Master Gardeners offer spring landscape advice
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Master Gardeners’ Bay-Wise Committee announced the launch of the group’s 2016 season of free landscape consultations. Advice on improving your landscape, while helping the environment and saving time and money, is only a phone call away. Master Gardeners are trained by the University of Maryland Extension Program to serve as knowledgeable volunteers in the mid-shore region. There is never a charge for their time or advice.
Master Gardeners know creating an attractive yard is important to many, but how it is created can make a huge difference in property value and environmental impact. According to the extension service, most homes in the Queen Anne’s County and Kent County area are within a half mile of a stream or other waterway flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. “We all contribute — knowingly or unknowingly — to runoff, seepage, and airborne pollutants that end up in the Bay. Homeowners living on the shoreline have a particularly direct responsibility to conservation landscaping. Critical awareness of the environmental effect of our landscape choices and practices underlies the Master Gardener program,” said Liz Hammond, Master Gardeners’ Bay Wise Committee.
While Master Gardeners are horticulturists not landscape designers, teachers not installers, they are educated through the University of Maryland Extension to evaluate property and make recommendations. Master Gardeners focus on such issues as healthy lawn maintenance, erosion and drainage, insect and disease control, composting waste, and selecting native plants and trees that enhance property with minimum upkeep. They can also assist in planning for flower, fruit, and vegetable beds that not only beautify yards, but provide friendly habitat for native wildlife including songbirds, butterflies, bees, and humming birds. Complimentary Bay-Wise Award yard signs identify properties that demonstrate sound Bay-Wise practices.
In 2015, Bay-Wise Master Gardeners consulted on and awarded certification to numerous properties throughout Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties. The group hopes to further that outreach this season. To initiate a consultation on your property, call or email Queen Anne’s Master Gardener Coordinator Molly Garrett at 410-7580166 or mgarret1@umd. edu.
If residents desire a consultation, a Bay-Wise team will schedule with the homeowner a convenient time to meet and evaluate the property. A consultation typically takes one to two hours, depending on the size and complexity of the yard. Master Gardener visits and advice are free.
University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all people and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.
The Centreville Town Council presents Barton Ross with a certificate of appreciate for his time devoted to the town’s planning commission during the Thursday, March 24, town meeting.