Growing grass by the Chesapeake bay

Asked February 26, 2018, 12:26 PM EST

Our backyard ends at the Chesapeake bay. About six feet of the back strip gets a lot of salt water spray and very little of the grass grows t here. We are concerned about runoff. Is there a type of grass that will grow despite the salt water spray? Thanks

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After research, most of the top performing salt-tolerant species ended up being fine fescues. The term fine fescue represents 5 turfgrass species that all have very similar traits including shade tolerance, drought tolerance and low fertility requirement. Fine fescues include slender creeping red fescue, strong creeping red fescue, sheep fescue, Chewings fescue and hard fescue. From the five species of fine fescues, research has shown that slender and strong creeping red fescue are best in salt loading situations and in areas receiving reduced fertility, thus making them a perfect choice for a salt-tolerant mixture. And a great choice by the Bay where fertilizer is such a problem.

Zoysiagrass is also salt tolerant.