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6 ways to help nature in your yard in 2023

Would you like to improve your yard’s contribution to helping birds, wildlife, pollinators and the planet in 2023? Here are a few steps you could take to help nature in your yard in 2023. Plant native plants and flowers  “Native plants improve water quality, provide habitat, reduce streambank erosion and can improve property values,” according […]

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Pause to honor the winter solstice

The days are getting shorter and the nights longer as we approach the winter solstice. At our northern latitude, the sun now sets before 4:30 pm. We understand why many holiday traditions involve lights to push back the darkness. We hope your holiday season is filled with light and joy, comfort and cheer. At In Harmony, […]

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Enjoy holiday light shows at local public spaces

The days grow shorter and the nights longer in December, as we approach the winter solstice. It’s a good time to enjoy some holiday light shows and activities. Public gardens and zoos offer a number of options to help escape from the darkness. Seattle’s Dunn Gardens offers a Winter Spiral Celebration on December 9 and 10 […]

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Help the hungry this holiday season

We are sorry to report that we are once again postponing our annual food drive. For 15 years we collected food from our clients on service visits and delivered it to Northwest Harvest. Over that time our generous clients have donated more than 20 tons of food! When the pandemic started, we decided to put […]

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Fall garden cleanup: do’s and don’ts

It’s autumn, and leaves are falling. You will have less work in your yard and garden next year if you take time this fall to do some cleanup. But you don’t want to clean up everything. A sanitized garden won’t provide food and shelter for birds and beneficial insects. Here is an infographic with quick tips […]

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Pro tips on how to mulch

This is a great time of year to think about mulching your landscape. A recent article in the Seattle Times presents pro tips on how to mulch. Mulch your soil like nature does, says professional gardener Christina Pfeiffer. Think of your landscape like a woodland, with a mix of trees, shrubs and perennials. Leaves and twigs […]

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Why plant or transplant in fall? Several great reasons

Now that cooler weather has moved in, it’s a great time to think about adding new trees, shrubs and perennials to your landscape. Where do you have bare spaces? Where would you like to add more color or seasonal interest? Fall is also a good time to move plants that aren’t doing well in their […]

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Tips for managing powdery mildew

Have you seen powdery mildew on your plants? This is the time of year when conditions are ideal for this fungal disease. Powdery mildew is common on a wide range of plants, including annuals, perennials, food crops such as squash and pumpkins, and ornamental shrubs such as roses, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, some azaleas, nandina and crape […]

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7 tips to build soil health

Our approach at In Harmony focuses on building healthy soil, which is vital for plant health. Healthy plants lead to a landscape that is sustainable and easier to maintain. A recent article in Fine Gardening has great tips for how to “Put the Life Back into Your Soil.” The article focuses on how to support […]

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