Cape Cod Organic Farm has been a grower and installer of Cape American Beach Grass for over 25 years. We sell bundles of 220 culms or stems for both retail and wholesale. We also specialize in installation

The Origin of Cape American Beach Grass, Ammophila breviligulata

The plants themselves originated from Sandy Neck in Barnstable, Massachusetts. The Natural Resource Conservation Service chose this particular variety of beach grass because of its desirable characteristics of wide leaf surface and the ability to produce multiple stems. These characteristics combine to provide superior sand-trapping efficiencies.

Why is planting beach grass in coastal communities important?

Sand dunes erode by design as they absorb storm energies. Cape American Beach grass is widely used to stabilize dunes and protect our communities. During hurricanes and storms, sand dunes protect wildlife habitats, our land and our property.


Establishing and maintaining Cape American Beach Grass

Use a spade or dibble bar for beach planting. Planting units should consist of two stems (culms), per 6-8-inch deep planting hole. Space each planting unit (two stems) 12 inches apart in staggered rows. Each culm should be dormant, firm, and have at least one healthy growing node. Plant in full-sun, on a well-drained soil, from October 1 to March 30 in the Mid-Atlantic region. Fertilization should be done using a (16-8-8) or (10-10-10) fertilizer in 2 applications from March 1st to June 1st. The application rate is approximatley 100lbs per acre.

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