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....
Dormant oils help prevent insect damage

Dormant oils help prevent insect damage

Some unwanted insects and mites survive the winter on the bark of trees and shrubs. In Harmony applies dormant oils as needed in winter to manage these pests. We use dormant oils to control soft-bodied pests such as scales, mites and aphids. Oils are commonly used on...
Winter pruning: scheduling now

Winter pruning: scheduling now

Winter is a great time to do structural pruning. Since the leaves are gone, you can easily see the plant’s branching structure. It is also easier to detect damaged and diseased branches. The plants are dormant, so diseases and insects that can invade pruning...
Mushrooms sprouting in lawn or garden?

Mushrooms sprouting in lawn or garden?

At this time of year, clients often ask us about mushrooms that have sprouted in their lawn or garden beds. Since this is a common problem, we are updating and reposting a blog post from last year. Should you be concerned? In most cases, the mushrooms are completely...
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