Backyard Buffers

The Backyard Buffer program, supported by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources,  provides Anne Arundel County homeowners free trees and shrubs to create a native woodland buffer.

A woodland buffer enhances your landscape, creates habitat for wildlife and reduces the amount of sediment, fertilizer, and toxic materials that enter our waterways. Deep-rooted trees and shrubs can also stabilize stream banks, protecting them from erosion. 

Order your seedling bundles! Ordering for Backyard Buffers 2017 will be opening in late February/ early March. If you would like to receive an email notification when ordering opens, please fill out the form below. 

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In 2015, the Backyard Buffer program installed over 2,400 trees and shrubs at 90 properties across Anne Arundel County!

Where can I plant my Buffer?

  • Roadside Ditches 
  • Downhill from Hard Surfaces
  • Areas that Flood
  • Streams, Creeks, Rivers