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Celebrate the winter solstice and the sun’s rebirth

The dark days of late December may bring festive occasions with family and friends. We hope your holiday season is filled with joy and laughter, comfort and cheer. At In Harmony, we work to connect our practices and our clients’ landscapes with the rhythms of Mother Nature. Thus we like to pause and acknowledge the… […]

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Thank you to our clients!

Thank you to our wonderful clients! We greatly appreciate your business and thank you for trusting us with your landscapes. Some of you have been with us for many years, and we are grateful for our long-term relationship. And we also thank you for being our partners in building a healthier planet one landscape at… […]

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How does your landscape look? It’s time to review the good, the bad and the ugly

This is a great time to look back at how your landscape performed this year. Take a stroll around your yard (between rainstorms). How does your landscape look after the growing season? Which plants grew well? Which ones struggled during the hot summer? What has changed in your yard, or your life, that may mean… […]

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Do’s and don’ts for fall garden cleanup

Cleaning up your landscape in the fall will help keep it healthy and reduce maintenance tasks next year. But some fall cleanup can be unnecessary or even counterproductive. Here are some tips and what to do—and what not to do. Fall garden cleanup: do this Do rake leaves off your lawn. Leaves, especially wet leaves,… […]

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Please donate to help reduce hunger

In Harmony has traditionally organized a food drive for Northwest Harvest each fall. For 16 years we have 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! We are sad to report that we have put… […]

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Managing chafer beetles: what to do in September

What are chafer beetles and why should I care? The European chafer beetle is a serious lawn pest that is spreading and causing lots of problems throughout the Seattle area. So far, the heaviest concentrations are in the South End, such as Rainier Valley, West Seattle and Burien. The chafer beetle “could pose the biggest […]

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Help City Fruit feed the community

Many backyard gardeners don’t eat all the fruit that their trees produce. That’s where City Fruit comes in. The organization’s staff and volunteers harvest excess fruit from trees and donate it to local food banks and other food programs. You can help City Fruit feed the community in a few different ways. 1. Sign up… […]

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How to water your landscape

The weather is hot again, with highs predicted in the 80s over the next few days. To help your plants survive in the summer heat, they need water. Don’t delay! How to water effectively Water slowly and deeply for healthy plants. The best practice is to water deeply and less often. Shallow, frequent watering creates… […]

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Water your trees for their health

With the prolonged drought this spring, and the recent record heat wave, your trees are likely suffering from drought stress. This makes them more prone to diseases and pests. You need to water your trees during hot, dry weather to keep them healthy and improve their resistance to insects and diseases. Over the last several… […]

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Gardening and climate change

The mind-boggling heat over the last few days has many people thinking hard about climate change. Here is a headline from last Friday’s Seattle Times: “‘Jaw-dropping’ forecast is warning sign of climate change’s future impact in Washington, scientists say.” The region has warmed nearly two degrees since 1900. “Now, when you have heat waves, when […]

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