Yard Clean Up
Now that the snow is gone and we take a step into the back yard, most of us realize that our yards are in need of a desperate clean up. Here is a short checklist of things to help get the yard prepared for April showers and May flowers.
1. Prune away dead and damaged branches.
2. Cut back and divide perennials as needed.
Prune flowering perennials to a height of 4–5 inches and ornamental grasses to 2–3 inches to allow new growth to shoot up. Where soil has thawed, dig up perennials, such as daylilies and hostas, to thin crowded beds; divide them, leaving at least three stems per clump, and transplant them to fill in sparse areas.
3. Rake out fallen leaves and dead foliage around plants and under bushes
4. Prep Damaged Lawn Areas for Spring Seeding. Remove damaged or diseased turf to prepare for the seeding that should follow in a few weeks.
5. Neaten Up Hardscape Surfaces. Rake escaped gravel back into the correct areas and refill joints between paver stones.
6. Patch or replace and paint worn wood.
Cleaning the house is what we all generally think about when Spring Cleaning is mentioned. This is a subject that you can take as far as you want whether you just need to declutter, dust, and vacuum or if you’re ready to dig in and scrub every square inch of the home. No matter what stage you are ready to tackle, we have included a few articles below that also include some helpful cleaning solution recipes and free printables to keep you on track.
Part One: Clearing the Clutter
Part Two: Green and Thrifty Products
Part Three: Cleaning from Top to Bottom
Large Item Pick-Up
This is the time of year that some of the cities in the KC metro offer free Large Item Pick-Up days. This is a great way to get rid of the things that you have purged from your Spring Cleaning that aren’t suitable to send to other organizations. For the cities that don’t offer the service anymore, you may find some other options for large item disposal. See the links below to find the schedule for your area of the city.
Overland Park – Large item pickup for Overland Park has been moved to the fall.
Shawnee – East of Pflumm on the last Saturday in April and west of Pflumm on the first Saturday in May
Lenexa – Offers dumpster days – follow the link for drop off information, dates and fees.
Olathe – Chargeable service that you can schedule
Merriam – April 20-24. Check site to verify date per neighborhood.
Kansas City, MO – Make appointments for bulky items
Roeland Park – Different options for scheduling or you can put out one bulk item per week.
Leawood – Offers a recirculation day for reusable items – June 6
Helpful Vendor Numbers
Below are some of our preferred vendors that may help you in your Spring Cleaning adventures or of course, you can view our complete directory at: www.groupodell.com/vendors
American Duct Cleaning
Monumental Lawn & Outdoor-Landscaping
Heart of America Window Cleaning-Window and gutter cleaning
Tonya’s Clean Houses-Regular and One-Time Deep Cleanings
Space by Design-Closet and organizing solutions
Approved Carpet Care
Bock’s Steam Star-Carpet Cleaning
Walden and Sons Heating & Cooling-HVAC cleaning and servicing
Chimney Tech-Chimney cleaning