilized dunes provide crucial habitat for various plant and animal species, including nesting areas for shorebirds. As the grass grows, accumulations of sand get trapped within its stems and leaves, which leads to the formation of new dunes. Over time, this process helps build and maintain coastal dune systems, providing protection against storms and coastal flooding.

Due to its significant ecological role, American beach grass is often used in beach restoration efforts and dune stabilization projects. It is planted in areas where dune erosion has occurred, helping to rebuild and protect the coastline. American beach grass is well adapted to thrive in the harsh and dynamic coastal environment. It can tolerate salt spray, shifting sands, and periods of inundation by seawater during storm events.


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Description

American Beach Grass, Ammophila arenaria occurs on coastal sand dunes throughout the world. Along the west coast of the United States, it thrives in areas of active sand movement and most often occupies the windward slopes of exposed dunes. However, it may extend inland for several miles as well.

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Planting & Care

Additional care and maintenance

Maintaining American beach grass is essential for its health and the stability of coastal dunes. Here are some key considerations for the maintenance needs of American beach grass:

Planting: Plant them in well-drained sandy soil, preferably in early spring or late fall when temperatures are cooler.

Watering: American beach grass is adapted to drought conditions and can tolerate saltwater spray. However, during the initial establishment period, regular watering may be necessary to help the plants establish their root systems. Afterward, they typically do not require additional irrigation.

Fertilization: American beach grass generally does not require fertilization. Sandy soils often lack nutrients, but the grass has adapted to these conditions. However, if the soil is severely depleted, a slow-release, low-nitrogen fertilizer specifically formulated for beach grasses may be applied sparingly.

Weed Control: It is important to control weeds and invasive plants near American beach grass to prevent competition for resources. Regular weeding and removal of unwanted vegetation can help maintain the health and growth of the grass.

Pruning: American beach grass does not require routine pruning. However, if dead or damaged leaves are present, they can be trimmed to maintain a neat appearance. Avoid excessive pruning, as the grass relies on its foliage for sand accumulation and dune stabilization.

Sand Accumulation: To promote dune formation and stability, it may be beneficial to manually add sand to areas where American beach grass is planted. This helps the grass trap sand and build up dunes over time.

Monitoring: Regular monitoring of the health and growth of American beach grass is crucial. Look for signs of stress, disease, or pest infestation and take appropriate action if needed. Additionally, keep an eye on any erosion or shifting of the dunes and take steps to reinforce areas if necessary.

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Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Height: 3-4 ft.
Mature Width: 3-4 ft.
Sunlight: Full sun
Foliage Color: Bluish-Green
Uses: Coastal Regions, Sand Erosion Control
Characteristics: Beach Grasses, Year round interest, Beach Restoration
Soil Conditions: Sandy soils
Does Not Ship To: AZ
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