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April Gardening Tips for Northville and Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

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.


Do not miss any of the Easter fun in 2015. For local places to eat Easter Bunch this year, please visit, Easter Brunch in Northville and Novi, Michigan.

For where to go for an Easter Egg Hunt, please see, Easter Egg Hunts in Novi and Northville, MI 2015.



Weekend Events in Novi, Michigan – March 2015

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you looking to apply for a concealed pistol license this year?

Would you like to get fit and meet new people from your community?

There are three special events that you won’t want to miss out on this weekend in Novi, Michigan. The Novi Police Department is holding a Civilian Pistol Safety Class, the Novi Walking program is meeting again, and Novi residents can dispose of their hazardous e-waste. For more information on these events, please take a minute and read through the following information.

Civilian Pistol Safety Class

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015
  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Novi Police Department Training Center
  • 45125 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

If you are looking to obtain a Michigan Concealed Pistol License this year, consider signing up for the Civilian Pistol Safety Class. This class fulfills the classroom requirements as well as the shooting.

Students must bring their own equipment. Below is a list of the needed equipment,

  • Personal handgun
  • 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Safety glasses
  • Shooter’s earmuffs or ear plugs
  • Pen or pencil
  • Baseball cap
  • Loose comfortable clothing

You must be 21 years of age or older to participate in the class. Students do not have to be a Novi resident to sign up. The cost of the class is $150 and that fee may be paid by cash or money order. Every student is also subject to a background check.

For more information, please contact Sergeant Michael Warren at 248-347-0572 or visit the City of Novi’s website.

Novi Walking Program

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015
  • Disc Golf Booth
  • Kensington Metro Park
  • Milford, MI 48380

According to the City of Novi, you can walk your way into fitness. This Saturday, the Novi Walking program is meeting at Kensington Metro Park in Milford, Michigan. The program is free and a great way to meet other people in the community while walking for fitness. All ages are welcome.

While the program is free, there is an entrance and course fee to Kensington. If you are planning on going, call ahead to RSVP at 248-347-0414. For more information, please visit the City of Novi’s website

Electronic Waste Collection

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Power Park - City of Novi
  • 45175 W. Ten Mile Road, Novi, MI 48375

Novi residents have the opportunity to dispose of their hazardous waste this weekend at Power Park. Below is the list of examples of acceptable e-waste items residents can dispose of from the City of Novi’s website,

  • Desktop Computers
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Keyboards
  • Laptops
  • Scanners
  • Other Computer Peripherals
  • DVD & VHS Players
  • Radios
  • Stereo Equipment
  • Cellular Telephones
  • Household Telephones
  • Video Games Consoles
  • Cameras and Camcorders
  • Televisions
  • MP3 Players
  • Satellite Dishes

Here is a list of unacceptable items,

  • Household Appliances
  • Air Conditioners
  • Dehumidifiers


Whether you are interested in obtaining a Michigan Concealed Pistol License this year, getting fit with the Novi Walking program, or would like to dispose of your hazardous waste, Novi, Michigan has the event to attend this weekend.


Are you looking for somewhere to eat on Easter? For fabulous brunches on Easter Sunday, please visit, Easter Brunches in Northville and Novi, MI 2015.



Easter Brunches in Northville and Novi, MI 2015

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Whether you are looking for a fancy Sunday Easter brunch or a relaxing home away from home Easter Brunch, the restaurants in and around Northville and Novi, Michigan will not disappoint.

This article highlights 5 different restaurants in the Northville and Novi, MI area that are open on Easter Sunday and are taking reservations. If you are looking to celebrate Easter without having to do any dishes, check out the following list of Easter brunches.

Restaurants Open for Easter Brunch

Novi Chophouse

  • Sunday, April 5th
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • 27000 Karevich Drive, Novi, MI
  • Reservations: 248-305-5210

At the Novi Chophouse on Easter Sunday, you will have your choice from a variety of stations. The Easter Sunday menu includes an omelet station, lox station, carving station, breakfast station, lunch station, salad station, bread station, and of course a sweet table.


