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...
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...
Winter pruning helps trees and shrubs stay healthy

Winter pruning helps trees and shrubs stay healthy

This is a great time of year to take a close look at your trees and shrubs. Now that deciduous plants have lost their leaves, you can better see their shape and branches. Perhaps you have a plant that is growing too densely. There may be branches that are dead or...
Spider mites? Water is key!

Spider mites? Water is key!

We have written a number of blog posts this year about how important water is to the health of your plants. Spider mites are one more example of why plants need enough water. Our summer’s hot, dry weather is hard on your plants. It is easy for them to get drought...
Smart watering: how much, when and how long to water

Smart watering: how much, when and how long to water

Our current warm, sunny weather is the beginning of the dry season. Your plants will need water throughout the summer. Here are some tips on smart ways to water. Water slowly and deeply for healthy plants.  The best practice is to water deeply and less often. Shallow,...
It’s not too late for winter pruning

It’s not too late for winter pruning

Take time between rainstorms to walk around your yard and look at your trees and shrubs. Do you find ones that are growing too densely? Do you see crossing branches or branches? Do you see signs of damage or disease? Mid to late winter is an excellent time to prune....
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