Monthly Archives: April 2012

Kansas City Dirt Removal & Hauling

How does your Kansas City garden grow? For many that answer can be summed up in one word: mulch. The recent warm spell has many Kansas City residents to starting their lawn mowing regimens a lot earlier. This is also given them the opportunity to check out the state of affairs in their gardens and getting those areas ready planting season. When you are ready for that then you have to be ready for mulch.

“You don’t want to mulch too early. You want to give the soil a chance to warm up,” says Bryan Dunning, assistant store manager of the Lowe’s at 4811 N. Oak Trafficway in Gladstone to the Kansas City Star. “Normally, that may mean waiting until mid to late spring. But we’ve been pretty lucky with the temperatures this year, and you could probably mulch now.”

One of the major benefits of adding mulch to your plants is that it cuts down on the potential for weeds to take hold. It’s also a very attractive way frame your plants from a landscaping perspective. The most popular type of mulch is organic tree bark that has been processed through a wood chipper.

“The pros of the cypress and cedar is that it will add nutrients and will give back to the soil, and it aids in weed control,” Dunning said. “The drawback is that bugs and certain other pests like it. I wouldn’t recommend putting it close to the foundation of your home due to termite issues.”

“Acidic pine needles are a good choice if you have plants that thrive in that kind of soil,” says Sal Vaglica, assistant editor at This Old House. “Cocoa hulls are becoming popular because of the chocolaty scent they release as they break down and for the rich, uniform look they provide.”

If you want to avoid the potential of pests coming around all together then you should consider various sources of nonorganic mulch such as stone and marble chips. There is even a variety of rubberized mulch that is made from recycled rubber like the kind you would get from old scrap tires.

Beyond picking the best mulch for your garden you may also have to make way for some new planting areas. This holds true if you want to expand your garden to grow a variety of fresh herbs and vegetables. If you dig up all that dirt you need to find a way to get rid of it. You need look no further then Junk King Kansas City.

Junk King is the Kansas City-based business that specializes in junk removal. While it is true that much of their business is focused on taking away junk from peoples garages, basements and closets, Junk King also has no problem with dirt removal and hauling. This makes them an extremely effective partner in your major landscaping project. As long as they’re getting rid of your dirt they can also get rid of all that other clutter. With Junk King you can beautify all areas of your home both indoors and outdoors.

Recycling News in Kansas City

Any city that is serious about recycling will set up various recycling centers to handle the volume of trash dropped off every day from the municipal garbage collectors. Kansas City is no exception. One of its busiest facilities is the Town & Country Disposal Center. Here is where around two-thirds of all of the recyclable items collected from Kansas City homes and businesses end up. At this recycling center all those common household items like milk jugs, cereal boxes, pop cans and newspapers are dropped over in one huge load. Residents don’t have to sort this garbage. But over at Town & Country, they’ll be doing plenty of sorting.

The facility is located next to a cement packaging plant and sits just outside of town. The building where all the action takes place is about as big as a football field. Most of the work is automated but before that garbage can get to the right bins, workers will be standing over conveyor belts plucking out items that don’t belong together. Paper goes one way and plastic the other. Same for aluminum and glass. Once it has been properly sorted, those materials can be chopped up and melted down then made into raw materials for reuse.

All of this is helping keep the garbage away from the Kansas City landfills; that’s the goal. Although residents are given guidelines as what should be considered recyclable material and what’s not, something always slips by and that’s when the sorters get to work. Believe it or not, these workers are looking for “clean trash.” When you consider that in March Kansas City residents tossed out 1,651 tons of recycled materials you can begin to appreciate how much sorting needs to be done.

A company like Junk King Kansas City has its own version of “clean trash” sorting but on a much bigger scale. When someone calls in Junk King  KCthey are looking to get rid of those items which can’t be tossed out in the weekly garbage pickup. These are bigger pieces of trash like old sofas, a rusty stove, a car fender or air conditioner. Just as the Town & Country facility handles the trash recyclables there are other facilities around Kansas City that recycle wood, metal and e-waste. It might be that Junk King needs to make several stops before they can empty out their truck but that’s not something you need to worry about. All you have to focus on is what you want to throw out.

Once your junk is gone, it is truly out of sight and out of mind but at least you know every effort is being made to reduce your carbon footprint through proper recycling. That’s what makes Junk King one of the greenest businesses in Kansas City.