  • Adults: $35.95
  • Children: $ 15.95
  • Children under 6: Free

The Inn at St. John’s

  • Sunday, April 5th
  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, MI
  • Reservations: 734-414-0600

The Inn at St. John’s will be serving both traditional and non-traditional Easter favorites. The brunch will feature live action stations and the Easter Bunny will be paying a visit. For the menu, please see, The Inn at St. John’s Easter Brunch menu.


  • Adults: $47
  • Seniors (62 and up) $41
  • Children 5-12: $15
  • Children 4 and under: Free
  • These prices do not include a 6% sales tax and a 22% service charge.

5ive Restaurant

  • Sunday, April 5th
  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, MI
  • Reservations: 734-357-5700

The 5ive Restaurant is located inside the Inn at St. John’s. This brunch has a number of delicious options from appetizers to mouth watering deserts for you and your family to choose from. For the full list of mouthwatering food, please see: 5ive Easter Menu.


  • Adults: $49
  • Children 5-12: $17
  • Plus tax and service charge

Deadwood Bar and Grill

  • Sunday, April 5th
  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • 18730 Northville Road, Northville, MI
  • Reservations: 248-347-4353

The Deadwood Bar and Grill offers a home away from home during the holidays. Normally, this restaurant does not take reservations, but for Easter they do. Make sure to call right away because they often fill up.


  • Full brunch: $8.79
  • Omelets: $8.50

Moe’s On Ten

  • Sunday, April 5th
  • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • 39455 W. Ten Mile Road, Novi, MI
  • Reservations: 248-478-9742

If you are looking for an all you can eat buffet, Moe’s on Ten in Novi is the place to go. In 2012, the Novi Patch reported Novi residents picking Moe’s on Ten as the Best Place for Easter Brunch. The Patch’s article quoted local Ernie McLaughlin complimenting the food and the Easter Brunch.

"Moes is always a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The last dinner I had there I ordered the buffalo shrimp salad and it was exceptional! Been there for Easter Brunch in the past and you can't get better.--but I suggest you get a reservation."


  • Adults: $19.95
  • Children 10 and under: $9.99


The Northville and Novi area has a great selection of restaurants that are open on Easter Sunday for you and your family to enjoy. From the Novi Chop House to Moe’s on Ten, you will be able to choose the perfect place to create special memories on Easter Sunday with your family.


Are you interested in taking your little ones to a local Easter event? Please see, Easter Egg Hunts in Novi and Northville, Michigan to find all the upcoming Easter events.

March Weekend Events in Northville, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Need that perfect one of a kind gift?

Looking to create memories with your little one?

The next two upcoming weekends have a lot going on in Northville, Michigan. The Maybury Farm has opened its doors for the one and only Maple Syrup Experience. Spring is springing in Northville as well at the Gardenview Spring Open House. In addition, you won’t want to miss the artisan market that will be full of those one of a kind items.

Plan the rest of your weekends in March with the information below.

The Maple Syrup Experience

  • Maybury Farm
  • Beginning March 14th, Every Saturday and Sunday
  • 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
  • 50165 Eight Mile Rd.
  • Northville Township, MI 48167

Nothing exemplifies spring in Michigan quite like maple syrup. Learning how to make maple syrup is a favorite memory that many adults would like to share with their children. Every Saturday and Sunday beginning March 14th, you can bring your family to the Maybury Farm for a fascinating maple syrup experience in Northville.

During the visit, your family will be able to enjoy a hayride, tap trees, watch the buckets fill up, and learn how to make maple syrup.

When traveling to Maybury Farm, make sure to enter at the RED Maybury Farm sign entrance off of Eight Mile Rd. about one and three quarter miles west of Beck Road. Please be sure not to enter the state park. Instead, continue a half mile on 8 Mile Rd. to the Maybury Farm entrance.

Gardenview Spring Open House

  • March 20th and 21st, 2015
  • 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
  • 117 E. Main Street
  • 248-380-8881

Spring officially debuts tomorrow, but here in Northville, spring has been springing all week. Northville residents have been enjoying beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures.

