University of Maryland Extension

Bay-Wise Program

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During Bay-Wise programming, Master Gardeners educate the public about Bay-Wise landscape management best practices and conduct one-on-one site visits at private/public properties to help qualify the properties for the following certifications: UME Bay-Wise Maryland Yardstick for Landscapes and UME Bay-Wise Maryland Yardstick for Vegetable Gardens. 

Please visit the county/city Master Gardener Program websites for programming details.

To learn more about the Bay-Wise Program, please visit the Bay-Wise homepage for details.

In Maryland, county and city Master Gardeners who have taken the 9 to 12 hours of advanced training in Bay-Wise Landscape Management, form a committee to plan Bay-Wise activities in and around their county such as:

  1. one-on-one site visits to help county residents qualify to have their landscapes certified as Bay-Wise using the MD Yardstick,

  2. classes and lectures to community groups,

  3. teaching youth in schools/community projects,

  4. staffing information booths at community fairs.

How Do I Get My Home Landscape Certified as Bay-Wise?

Interested in making your landscape more environmentally sound? Follow these three steps:

  1. Download the appropriate MD Yardstick [for landscapes (PDF) or for food gardens (PDF)] along with an application
  2. Complete the MD Yardstick
  3. Contact the Master Gardener program in your county to sign up for a site visit for certification. Do not submit your completed Yardstick and application before you contact your local Master Gardener Program.

Once the Master Gardeners certify your home landscape you may receive a small sign to display in your landscape and a certificate. Even if you do not have your landscape certified, you can still do plenty to reduce pollutants going into the Chesapeake Bay by following the suggestions in the MD Yardstick.

To learn more about the Bay-Wise Program, please visit the Bay-Wise homepage for details.

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