University of Maryland Extension

Bay-Wise Landscaping

The Maryland Bay-Wise Program focuses on water quality. Our Goal is to help Maryland residents improve the quality and quantity of water here in Maryland. It is comprised of a comprehensive set of environmental topics. Maryland Master Gardeners complete about 10 hours of advanced training before providing this information to the public.

The Bay-Wise Program hopes to teach residents to:

  • Fertilize Wisely

  • Water Efficiently 
  • Mow Properly
  • Control Stormwater Runoff
  • Mulch Appropriately
  • Recycle Yard Waste
  • Manage Yard Pests with Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Plant Wisely
  • Encourage Wildlife
  • Protect the Waterfront

Baltimore County Master Gardeners Bay-Wise Committee

The Baltimore County Master Gardeners are available to provide Bay-Wise Landscaping information in the following formats.

  • One-on-one site visits to help county residents qualify to have their landscapes certified as Bay-Wise using the MD Yardstick, see below.
  • Classes and lectures to community groups and businesses.
  • Teaching youth in schools/community projects.
  • Staffing information booths at community fairs.

If you would like to have BCMG's provide information to your school or community group, please email us at asmarr@umd.edu


If you would like to have Baltimore County Master Gardeners visit your property for certification, please complete the following application and Bay-Wise Yardstick and mail them to:
Patsy Pahr
University of Maryland
Baltimore County Extension
510 Stevenson Lane
Towson, 21286
For information about the statewide program visit www.extension.umd.edu/baywise

Download File:
Bay-Wise Yardstick Application

Download File:
Bay-Wise Yardstick

Bay-Wise in Baltimore County Master Gardeners

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