Most yards have beds that contain plantings of perennial herbaceous plants, shrubs and small trees to provide landscape interest. With a little shovel work, you can transform them into conservation landscapes that retain rainfall and adsorb runoff generated from adjacent turf or hard surfaces.
Conservation Landscaping is the replacement of turf grass with vegetation which is native to the Chesapeake Bay region. It so happens that while you are improving the aesthetics of your yard by creating a dynamic and changing seasonal landscape, you are also improving the quality of water in your closest stream and the Bay by increasing rainwater infiltration on your property. This practice is sometimes referred to as Bayscaping.
“Bay Wise” gardeners are trimming back lawn fertilizer pollution by replacing their lawns with gardens of ferns, wild ginger and other plants native to Maryland.
Rain gardens are a fun and inexpensive way to improve water quality and enhance the beauty of a landscape. This video shows how to add native plants to your rain garden.
Decrease your impact on stormwater and the Chesapeake Bay by farming your yard for habitat and runoff reduction.
You can achieve a form of Chesapeake Bay enlightenment and have a respectable looking yard by doing virtually nothing at all.
It may surprise you, but lawns and turf grass is now the largest crop grown in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.