University of Maryland Extension

Water and Chesapeake Bay

Calvert Bay-Wise Master Gardeners

Calvert County is a long, narrow peninsula bordered on the West by the Patuxent River and by the Chesapeake Bay on the East. Our residents live within a mile or less of a shoreline or a tributary that flows directly into the River or the Bay. How we maintain our own landscapes affects the health of our local waterways, the Chesapeake Bay, our citizens and our environment. If we all change a few simple landscape practices, we can help keep Calvert and Maryland communities healthy.

The University of Maryland Extension Bay-Wise Program would like to encourage you to use sustainable management practices in your yard and garden, that will help improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Areas of focus include:
Encourage Wildlife
Protect the Waterfront
Mow Properly/ Water Efficiently
Manage Yard Pests with Integrated Pest Management 
Mulch Appropriately/ Recycle Yard Waste
Fertilize Wisely
Plant Wisely
Include Native Plants

Home or Community Site Visit

Bay-Wise trained Master Gardeners are available to provide information on dealing with concerns such as storm water management, erosion, integrated pest management, composting and inclusion of native plants in the landscape. You can invite us to visit your yard or community space to provide a Consultation or Certification.
1. Download the Bay-Wise Yardstick to see how your yard measures up! Yardstick for Landscapes or Yardstick for Vegetable Gardens.
2. For more information on Bay-Wise practices, watch this video.
3. To request a yard or community space visit and to start spreading the Bay- Wise philosophy in your neighborhood, please contact the Calvert County Extension Office at 410-535-3662.

Community Events and Talks

If you would like to have Calvert County Master Gardeners provide information or give a talk to your school or community group, please call the Calvert County Extension Office at 410-535-3662.     



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