Celebrate spring by heading out to the Gardenview Spring Open House. According to the Downtown Northville website,

         “The store will be brimming with spring florals with Easter bunnies and all. There will be a great collection of outdoor containers and statuary, plus spring inspired lamps and wall decor.”

You may even win a gift certificate or other prize during one of the drawings.

Spring Fling Artisan Market

  • March 27th and 28th, 2015
  • Northville Community Center
  • 303 W. Main
  • Northville, Michigan

The Spring Fling Artisan Market will feature 75 artists and craftspeople from all around the country. It is one of the best places to find that unique gift that you have been looking for.

At the market you’ll find the following products and much more.

  • Painting
  • Furniture
  • Fibers
  • Fashion
  • Jewelry
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Holiday Items
  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Home Decor
  • Ceramics


There are many exciting events planned in Northville, Michigan over the next two weekends. From making special memories exploring the maple syrup journey at Maybury Farm to the Spring Fling Artisan Market, there is something for everyone.  

We hope you have a wonderful time at one or all of the events that you choose to attend. If you are looking for Easter egg hunts and other fun holiday happenings in the area, please see, Easter Egg Hunts in Novi and Northville, Michigan.

Easter Egg Hunts in Novi and Northville, Michigan 2015

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Looking for a place to take your children for an Easter egg hunt this year?

It can be hard to find Easter events that are exactly what you are looking for. That is why we pulled together this list of Easter egg hunts in Novi and Northville, Michigan. We have also included the times and photo packages for pictures with the Easter Bunny at the Twelve Oaks Mall.

Plan your Easter events that you won’t want to miss with the list below.

Novi EGGstravaganza 2015

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • MSU Tollgate Farm
  • 12 Mile and Meadowbrook Road
  • Cost: $8 for residents and $10 for non-residents

The Novi EGGstravaganza features age designated egg hunts. Your children will also enjoy hayrides, refreshments, the petting farm, crafts, and the Easter Bunny.

There is no charge for parents taking pictures of their children with the Easter Bunny. For more information and how to register for this event, please see the EGGstravaganza press release.

Maybury State Park Annual Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt

  • Saturday, April 4, 2015
  • 11:00 am
  • Maybury State Park
  • 20145 Beck Rd. Northville MI 48167
  • Cost: Free (requires a recreation passport to enter into park)

This Easter event will have an Egg Scramble and much more. Your children will enjoy playing games, getting their faces painted, making crafts, and planting a seed. Special guests include the Easter Bunny and Smokey Bear.

To get into this event, your car must have a recreation passport. Besides that, the event is free.

Paradise Park Easter Egg Hunt

  • Saturday, April 4, 2015
  • 10:15 am
  • Paradise Park
  • 45799 Grand River, Novi, MI 48374
  • 248-735-1050

The Oakland County Moms has listed the Paradise Park Easter Egg Hunt for this year. According to the article, this event features thousands of eggs filled with candy, tokens, and surprises.

To add to the fun, you can stay after the egg hunt for a lunch buffet. For an additional fee, you will be able to enjoy appetizers, pizza, breadsticks, salad, and unlimited beverages.

This Easter event requires pre-registration. For prices and to pre-register, please call 248-735-1050.

Skate with the Easter Bunny

  • Saturday, April 4, 2015
  • 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm
  • Novi Ice Arena
  • 42400 Nick Lindstrom Drive, Novi, MI 48375
  • Cost: $5

Bring your camera and watch your children skate with the Easter Bunny. This Easter event will feature raffles and games making this a perfect family outing.

