Maryland Bay-Wise Certification

The Maryland Bay-Wise Program

Have you seen those Bay-Wise Certified signs popping up all over Crofton, Maryland, since Labor Day? Thirty members of Crofton Village Garden Club have received their certification since then, and the club received an award at yesterday’s District II semi-annual meeting for our participation in the Bay-Wise Program.

If you live in Maryland, chances are there’s a storm drain within a half-mile of your home – if not a stream, river, or the Chesapeake Bay itself. That’s why your landscaping practices can impact the Bay, even if you live hours away from its shores.

Better water quality through smarter gardening is what the Maryland Bay-Wise Program is all about – and it’s MUCH easier than you might think to become Bay-Wise Certified. In fact, you may already follow landscape practices that satisfy the recommendations of Master Gardeners who conduct the Bay-Wise home visits.

How do you become Bay-Wise Certification?

  1. Download the Maryland Bay-Wise Yardstick for a ist of the recommended landscape practices.
  2. Complete the Maryland yardstick to discover how many of the recommended landscape practices you already follow… and learn about other easy ones you can adopt.
  3. Email the Anne Arundel County Master Gardener Program to schedule a home visit. (List of all Bay-Wise counties in Maryland)

What do they look for?

When I first saw the list of best practices for landscaping management, I was intimidated and read no further. Silly me, because I already followed many of those practices, without even trying. I didn’t discover how easy it was to become certified until I downloaded that Maryland Bay-Wise Yardstick (link above).

Here are a few examples from my own yard…

  • Control stormwater runoff by planting ground covers on thinly vegetated areas, under trees or on slopes to decrease erosion.
  • Encourage wildlife by providing and properly maintaining a water source for wildlife, such as a birdbath or small pond.
  • Mow properly (3-4 inches) to encourage a deeper, more drought- and pest-tolerant root system. A higher cut also shades out weeds.
  • Manage yard pests by recognizing beneficial bugs and letting them live in my yard to provide natural control of harmful pests.
  • Mulch appropriately maintaining no more than a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch over the roots of trees, shrubs, and in planting beds.
  • Plant wisely by incorporating a variety of native plants into your landscape.

Follow the example of Crofton Village Garden Club members to practice environment-friendly landscaping. And don’t forget to request a yard visit from Maryland Master Gardeners to become Bay-Wise Certified.

Crofton Village Garden Club Bay-Wise Certified Members:

  1. Baywise SignJulie Barusky
  2. Gail Brooks
  3. Linda Childs
  4. JoAnn Cook
  5. Camille DeVito
  6. Karen Frost
  7. Betsy Brimm
  8. Cindy Hansen
  9. Paulette Howard
  10. Glenna Kidd
  11. Lynne Malley
  12. Sandy Mattison
  13. Jane McClanahan
  14. Joan Miller
  15. Sally Moore
  16. Mid O’Malley
  17. Rena Pogue
  18. Don Pogue
  19. Nancy Percivall
  20. Marcia Richard
  21. Mary Jo Shook
  22. Gail Schulz
  23. Angela Silverstein
  24. Diane Smith
  25. Donna Sondberg
  26. Pat Stevenson
  27. Diana Teliak
  28. Faye Tolliver
  29. Shirley Townes
  30. Margaret Woda

Learn more about the Crofton Village Garden Club by visiting the ABOUT page of this website.

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