|By Marketwire .||
|September 24, 2012 12:00 PM EDT||
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/24/12 -- When springtime bulbs start to appear for sale in September in garden nurseries, Janet Moyer Landscaping (JML) begins its annual "chillin' time" to prepare fall bulbs for spring flowers that will bloom in their clients' gardens.
"Because winters around the San Francisco Bay Area are not cold enough to simulate winters in other parts of the country, we need to give the bulbs a little help," says Janet Moyer, company founder and co-owner. She notes that while last year's bulbs in the area will come up again, most of them will be small and short. In particular, tulips, hyacinths and freesias need a good chill before planting.
Each year, Janet and her team head out to purchase more than 6,000 bulbs to fill four large refrigerators at the business office on Valencia Street. They buy an assortment of pre-selected and packaged bulbs that make it convenient to plan a specific collection for each client's garden, according to size, palate and quantity. This also helps take the guesswork out of the task.
"Bulbs bloom at different times so we select an assortment for a long season of color," Janet explains. "We might plant about half at one time and wait two weeks or so to finish so the bloom show will be extended."
Daffodils do not need a chill to bloom again the following year. They actually multiply and add more blooms if they are not located in a soggy place over the summer.
"We hope to have had our first rain when we start planting the bulbs from Thanksgiving through December to make the earth softer to dig in," says Janet.
Janet also points out that fall is a good time to consider how well your garden has performed this year while it is still fresh in your mind. What grew especially well? What didn't? Were there any surprises or things to do differently for the new year? Planting in the fall allows plants to establish themselves and get sturdy roots before performing. Planning for spring can make the dark days of winter seem shorter.
About Janet Moyer Landscaping
Founded in 1990, Janet Moyer Landscaping is an award-winning, full-service landscaping company based in San Francisco, CA. It has designed and installed more than 475 unique and customized gardens in San Francisco's varied terrain. The company specializes in the creation of custom residential landscapes that address the unique challenges posed by San Francisco's climate, significant grade changes and architectural constraints. Owned and managed by Janet Moyer and Michael Hofman, JML applies sustainable practices to its residential landscape design, installation and maintenance services. In 2010, JML received recognition for its work in designing and installing the first "teaching garden" for children at a public library in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.jmoyerlandscaping.com or call 415-821-3760; and become a member of the JML community at http://www.facebook.com/janetmoyerlandscaping and http://www.twitter.com/jmoyerlandscape.
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