Twelve Oaks Mall Easter Bunny

  • March 13th - April 4th
  • Monday - Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • 27500 Novi Road
  • Novi, MI 48377

For your classic Easter Bunny photo, bring your children to the Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan. Below are the 2015 Photo Package pricing as reported on the Twelve Oaks Mall website

  • A: Four 5x7s, Four 4x6s, Four 3x5s, Four Wallets, High-Res Portrait CD, FREE Bunny Photo Download, PLUS a FREE $20 Card from Shutterfly  $40
  • B: Two 5x7s, Two 4x6s, Two 3x5s, Four Wallets, Hi-res Portrait CD, FREE Bunny Photo Download, PLUS a FREE $20 Card from Shutterfly  $40 
  • C: Two 5x7s, Two 4x6s, Six Wallets, Two Photos in Two Keychains, PLUS a FREE $10 Card from Shutterfly  $33
  • D: One 5x7, Two 4x6s, Two 3x5s, PLUS a FREE $10 Card from Shutterfly  $27
  • E: Two 4x6s, PLUS a FREE $10 Card from Shutterfly  $22

Bunny Photo Download*

  • Add to any photo package to personalize and share your photo online, PLUS your $10 Shutterfly card doubles to $20!
  • Hi-Res CD PLUS Bunny Photo Download  $10
  • Bunny Photo Download  $7


From the Novi EGGstravaganza to visiting the Easter Bunny at the Novi Mall, we hope this list helps your family to make wonderful Easter memories.


2015 St. Patrick’s Day and Other Weekend Events in Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you considering a new boat this year?

Looking for a fun way to connect with your son or a special little guy in your life?

The next two weekends are full of events that you do not want to miss in Novi, Michigan. You have many choices from the Spring Boating Expo and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to a mother and son dance. It’s time to get your calendar out and make your weekend plans.

The following are the upcoming events for the next two weekends in Novi, MI.

2015 St. Patrick’s Day and Other Weekend Events

Spring Boating Expo

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Friday, March 12, 2015: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 13, 2015: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 14, 2015: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 46100 Grand River Avenue
  • Novi, MI 48374

One of the best parts of living in Michigan is the lakes. There are so many beautiful lakes to enjoy all summer long. This weekend, the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan is having their Spring Boating Expo. Tickets are $10 for adults and children age 12 and under are free.

At the expo, you will find hundreds of new 2015 and new overstocked non-current model boats, motors, and trailers. Everything will be priced to sell.

There will be boats for skiing, fishing, and cruising up to 30 feet in length. You will find everything you need to set sail including personal watercraft, accessories, dockage, and more. This show is “the time to buy show” with low prices, low interest rates and financing.

For more information visit the Spring Boating Expo.

St. Patrick’s Day Skate

  • March 15, 2015
  • 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm
  • Novi Ice Arena
  • 42400 Nick Lidstrom Drive
  • Novi, MI 48375
  • Price: $5

Looking for a family friendly way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day? Head over to the Novi Ice Arena for some family skate time at the St. Patrick’s Day Skate. If you wear green, you will receive $1 off the admission price. There will also be raffles, games, prizes.

Shamrock Smash

  • March 17, 2015
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Ages: Older Adults
  • Meadowbrook Activity Center
  • 25075 Meadowbrook Rd.
  • Novi, MI 48375

The Shamrock Smash at the Meadowbrook Activity Center will feature a traditional Irish meal and entertainment. For Novi residents, the price is $7 a ticket and for non-residents it is $8.50. Make sure to call the Meadowbrook Activity Center for more information at 248-347-0414.

For more information visit the City of Novi’s website.

Mother-Son Dance Legomania

  • March 20, 2015
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 Ten Mile Rd.
  • Novi, MI 48375

Enjoy appetizers, a raffle, music, interactive dancing, photos, desserts, and more at the Mother-Son Dance Legomania. This event isn’t just for moms either. A special aunt, sister, grandmother or mother can share in the quality time. Dress your best and enjoy a night out with your favorite little guy.

Tickets for Novi residents are $14 and for non-residents are $17 per person. To register, please see: online registration.


There are a number of exciting events to choose from over the next two weekends in Novi, Michigan from the Spring Boating Expo at the Suburban Collection Showplace to the Mother-Son Dance Legomania at the Novi Civic Center.

Did you know that NerdWallet ranked Novi, Michigan as the 5th best place to raise a family in Michigan? With all the events listed above we can see why. There is so much to do for young family as well as older adults.

If you’d like to settle down in Novi, Michigan, please make sure to give our office a call. We are here to help.


