How did your lawn do this summer?

How did your lawn do this summer?

This summer broke records (again) for heat and drought. How did your lawn fare? If your lawn is looking brown and unhealthy, give it some loving care. Fall rains are returning. Now is a good time to assess your lawn care practices and take steps to improve lawn...
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...
Watering will help manage insect problems

Watering will help manage insect problems

If you have plants with insect problems, the worst action you can take is not watering the plants. Many insects only target weak plants. When a plant goes into any kind of stress, it has a different color. This sends a different vibration that is picked up by insects....
Yikes! Chafer beetle invades Washington

Yikes! Chafer beetle invades Washington

What is a chafer beetle? The European chafer beetle is a serious lawn pest. It was introduced to Washington state in 2015. Why should you care? Chafer beetle larvae feed on the roots of turf grass. Many animals find the larvae or grubs irresistible. This includes...
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...
Managing spider mites

Managing spider mites

Hot, dry weather is tough on plants. Plants under water stress are highly susceptible to pest damage. A common pest in landscapes and gardens is spider mites. Spider mites damage plants by sucking juice from the underside of leaves. Unfortunately, they are often not...
Lace bugs in your garden

Lace bugs in your garden

Lace bugs are a problem pest in the Pacific Northwest. Our mild climate means cold weather is unlikely to kill off lace bug in any of its life stages. We wrote about lace bugs last summer. At the time we said you could reduce the problem by taking action in the...
How to manage moles in your lawn

How to manage moles in your lawn

Last May we published a blog post on how to manage moles in your yard. It was one of our most popular blog posts ever. It’s probably because many of you struggle with these small but destructive critters. We are posting it again as a public service to our...
Early spring tree care

Early spring tree care

It’s spring, and delicate pink and white blossoms are appearing on many trees. Ah, the fragrance of a flowering cherry! Early spring is the time to prepare your trees for healthy growth this season. Get a head start on preventing pests and diseases on fruit...
How to manage root weevils

How to manage root weevils

It seems like the root weevil notching appears out of nowhere. Because the adult root weevils feed at night, we see the damage but no insects. Notched leaves, especially along the edges, are a sign that root weevils are at work. These insects primarily chew on...
Managing crane flies

Managing crane flies

Adult crane flies emerge from the soil beneath lawns and other grassy areas in late summer and fall. They have very long legs and look like large mosquitoes. They may drive you crazy, but they are harmless. They don’t bite or sting. Contrary to what chemical...
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...
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