Join us in supporting Northwest Harvest

Join us in supporting Northwest Harvest

When we started In Harmony 22 years ago, one of our main goals was to help reconnect human beings to the planet. We wanted to move beyond “better living through chemicals” and help people understand how important Mother Nature’s wellbeing is and how her health is...
Joys of the garden

Joys of the garden

It’s the end of summer. Time to just relax and enjoy your garden. Here are some photos and quotes to remind you of what gardens bring to our lives.          
Dealing with powdery mildew

Dealing with powdery mildew

Late summer in western Washington provides ideal conditions for powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is common on a wide range of plants, including annuals, perennials, food crops and ornamental shrubs. To help you manage it, we are updating a post on powdery mildew from...
Managing lace bugs

Managing lace bugs

Plants that are drought stressed are more susceptible to insect pests and diseases. As we discussed in last week’s post about drought stress in trees, stressed plants often emit distress signals that many damaging insects pick up on. We are seeing signs of lace...
Flowers for late summer and fall color

Flowers for late summer and fall color

Many gardens look spent and tired in August. The early perennials have bloomed and faded, and many annuals have died back. But late summer and fall can be a great time for vibrant, colorful flowers. Here are some ideas for flowers that will bloom from now into fall....
How to deal with spider mites

How to deal with spider mites

  Have you noticed damage on some of your plants in this hot, dry weather? It could be spider mites. Mites are common pests in landscapes and gardens. Spider mites damage plants by sucking juice from the underside of leaves. Unfortunately, they are often not...
Sea kelp helps plants thrive

Sea kelp helps plants thrive

We love sea kelp. Sea kelp has been found to improve growth and color of plants and to enhance flowering in some species of plants. Sea kelp benefits plants because it: Contains trace elements that are deficient in most garden soils\ Supplies potassium, an essential...
Summer is a great time for pruning

Summer is a great time for pruning

Summer is a great time to prune your trees and shrubs. The plants have gone through their big spring push. They are preparing for the summer heat and producing buds for next year’s spring growth. This spring has been as close to perfect growing conditions as we...
Plant flowers for pollinators

Plant flowers for pollinators

One of the best things you can do to honor National Pollinator Week, June 20-26, is to plant wildflowers, flowering shrubs and native plants in your garden. Bees, butterflies and other pollinators use nectar as their primary food source. Choose plants that bloom at...
Video tips: measuring how much water

Video tips: measuring how much water

How do you know how much water your lawn and landscape are getting? This video shows easy ways to tell if your plants are receiving too much or too little water. Use rain sensors and rain gauges to find out how much rain your landscape received. Use tuna cans to...
Plants that tolerate drought are winners

Plants that tolerate drought are winners

It’s been hot in the Seattle area–already. Will we have another extremely hot and dry summer like last year? Last year was outside the norm, but climate change is likely to mean more heat and less water in the summer. How much will you want to water your...
How to water for a healthy lawn

How to water for a healthy lawn

It’s going to be hot for the next several days. Time to think about watering your lawn. Did you know that HOW you water your lawn affects its overall health? This video has tips for smart watering to help you grow a lush, healthy lawn. It explains both how to...
Compost tea helps build soil and plant health

Compost tea helps build soil and plant health

In Harmony uses compost tea to build soil and plant health as part of our natural tree and shrub care service. We offer soil soaks with compost tea in spring and fall. For as long as people have recognized the benefit of using compost, people have made compost tea....
How to fertilize your lawn

How to fertilize your lawn

May is a great month to fertilize your lawn. Using organic or slow-release fertilizer will slowly feed your lawn over time. It is also less likely to run off into local streams and lakes. This video explains how to choose fertilizer, how to measure the right amount...
How to water a newly planted tree

How to water a newly planted tree

Have you planted a tree in your yard recently? New trees need regular water during the first few growing seasons to help them build strong, deep roots. Water bags, commonly known as Tree Gators, provide a convenient way to ensure that your young trees get slow, deep...
How to plant and water new plants

How to plant and water new plants

Did all the spring blooms get you excited about your garden? Did you buy new plants or trees from your local nursery or plant sale? Now what? You will be more successful if you start out right: prepare the hole, plant at the proper depth and width, and give the new...
Join In Harmony in supporting Fisher House and our veterans

Join In Harmony in supporting Fisher House and our veterans

In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes is very happy to donate our time and services to the Fisher House, located at the Veterans Hospital in Seattle. This is a special place for families of veterans to stay close to their loved ones while they are hospitalized. We believe...
Know your soil: get a soil test

Know your soil: get a soil test

In order to grow a healthy lawn and garden, you need to know your soil. A soil test will tell you what nutrients your soil needs, its acidity and the organic matter content. This video explains how to take soil samples in your lawn. We recommend sending your samples...
Now is the time to aerate and overseed your lawn

