How to Landscape 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. 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. Use this natural feature of beach grass to control erosion in your landscape, even if you don't live on the coast. Beach grass will grow in nearly any type of soil.

Step 1

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. Eventually the plants will form a wall of sand dunes and protect the rest of the beach from being washed away by the waves.

Step 2

Control erosion on hillsides by planting beach grass. Even in the poorest, most infertile soil, beach grass will take hold and keep the side of the hill from tumbling down.

Step 3

Plant beach grass in dry, sandy soils where few other plants will grow and survive. This plant will thrive planted in cutouts in concrete patios or terraces, islands in parking lots, or even highway medians.

Step 4

Plant beach grass as a landscape specimen or among other varieties of grass in a perennial garden. Space them at least 24 inches away from other plants.


  • University of Delaware: Landscaping with Coastal and Marsh Plants
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture: Plant Guide--American Beach Grass
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