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

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

Download File:
Bay-Wise Yardstick Application

Download File:
Bay-Wise Yardstick

Bay-Wise in Baltimore County Master Gardeners

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