Landscaping Shore Locations

The first thing that needs done to a shore house is to find a way to anchor the sand and keep it from blowing. This is where planting comes in. Using plants, along with accents, like statuary or birdbaths or fountains help to keep the sand from piling against your home. Eurpoen beach grass is the perfect plant for your foundation. This grass is a hardy type that will grow basically anywhere!

This plant is commonly used to combat sand. It can be planted right into the sand, sending out roots in all directions, to catch and hold the sand in place. As the sand piles up, more roots are formed. You can obtain this grass from digging it up, dividing it up, and replanting it; just make sure each piece that is divided has roots and two or more leaves. Cut the tops, leaving only 18 inches. They should be planted about 6 inches deep into the sand, and should be set at least two feet apart from one another.

Beach plants should not be planted in a straight row, but rather should be planted in a zig-zagged pattern. This allows the roots to grow out. Spring is the best time to plant, although it can be done in autumn. You can create a ridge or dune sooner by using mechanical means, or you can ridge the areas with hand tools if it is not large. Large areas would require a bulldozer. You can also place a snow fence in the line of the prevailing wind to collect a ridge of sand in a short time.

You can also create a similar structure with stakes and tree branches to catch the sand. Form your ridge on the shore side with beach grass sea goldenrod, and beach wormwood. Virginia creeper is another good sand binder. These structures are not strong enough in severe winds though. They are best used if there is also beach grass planted, or in areas where the wind does not hit to hard.

On the left of the dun you can plant a variety of plants. Bayberry, Rugosa rose, and beach plum are the most popular and practical of choices. The southern wax myrtle is great for southern locations. Japanese black pine is a good option of evergreen for the Atlantic coast. White Spruce is a natural grower along the New England coast. 

Some other plants you can consider, based on your location, include the Russian Olive and Cherry Elegnus. Both have grayish leaves and are fast growing shrubs. The Olive, if not too exposed, can grow into a small tree. Tamarisks is a small flowering shrub that can grow in salt water. If you establish the windbreak, your area is open to mauch more planting options like hydrangea, roses, hawthorn, and the Brooms.