Joel In The Garden

Spring cleaning: 'It's just that season for getting everything tidied up'

Spring cleaning: 'It's just that season for getting everything tidied up'

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — It's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work tidying up your yard.

People in Springfield get a one-day pass to throw out any clutter and the city will take it off their hands.

Plenty of yards around Springfield are in need of some TLC.

And this weekend, a line will be forming off A-street for the big spring clean-up.

“It's just that season for getting everything tidied up,” Erik Baker said. Baker works in the city of Springfield’s Operations Division and is organizing this weekend’s clean up.

All day Saturday, Springfield residents can bring in their clutter where it'll be sorted and disposed of.

“We've easily hauled out more than 100 tons,” Baker said.

Heavy tons of electronics, furniture, concrete, scrap metal - and of course, yard debris.

“This year could be a lot of landscape materials, since the ice storm we had in February brought down a lot of trees and hurt a lot of plants,” Baker said.

Not everything needs to go into the scrap heap. If you're still doing seed starts this time of year, one thing you will need is flower pots, since you'll be doing a lot of transferring from smaller to bigger containers.

Two easy examples you can find around the house are rinsed out milk cartons and glass jars.

They'll make suitable containers for both your seed starts and a small herb garden.

To make it, all you'll need is a board, some jars, a few metal hose clamps with a hole drilled in each, and some screws with the ends clipped off. First, screw your clamps onto the board, then slip your jars into place and tighten them with a flathead screwdriver. You can hang your herbs vertically or horizontally. It'll make a nice addition to your porch or balcony.

The Spring Clean Up runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 1600 South B Street in Springfield. Baker says for anyone with plans to do any scavenging out of those big blue containers - that won't be allowed.