May Gardening Tips for Novi and Northville, Michigan

Are you looking to add to your home’s curb appeal?

May is here and the weather is finally warming up. The snow is long gone and if you are like me, you are ready to get out into the garden.

Whether you would like to add to your home’s curb appeal or you just love gardening, today we will be providing you with the May gardening tips you need to know to help boost your home’s curb appeal.

May Gardening Tips to Boost Curb Appeal

  • A great way to incorporate a little color into your front yard is by adding pots full of colorful flowers and herbs. This way, when you move you can take them with you.
  • If you would like to use pot and containers for your front yard, Better Homes and Gardens recommends planting flowers like pansies, sweet alyssums and snapdragons. These flowers are known for doing well in the cool weather that Michigan sometimes experiences in May.
  • Reduce weeds and maintain moisture in your yard by adding mulch around your flower beds, shrubs, trees and vegetable garden.
  • When you add mulch near your trees, be careful not to spread the mulch up to the trunk of the tree.
  • Make sure to increase the amount of water you provide for your plants as the temperatures become warmer.
  • The Old Farmers’ Almanac recommends pinching back the growth of any newly planted perennial or annual. Doing this will help encourage even more flowers to grow.
  • Start planting flowers like cannas and dahlias that are warm season annuals and summer bulbs this month.

Why Curb Appeal Is So Important

Why should you plant new flower beds or do some spring cleaning to your old flower beds? Why spend time and money on the outside of your home?

Believe it or not, according to the 25th report by Remodeling Magazine, the four remodeling projects that you can do to your home to get the highest return on investment are to the outside of your home.

The four high value ROI remodeling projects are:

  • Entry Door Replacement
  • Fiber Cement Siding
  • Wood Deck Addition
  • Garage Door Replacement

This study reminds us of the importance of curb appeal and the first impression your home makes on a potential buyer. If you are looking to add value to your home, you don’t have to break the bank with a brand new kitchen.

For more on this study, please check out our article, Do Renovations Increase the Value of Your Home?


It may cost a little dirt under your finger nails, but working on your home’s curb appeal by cleaning up flower beds, adding flowers and mulch will be well worth the investment of time and money. If you have any questions about improving the curb appeal of your home, or if you are interested in putting your home on the market, please given our office a call.