Now is the time to aerate and overseed your lawn

Annual aeration and overseeding are important to keep your lawn green and healthy. Aeration helps air, water and fertilizer penetrate into the root zone. Overseeding thickens the lawns, which helps ward against weeds and moss. Top dressing with compost adds nutrients...
Dealing with moss problems in lawns

Dealing with moss problems in lawns

Are you fighting moss in your lawn? Moss invades lawns when the grass does not have the right conditions to be healthy. If the lawn is healthy and in a location that favors grass, it can outcompete moss. Still, western Washington provides an ideal growing environment...
How to mow to keep your lawn healthy

How to mow to keep your lawn healthy

The grass is growing, and your lawn may need mowing. Before you get out the mower, take a look at this video about how to mow for a healthy lawn. A properly mowed lawn will need less fertilizer, better resist weeds and have less drought stress in summer. The star is...
Choosing the right apple tree

Choosing the right apple tree

Do you like the idea of eating apples off your own tree? Perhaps you haven’t planted a tree because you have heard that our damp climate makes it challenging to grow apples. The good news is that you can successfully grow healthy, delicious apples in western...
Winter is a great time to prune

Winter is a great time to prune

January and February are great months to prune your trees and shrubs. Woody plants are dormant, and deciduous trees and shrubs have lost their leaves, making it easy to see their shape. In Harmony has ISA Certified Arborists on staff. They are experts at selective...
Celebrating nature and the winter solstice

Celebrating nature and the winter solstice

The winter solstice has been celebrated in cultures around the world for thousands of years. The solstice marks the shortest, darkest day of the year. It also marks the rebirth of the sun, when days begin to grow longer. This year the winter solstice occurs in Seattle...
Time to give thanks

Time to give thanks

Thank you to our clients for your business and for trusting us with your landscapes. And thank you for being our partners in building a healthier planet one landscape at a time. Here is an Iroquois prayer of thanksgiving. We return thanks to our mother, the earth,...
Fall is a great time to plant

Fall is a great time to plant

There’s a good article this week on Houzz about why you should plant in the fall. Here’s a quick summary. Planting in fall will stress your plants less: cooler temperatures and no hot sun to scorch them. You don’t have to spend a lot of time watering...
Help! My evergreen is dropping its needles!

Help! My evergreen is dropping its needles!

Sometimes clients ask our staff, “What’s wrong with my cedar (or pine or fir)?! It’s dropping its needles!” Most frequently, the answer is “Nothing.” This is a natural condition. Every fall and especially after exceptionally dry summers, some evergreen trees...
Crane flies are back!

Crane flies are back!

Have you seen these long-legged insects flying around your lawn or home recently? No, they are not large mosquitoes. They are adult European crane flies. Contrary to what chemical companies may tell you, right now is not the time to worry about or treat for this...
How to manage powdery mildew

How to manage powdery mildew

Do your squash plants look like they’ve been dusted with flour or talcum powder? Does your rhododendron have spots on the leaves? You may have powdery mildew. Powdery mildew does best when damp nights are followed by warm, sunny days, such as in late summer and...
Help save our pollinators!

Help save our pollinators!

This week we celebrate the pollinators that are vital to our ecosystems. June 15-21 is National Pollinator Week. The celebration is part of a larger effort by the Pollinator Partnership to protect pollinators and their habitat across North America and globally. “About...
How to create a songbird-friendly garden

How to create a songbird-friendly garden

Make your garden sing! Your garden is a refuge for you and your family. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could hear the sweet melody of songbirds while you’re enjoying your yard? Many species of songbirds are declining due to habitat loss. You can easily create...
Help backyard wildlife: keep your tree’s dead branches

Help backyard wildlife: keep your tree’s dead branches

You probably know that “snags” or dead and dying trees are valuable for birds and other wildlife. Over 1,200 wildlife species rely on dead, dying or hollow trees for dens, roost areas and feeding sites. Did you know that living trees with dead or dying limbs are at...
Five native ferns for the shade garden

Five native ferns for the shade garden

In our recent client survey, many of you asked for plant recommendations. We’ll share plant ideas with you from time to time. Here is a start. Ferns are a great choice for the shade garden. Many ferns are native to Washington state. The Washington Native Plant Society...
Mowing tips for a healthy lawn

Mowing tips for a healthy lawn

It’s spring, and everyone’s lawn is growing again. Now is a good time to review your mowing practices. They can make a big difference in how well your lawn performs. Start with your mower. Next time you haul it out of the garage, take a good look. Is the blade sharp?...
Managing moss in the lawn

Managing moss in the lawn

When we asked our clients what you wanted to know about your landscape, many of you asked about moss. Moss is a very successful plant in the Pacific Northwest. But you knew that already. If you have moss in your lawn, it means the lawn does not have the right...
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