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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