Credit: USFWSBayScape at MD State Treasury Building
BayScaping: landscaping for the benefit of people, wildlife, and the Chesapeake Bay
you like to save time and money in your yard, while improving water
quality and habitat for wildlife? Then plant a BayScape!
is a BayScape?
a BayScape is a beautiful landscape, planted and maintained to benefit
people, the local environment, and the Chesapeake Bay.
BayScaped landscape is great for the environment. It
uses native plants to:
habitat for local and migratory animals
the need for chemical pesticides and herbicides
BayScape is also valuable for the gardener or landowner because it:
greater visual interest than lawn
the time and expense of mowing, watering, fertilizing and treating
lawn and garden areas
address areas with problems such as erosion, poor soils, steep
slopes or poor drainage
Installing BayScapes on properties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed helps improve local streams and waterways, the Bay's waters and the habitat the area provides. However, you don't
have to live in the Chesapeake
Bay watershed to practice this type of landscaping.
The principles of BayScaping have been applied to many other regions,
and are referred to by a variety of terms including “xeriscaping,” “beneficial
landscaping,” and “conservation landscaping.”
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