Not sure a full garden is for you, but would love to grow a few of your own vegetables and flowers?

After all the snow melted, did you notice some bare spots on your lawn?

Spring has sprung in Michigan. As we enter into this first week of April, the weather reports are forecasting temperatures in the fifties, sixties and we may make it to the seventy degree mark. Michigan in the spring is a beautiful, even with the occasional snow.

Yes, Michigan and metro Detroit can get April snow storms instead of April showers. That is why it is so important to know when to plant your spring garden and spring flowers.

Find out when you should plant, how to fix bare spots in your lawn, and much more with the following tips.

Northville and Novi, Michigan April Gardening Tips

Planting Vegetables

It is finally time to start that garden that you have been dreaming of. This month, plant your cool-season vegetables like, spinach, beets, carrots, onions, kale, radishes, and lettuce.

Plant bare-root asparagus crowns as soon as the ground thaws.

Wait to plant your sweet potatoes until after Memorial Day.

Wait to plant warm-season vegetables until the soil is 60 degrees. Warm-season vegetables include green beans, cucumbers, corn, and squash.

Planting Fruits

I have fond memories of a wild raspberry bush growing by my grandparents’ metro Detroit home. As a child, there was something wonderful about picking fresh raspberries. Plus, they were delicious.

According to Better Homes and Gardens, this month you can plant raspberries, strawberries, goji berries, gooseberries, and blueberries.

Planting Roses

According to Organic Gardening, April is the time to plant bare root roses.

Lawn Care

The Old Farmer’s Almanac suggests that if you find any dead spots on your lawn, patch them before summer. They recommend following these steps to patch dead spots,

  • Loosen the soil and work in quality compost.
  • Sprinkle grass seed.
  • Rake the area lightly.
  • Lightly pack in the seed to make sure there is good seed-to-soil contact.
  • Add a thin layer of straw over top of all.
  • Water the soil enough to keep it evenly moist until the grass starts to sprout.

Fertilize your lawn this month.

Container Garden

One of the best ways to spruce up your curb appeal is by adding a container garden. Better Homes and Gardens reports that you can buy forced bulbs at a supermarket or home center. They recommend getting daffodils, tulips, or hyacinths.

You can also use containers to plant a small vegetable garden.

Remember To Deadhead

You may see the word, deadhead, in relation to fading blossoms on our spring flowers. Deadheading is the process of removing the heads of the flowers after they started to fade. This allows the plants energy to go into the other blooming flowers and is a great way to keep your flower blooming longer.

April Showers

April showers can be tricky. Even with April showers, make sure to water your plants more often has the days become longer and warmer.


These gardening and landscape tips for Northville and Novi, Michigan will help you get a great start as April and spring blossom in Michigan. From vegetable, fruit and roses to lawn care and container gardens, you can make the most of the cool days of April in Michigan.


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