QA Master Gar­den­ers open free Bay-Wise Land­scape Con­sul­ta­tions

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Homes on the East­ern Shore are within a half mile of a stream or other wa­ter­way flow­ing into the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and cre­at­ing an at­trac­tive yard is im­por­tant to all of us, but how we do it can make a huge dif­fer­ence in prop­erty value and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, says Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion Queen Anne’s County Master Gar­dener Co­or­di­na­tor, Rachel Rhodes.

We all con­trib­ute, says Rhodes, whether know­ingly or un­know­ingly — to runoff, seep­age, and air­borne pol­lu­tants that af­fect the health of the Bay. Crit­i­cal aware­ness of the en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fect of our land­scape choices and prac­tices un­der­lies the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion Bay-Wise Master Gar­dener pro­gram.

The Master Gar­den­ers’ BayWise pro­gram kicks off the 2017 sea­son of Bay-Wise land­scape con­sul­ta­tions with Master Gar­den­ers — vol­un­teers who are trained by the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion — who will, on re­quest, come to your home or busi­ness to eval­u­ate your prop­erty. They can an­swer land­scape and gar­den­ing ques­tions and of­fer ad­vice on sound en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tices. This is a free ser­vice spon­sored through the Univer­sity of Mar yland’s Ex­ten­sion of­fice. Home own­ers and busi­nesses are en­cour­aged to sched­ule a con­sul­ta­tion.

Call or email the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion Queen Anne’s County Master Gar­dener Co­or­di­na­tor, Rachel Rhodes, at 410-758-0166 or rjrhodes@umd. edu to ini­ti­ate a con­sul­ta­tion on your prop­erty. A Bay-Wise trained Master Gar­dener will then con­tact you to ar­range a con­ve­nient date and time to meet with you at your prop­erty. A con­sul­ta­tion usu­ally takes about one to two hours, de­pend­ing on the size and com­plex­ity of your yard.

Con­sul­ta­tions fo­cus on prac­tices of healthy lawn main­te­nance, storm wa­ter man­age­ment, in­sect and dis­ease con­trol, com­post­ing waste, and se­lect­ing na­tive plants and trees that en­hance your prop­erty with min­i­mum up­keep. Rhodes en­cour­ages those in­ter­ested to re­quest ad­vice about flower, fruit, and veg­etable beds that beau­tify your yard and pro­vide friendly habi­tat for wildlife like song­birds, but­ter­flies, bees, and hum­ming birds.

Com­pli­men­tary Bay-Wise signs are given homeown­ers and busi­nesses that demon­strate sound Bay-Wise prac­tices. The Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion Master Gar­den­ers hope to reach even more homeown­ers this sea­son. Ad­vice on im­prov­ing your land­scape, while help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and sav­ing time and money, is only a phone call away. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the Bay-Wise Pro­gram and other en­vi­ron­men­tally sound prac­tices, please visit www. ex­ten­sion.umd.edu/baywise or find them on Face­book at https:// www.face­book.com/Queen An­nesCoun­tyMasterGar­den­ers.

Univer­sity of Mar yland 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.

From left, Master Gar­dener Jane Smith, Master Gar­dener Cindy Riegel, home­owner Laura Rocco, Master Gar­dener Betty McA­tee, and Master Gar­dener Joyce An­der­son. Rocco re­ceives Bay-Wise cer­tifi­cate in 2016.

Homeown­ers Irma and Karl Vic­to­rius demon­strate Bay-Wise prac­tices.

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