University of Maryland Extension

Bay-Wise Gardening

Most Maryland residents live within a half-mile of a storm drain, stream or river.  Most of those waterways eventually drain into the Chesapeake Bay.  What we do to maintain our own landscapes can affect the health of our local waterways (drainage ditches, streams, and rivers), the Chesapeake Bay and our environment.  We all need to do our part to take care of our waterways and environment.  By changing a few simple landscape practices, you and your family can help keep Maryland communities healthy. 

We teach these healthy practices several ways, but most often by visiting with residents in their own yards, helping them to improve their gardening experiences. Using a tool we call the Yardstick, we review environemntally sound stewardship practices and provide residents with a valuable packet of informations. Residents whose practices earn 36 inches or more (on the Yardstick) are certified as Bay-Wise and may post a Bay-Wise sign showing their good stewardship. 

For more information on Bay-Wise practices or to request a yard visit please email Rachel Rhodes rjrhodes@umd.edu or call 410-758-0166. 

Download a Yardstick and see how your yard measures up!

Bay-Wise Yardstick

Bay-Wise Yardstick for Vegetable Gardens

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