Today, we are celebrating our local and true heroes. These are the men and women who protect us, our families, our homes, and our communities. It is easy to miss the men and women behind the uniform. That is why we are sharing the men and women named Best of the Best at the Annual Police and Fire Awards Ceremony in Novi, Michigan.

How Safe is Novi, Michigan?

When Novi, Michigan was voted the second best place to live in Michigan, Novi residents were proud. It was a combination of 6 factors and Novi scored high in them all. One of those 6 factors was the low crime rate.

Novi, Michigan is not just known for great shopping and restaurants, but also for the city’s low crime rate. According to Trulia, the following are the property and violent crime rates:

Property Crime

  • Michigan - 3.21%
  • Oakland County - 3.04%
  • Novi - 2.28%

Violent Crime

  • Michigan - .56%
  • Oakland County - .5%
  • Novi - .09%

Honoring This Year’s Best of the Best

The official ceremony took place on February 19, 2015 at the Novi Civic Center. This year’s recipients for the Best of the Best awards include:

Lieutenant Todd Seog named Fire Fighter of the Year

If you have ever noticed the Automatic External Defibrillators and Emergency Kits located all throughout the city owned facilities, it was Lieutenant Seog who worked so hard to ensure their readiness.

He has also led the File of Life and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus programs for both Novi’s Police Department and Fire Department members.

Public Safety Performance Analyst Jason Porter Named Police Civilian of the Year

According to the City of Novi, “Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety is a nationally recognized police operation model which merges crime and traffic crash data with geo-mapping technology to identify highly visible enforcement by uniform patrol officers.” Jason Porter’s analytical skills were used in the implementation of this model.

The model was successful in reducing targeted crimes and traffic collisions by double digits in the target zones and almost an 8% reduction in Part A crime in 2014 for the City of Novi.

Jason also implemented an electronic crime and information sharing tool for patrol briefings. He coordinated weekly Public Safety CompStat meetings.

He initiated a regional crime analysis group. This group enhances information sharing between federal, state, and local agencies in Southeast Michigan.

Officer Robert Manar Named Police Officer of the Year

Officer Robert Manar has been a part of the Novi Police Department since 2005 as K-9 handler. According to the City of Novi, Office Robert Manar and his K-9 Alex have received many awards.  Several of these awards were for the capture of fleeing felons. He and his K-9 have also received awards for narcotics seizures. Officer Robert and his K-9 Alex also received a life-saving award for tracking a distraught woman who had tried to end her life by taking narcotics. 

Officer Robert is also a Field Training Officer who is responsible for training and evaluation new police officers.


This year’s recipients for the Novi, Michigan’s Best of the Best at the Annual Police and Fire Awards are great role models and are well deserving of the honors received. They have contributed to making Novi a great place to live and raise a family.

To find the other men and women who have received recognition this year, please head over to the City of Novi’s website.

For a look at last years best of the best, please see: Novi, Michigan’s Best Of The Best Police And Firefighter Awards.


Northville, Michigan Weekend Events - March 2015

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Ready to make plans for this weekend and next?

Looking for a place to drop the kids off and have a Friday night date?

Has this week’s snow storm given you cabin fever? If you are ready for a night out without the kids this article has the information you are looking for. Whether you want to get out of the house this Friday or mark your calendar for an upcoming event that you do not want to miss, this article is for you.

First Friday Experience

  • Friday, March 6, 2015
  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Downtown Northville

If you are looking for a night out on the town, the First Friday Experience is where you want to be. Businesses and restaurants all around Downtown Northville will offer you a unique shopping and dining experience.

You will see specialty products, featured artists, truck shows, demonstrations, and have the chance to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine. It really is the perfect way to spend an evening.

Have kids between the ages of 4 - 12? Don’t think you can find a babysitter for your big night out? Check out the First Friday for Kids Party below to see the answer to your childcare needs.

For more information, please see the: list of participating restaurants and galleries.

First Friday for Kids Party

Need a night out and a place to drop off the kids? Sign up your kids for the First Friday for Kids Party. While you enjoy a night on the town, your kids will enjoy a party just for them.

