Please contact Haley Denton for information about the 2019 Backyard Buffer program.

What is the backyard buffer program?

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.

Why should I plant a 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. 

Where can I plant my Buffer?

Buffers can be planted near any area where rain water flows. For example:

  • Near roadside ditches

  • Downhill from hard surfaces such as parking lots or rooftops

  • In areas that flood

  • Along streams, creeks, or rivers