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Updated: September 16, 2021

Recommended Native Plants for Maryland

Find native plant recommended for Maryland gardens and landscapes.
monarda fistulosa plants in bloom with lavender flowers
Updated: June 23, 2021

Tips for Choosing Trees and Shrubs

Tips for tree and shrub selection in Maryland
southern magnolia blossom
Updated: September 16, 2021

Reducing Lawns - Case Studies

View several examples of portions of lawns being replaced with climate-friendly plants and landscaping.
Updated: August 31, 2021

Natural Area Management Services webinar series

This webinar series, designed for green industry professionals, was held in two parts (fall 2020 and spring 2021).
A Maryland county forester talks with a landowner
Updated: May 19, 2021

Plants for Mixed Privacy Screens

Don't fall into the trap of selecting plants not suitable for the location or planting them too close together.
evergreen screen plants
Updated: March 28, 2021

The Right Tree For Your Lawn

Everyone has a role in restoring water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and what better way to help than by planting trees? It is easy to forget just how much we depend on trees. They provide life-giving oxygen and food, regulate temperatures, sequester carbon, and yield raw materials for building.
planting a tree in the yard
Updated: February 11, 2021

Riparian Buffer Management: An Introduction to the Riparian Forest Buffer

A riparian forest buffer encompasses the area from the streambank to and including an area of vegetation located upslope from the water. This publication provides background information on this habitats.
Updated: February 3, 2021

Green Facades: Ecologically Designed Vertical Vegetation Helps Create a Cleaner Environment (FS-978)

Green facades are self-sufficient vertical gardens that are attached to a structure built along a building’s exterior. The facades differ from other green walls in that the plants are rooted in soil adjacent to the building rather than fastened to the wall itself. The plants receive water and nutrients from ground soil or hanging planter boxes. The concept of the green facade dates back to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in 600 BC. Green facades have many uses and are considered an ecological technology. Once established, green facades need little maintenance and can grow as tall and as wide as its supporting trellis system will allow, depending on the plant species used.
Updated: January 6, 2021

Biomass Production Study of Hybrid Poplar Grown on Deep trenched Municipal Biosolids

Hybrid poplar trees 2-6 years old were grown on a gravel mine spoil in southern Maryland that had biosolids applied using deer row application. The trees were harvested and processed to determine their biomass on a dry weight basis. The data was analyzed and regression analysis was used to create equations that could predict biomass from tree diameter at breast height. The equations developed would allow less intensive data collection and growth assessment of other stands of poplars.