The party will include games, crafts, Karaoke, and more. Dress your kids in their PJs, bring their favorite pillow and blanket to cuddle with while they watch a movie.

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Pre-registration is recommended and ends today. The activity number to register is 377602.03. The price is $12 per child. For more information, please call Northville Parks and Recreation at 248-349-0203.

Taste of Northville Business Showcase

  • Saturday, March 15, 2015
  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Northville High School
  • 45700 Six Mile Road, Northville

For the low price of $3, you can gain admittance to the Northville Chamber of Commerce business showcase. Local businesses from all over Northville will be there offering raffles, prizes, and give aways.

You will be able to vote for the business or restaurant with the best display. Don’t forget to enjoy the free samples provided by the area’s restaurants and caterers.

The theme of Saturday’s event will be “Wearing of the Northville Green”. So come and show your Northville pride at this year’s Taste of Northville Business Showcase.


Northville, Michigan is a great place to live and raise a family. This weekend and next, plan to attend the community events from the First Friday Experience to the Taste of Northville Business Showcase. It can be hard as parents to get out of the house. That is one of the many reason why I love Northville. Not many cities will put together an event for adults and provide an activity for their children to enjoy as well.

If you are thinking about taking the advice of chief economists and are looking to buy a home, consider Northville or Novi, Michigan. They are both great cities to live in. If you have and questions, please contact our office. We would be honored to help.



March Gardening Tips for Northville and Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Is March a good month to fertilize my lawn?

Spring is coming. I have my phone’s weather app set at 15 days out. For a while now, I have been watching and hoping for higher temperatures. The exciting news is that they are coming.

With spring on its way, it is time to get out into our gardens and yards to prepare. This month’s list of gardening tips is enough to keep you busy all month long.

Northville and Novi, Michigan Gardening Tips

Vegetable Planting: The best local and organic vegetables might just be found in your own backyard. According to Better Homes and Gardens, as soon as the soil is workable you can start planting some cool season vegetables. Cool season vegetables include pea, radishes, cauliflower, and broccoli.

Dividing Perennials: At the end of March, start dividing perennials. Perennials are usually divided once every 3 years. However, you may need to divide them more often because of their growth. You can replant the divisions in another part of your yard.

Lawn Care:

  • Organic Gardening recommends being careful where you walk on your lawn. Walking on wet lawns in March can cause soil compaction.
  • After the snow melts, check to see if your lawn has any annual weeds like crabgrass. recommends using a pre-emergence herbicide.
  • While this month might seem like the time to fertilize, wait until spring has officially sprung. You may have to wait until April in Northville and Novi, Michigan.

Spray Dormant Fruit Trees: The Old Farmer’s Almanac reminds us to wait for a calm day this month when temperatures hit above 40 degrees before spraying fruit trees. Temperatures above 40 are perfect for spraying dormant fruit trees. Soon, their spring growth will appear and your goal is to spray before that.

Seeding Annuals Indoors: If your green thumb is itching and you want to get a head start on your annuals, consider starting to seed them indoors. Check out this list of annuals provided by The Old Farmer’s Almanac, that you can start seeding indoors in March:

  • Aster
  • Larkspur     
  • Alyssum
  • Snapdragons

Spring Cleaning: Spring cleaning includes your garden as well as your home. As soon as the weather warms up, you will want to get outside and clean up your garden and your yard. Below are a few examples of what to clean in the spring.

  • Cut down any perennials or grasses that are dead. states to leave about 3 or 4 inches of stem. This may benefit you by preventing rabbits and other animals from trying to taste and consume your perennials’ new growth.
  • Remove winter mulch as soon as your perennials start to grow.
  • Keep an eye out for weeds. If you do see them, remove them early to deter additional growth.


The other day, I heard birds singing. Spring is a time full of hope and wonder as we watch the world around us come back to life. Speaking of hope, spring is also a great time to start looking for houses. If you are on the fence about whether or not to buy, please read, Why Chief Economists Advise to Buy Your Next Home Now.

If you’re not sure where to start your search for your dream home, you might also like to read How to Start Your Search for Your Dream Home.

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