Need some tips on reducing winter’s damage to your yard?

Are you ready to start thinking spring?

There is no denying now that winter is here in Northville and Novi, Michigan. Cold temperatures and record snow storms are ringing in this month.

The good news for those of us who don’t like winter is that it’s already time to start thinking spring. You can get a great start on spring by planning which plants you want to grow, starting seedlings indoors, and maybe bringing a little green into your life by starting an inside herb garden.

This article will provide you with these tips and much more.

Gardening Tips for Novi and Northville, Michigan

  • Winter Lawn Tip: As we reported last month, make sure to keep your lawn safe throughout winter by limiting repetitive traffic on it. Repetitive traffic can cause bald spot on your lawn that you won’t see until the snow melts.
  • Know the Last Spring Frost Dates: Can you believe it is already time to start thinking about planting? The Old Farmer’s Almanac has Northville’s last spring frost date as April 24 and Novi’s is May 3rd. These dates, while only boasting a 50% probability, are helpful when it comes to spring planting.
  • Early Vegetables: Better Homes and Gardens reminds us that some vegetables can be sown early. Vegetables including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, and leeks can all be sown a couple of weeks before your average last frost date. If you cannot wait, try sowing them indoors about 6 to 7 weeks before you need to transplant them outdoors.
  • Seeding Perennials Indoors: Start your perennials indoors and make sure to transplant them only after the last expected frost date. Some great perennials to try sowing indoors are delphinium, coneflower, black-eyed Susan and lupine.
  • Ice Storm Tips: Before you step outside to inspect your landscaping when an ice storm hits, make sure to grab goggles and a hard hat. Falling ice is dangerous and BHG.com recommends that unless the tree or plant is less than 15 feet tall, you should simply stay away from it. For plants shorter than 15 feet, try reducing the damaged caused by the ice storm. You can do this by lightly taping the end of the branch that is covered in ice while you make sure you are standing out of the way.
  • Check For Weeds: If there is a break in the snow, check your soil for winter weeds. Weeds are best defeated when you pull them up while they are still young.
  • Annuals to Start Now: Start seeding these annuals indoors about 6 weeks before the expected last frost date, marigolds, pansies, snapdragons and petunias.
  • Tree Branches That Are Bent Down: Have you noticed any of your birch tree branches bent down due to ice and snow? According to Backyard Gardener, if left untreated they can end up permanently damaged. They recommend to first shake or brush off any loose snow and gently try to correct the positioning. If the tree refuses to go back to its original position, you will have to wait and see what happens come spring when the sap starts flowing faster.
  • Need Some Green in Your February?: If you need some green in your February, consider growing an herb garden indoors. Indoor herb gardens not only bring a little life into the winter months, but they also provide fresh herbs for cooking

Summary

Stay warm and safe this month and keep your garden growing beautiful with these tips.

If you need to get out of the house but have little ones, please check out our article, How to Beat the Winter Blues in Novi, Michigan, for 3 places to head to this winter.