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what is good to plant in sand dunes?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by walls, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. walls

    walls LawnSite Member
    Posts: 100

    I have to do some planting in sand dunes besides beach grass what else might be good to plant? Before everybody starts talking about conservation, it's all taking care of.
  2. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,034

    They use ice plants in CA, not sure if they would work on the E Coast.

  3. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

  4. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 456

    Cottonwood grow real well around the great lakes and really do help keep the sand in place. I'm not sure how salt tolerant they are though.
  5. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    Down here on the Cape we have to use native plants on dunes. There is one exception in some but not all communities. That is Beach Rose (Rosa rugosa). Check with your local Con-Com to see if you can use it.It thrives once it is established.

    Sweet Fern (Comptonia peregrina) and Northern Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) also does very well once established. Beach Plum (Prunus maritima) will grow well, but is much harder to get established from a nursery plant. Another really good one is Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uvi-ursi). It is a native ground cover that resembles cotoneaster, but is very flat on the ground cover.

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