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Archive for March, 2011

Early Spring Product Availability

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Spring is finally just around the corner! I’m getting really excited about it. This off-season has been a time of real growth for me. I’ve attended a few seminars, home shows, and got to learn about a lot of new products. Like I’ve stated before, being in the business for over 30 years, you get to thinking that you know it all and can become a little stagnant both in business and in your personal life. Learning about new products, design concepts, and marketing ideas has given me a new outlook on my business and for the first time in many years, I’m really anxious to get the season going.

Although it’s still a little early to start a lot of your landscape projects, we here at A.G. Landscape Materials, Inc. have some products available now. We have gravels, some decorative stone, Dyed Red Mulch, Dyed Brown Mulch, Bark Mulch & Playground Mulch available. Topsoil, Garden Mix, Compost, and Sod should be available within the next couple to few weeks. Of course, firewood (mixed & oak) is available year round.

As of today, (3/8/11), our prices on most of our materials as the same as they were at the end of the season last year; however, due to the fuel situation we are experiencing, we do anticipate an increase in some of our materials. We think we’ll be able to hold price increases to less than $1.00 per yard of material. Hopefully, the powers that be will get a handle on the fuel situation sooner than later.

This past week-end, we attended the Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier. WOW! Talk about an event to get you ready for Spring. There were a lot of new ideas & new products. We’re looking forward to implementing & working with some of them. It was so exciting to talk with people as passionate about landscaping as I am. It was also educational for me to learn about some of the new products and design ideas.

This week-end (March 12th & 13th) we’ll be at the Home Show at Harper College in Palatine. If you’re looking for something to do & you’re in the area, stop by and see us. We’d love to talk to you about some of the new products and new services we’re going to be offering this year.

Don’t forget to check out our website at www.agvangundy.com, our previous blogs. Check us out on Facebook @ AG Landscape Materials, Inc and follow us on Twitter @agvangundy.

THINK SPRING!!!!

Pre-Season Update

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

It looks as though the worst that winter has to offer is behind us and we’re finally on our way to spring! Although the blizzard of 2011 was a little challenging it was a real blessing for the snow plowing entity of A.G. VanGundy Landscape, Inc. However, I have to admit I’m anxious to start the landscaping season.

This past week-end was spent at the Home Show in Arlington Heights. It was great to see so many people as excited about spring’s arrival as I am. I got to talk to a lot of homeowners regarding their projects, both do-it-yourselfers and those looking for a contractor. I’m really looking forward to working with them.

On Monday, I attended a seminar conducted by Unilock, Chicago. Now, I have to tell you, I have been in landscaping over 30 years, but even I learned a few things. As an “old dog” I often think that “old school” is best. It sometimes takes a nudge from my kids and my employees to broaden my outlook and I have to be honest, it was great to learn about some new products and new installation techniques. I can’t wait to implement these new learned ideas.

Our next home show appearance will be at Harper College in Palatine, on March 12th and 13th. If you get a chance, come on out. It’s a great place to get ideas and to meet with us face to face.  Finally, I want to encourage you to check out our previous blogs as they contain a lot of useful information. The blogs pertaining to planning for spring I think you’ll find especially interesting this time of year.

Let’s all think spring!!!