Summer reading: enjoy a great book about gardening

Summer reading: enjoy a great book about gardening

August is a great time to lounge outside with a good book and a cold drink. Here’s an idea for your leisure time: read a book about gardening that will both entertain and educate you. Here are three recommendations. Cheers! Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education...
It’s time to water your trees!

It’s time to water your trees!

We are seeing signs of drought stress in many of our clients’ trees. Perhaps leaves have wilted, turned brown or dropped. Perhaps twigs, or even small branches, have dropped. Are you seeing these signs in any of your trees? The time to water your trees is now!...
Don’t top your tree for views

Don’t top your tree for views

Perhaps you have a large tree that is blocking your view of the water or mountains. Some people think the solution is to top the tree to make it shorter. That is not a good short-term or long-term strategy. Trees may enhance your view by framing the vista and adding...
Celebrate Pollinator Week

Celebrate Pollinator Week

Next week, June 17-23, is Pollinator Week. Join others to celebrate pollinators in this annual national event. We love pollinators because they help flowers bloom and crops grow. Pollinators include bees, moths, wasps, butterflies, many insects and even bats. A third...
Design for a low-maintenance landscape

Design for a low-maintenance landscape

Do you spend too much time maintaining your garden and not enough time enjoying it? At In Harmony, we believe in designing and installing landscapes that will look good over the long term without requiring a lot of maintenance. A sustainable landscape is a beautiful...
7 tips for water-wise gardening

7 tips for water-wise gardening

It’s only May, and large parts of Washington are already in a drought. On Monday Governor Inslee announced that he is declaring a drought emergency for nearly half the state. The emergency is caused by low snowfall and a lower than average snowpack. Fortunately,...
Soil is alive

Soil is alive

At In Harmony, we talk a lot about building healthy soil. But what does that mean? Take a moment to consider: soil is alive. It is not just the dirt under your fingernails. Soil is teeming with tiny critters that work to keep plants healthy. Unfortunately, many urban...
Hot weather, time to water!

Hot weather, time to water!

Local temperatures could soar to record levels later this week. Seattle may be warmer than Phoenix, an unusual occurrence. Friday’s highs are forecast to be in the mid-80s F in Seattle and lower 80s F in Phoenix. It is time to water your landscape. Your lawn and...
New plants? Choose wisely and water well

New plants? Choose wisely and water well

In April and May, nurseries and plant sales are bursting with plants. From shrubs and trees to annuals and perennials, there are many gorgeous choices. As our summers get hotter and drier, it is worth seeking out plants that will thrive, once established, with little...
Add mulch now to reduce summer water needs

Add mulch now to reduce summer water needs

A thick layer of mulch is an effective way to reduce your plants’ water needs. A few inches of mulch insulates the soil and helps to keep it from drying out. As our summers get hotter and drier, mulch is increasingly important to help keep your plants and trees from...
Celebrate Earth Day this month

Celebrate Earth Day this month

Earth Day is Monday, April 22. It is a good reminder to all of us that our planet needs our help. The right time to take action to help our planet is today. Not tomorrow or next month or next year. Earth Day events  Many organizations sponsor events related to Earth...
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