There is a right way and a wrong way to do all things. This work ethic includes the world of plants as well. Here are two photos to illustrate a beach installation that included two different groups of installers. The two sites are side by side and only a walking path separates them. The first photo shows how plants that are installed under a state contract (lowest priced bidder) sometimes do not perform well. These types of installations are done hurriedly as the contractor is planting 100’s of thousands of plants at a time and their low bid price does not allow them to take the time to do the job as consistently as we would hope. Many times this leaves a lot to be desired. The second photo was installed a few feet away by a group of high school students that we instructed on site. We held their attention long enough to do a wonderful installation and one they could be proud of. The students planted their site 2 weeks after the contractor in April. The two photos were taken in late July. A really good job kids!!!
Another little secret here is in the depth of planting. The plants on these beach sites should be a minimum of 8 inches below grade (like the work of the students) if not deeper. It actually never hurts to plant as deep as possible in a beach environment. There is enough moisture at deeper depths in the sand to sustain the growth of the newly installed seedlings. Also, the addition of fertilizer and a wetting agent on the second job show that a little extra effort (and expense) can get you a first rate installation. Our goal is to help you have a great looking planting after the hard work is finished. These plants help to stabilize sand movement and build up your dunes to add some protection in the event of storms. We will supply you with the proper instructions to do a truly great installation whether you are a professional landscaper or a home owner wanting to try to add a little protection to your property on your own time.