ANNAPOLIS — Your lawn and how you take care of it can have direct impacts on the Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore watersheds.

Lawns comprise more than 3 million acres in the Chesapeake Bay’s watershed. Rainfall can wash away fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals and they can end up flowing into local streams and creeks and eventually the Bay.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Glenstone Museum in Potomac are hosting a free webinar at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 7. on how to make your yard more environmentally friendly and help protect the Bay

The webinar will feature Beth McGee, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s director of science and agriculture policy and Paul Tukey, Glenstone’s chief sustainability officer.

Environmentally and Bay friendly efforts can include the removal of traditional turf lawns and replacing them with native grasses, clovers and plants. That can reduce pollution and fertilizer runoff and help local watershed and wildlife.

“We want to show people the beauty and the benefits of having a more natural landscape,” McGee said in a statement. “We’ll be encouraging homeowners to embrace native plants, add trees, and replace swaths of turf with low maintenance ground covers. The traditional suburban lawn, which often requires fertilizers and herbicides to maintain, is going out of style. We can help you transition into the future.”

Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay can result in harmful algal blooms that deplete oxygen. Those blooms can kill off marine life and have other adverse effects.

The CBF webinar is free but requires registration.

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