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Applications for Various Types of Gravel

Friday, March 28th, 2014

This seems to be a Chicago winter that keeps on keepin’ on. I think we’re all ready for Spring to fully arrive. On the bright side, most of the snow has melted and it didn’t cause a huge flooding issue, temperatures are on the rise, daylight is getting longer, and here at A.G. Landscape Materials the phones are beginning to ring a little more often. These are all sure signs that Spring is definitely coming.

Although it’s still early for topsoil, garden mix, compost and other soil based products – Gravel is in stock and ready to be sold.

There are all sorts of gravels with a wide variety of uses. Here is a list of what we carry and a few examples of uses.

Grade 8 Gravel – 3/4” Fractured Limestone with Fines – Great for driveways, parking spots base for brick/cement – Compactable

CA-7 – 3/4” Fractured Limestone without Fines – recommended by some villages/townships for drain tile installation, a good stone to use as back fill for a retaining wall, also a good stone for driveways and parking spaces, can be used under a shed

CA-5– 1” – 1.5” Fractures Limestone without Fines – could be used as driveway stone, also as a decorative stone

3/4” Washed Rounds – Sandstone Based stone – Between Pea Size & 3/4” – Great for dog runs, Drain Tile Work, and as a decorative stone

1” – 1.5” Washed Rounds – Sandstone Based Stone – Great for decorative purposes, dog runs, around pools

Pea Gravel – Sandstone Based Stone – pea size – Versatile gravel – Can be used for pathways, base in planting pots,

Of course, there are many other types of gravel, but these are ones we stock here at A.G. Landscape Materials. If you’re still not sure which type of stone to use for your project, don’t hesitate to contact us at (630) 295-8190 or e-mail us through our web-site at We always happy to help. We can deliver your stone Monday through Saturday here in the Chicago area or you can pick up from our yard in Roselle, IL.

We’re looking forward to spring and helping you all with your projects

Looking Forward to Spring 2014

Monday, February 24th, 2014

As we close out the winter season, we are looking forward to the coming spring season and all it has to offer (especially, after this past winter). It is only the end of February as I write this. The ground is frozen quite deeply and it is covered by snow. Last week gave us a taste of semi-spring temperatures with a couple days in the 40s. However, this week brought us back to winter. Temperatures in the single digits and a forecast of a couple days of snow. What a way to start March. But it is not unusual for spring to wait until the middle/end of March to get going. After a winter like this one I hope that you are all anxious to get into your gardens, do your spring clean-up and assess your lawns. Be assured that we here at A.G. VanGundy Landscape Materials are able to help you in all your bulk landscape material needs. After the thaw, we will have the compost, mulch and topsoil that you will need here in the Chicago area. If you don’t know how much material you will need or even which type of material is best for your application, we are here to help. You can either call us at (630) 295-8190 or e-mail us a quote form or contact form through our web-site at We will do our best to help you figure out the amount of material you will need, based on your dimensions.

Once the snow melts and your lawn is exposed, you may be shocked as to the condition. Often, after this must snow cover, lawns will be in need of a renovation or a “perk up”. The process is not difficult and will give you a great lawn for the rest of the year. You can refer to our blogs relating to lawn renovations through our website for detailed instructions or you can always call us and we can walk you through the process. We have in stock the grass seed you will need for Sunny or Shady areas, we can guide you with the fertilizer needs and the soils, we even have erosion control blankets for new areas.

Our knowledgeable staff has much experience and I, personally, have worked in the ornamental horticulture field since 1975. My staff and I are happy to help. Let’s hope for a great spring with warm temperatures & just enough rain to get those May flowers growing.

Easy Fall Clean Ups

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Halloween has come and gone, Daylight Savings Time is over, and the Holidays will be here sooner than we know. So, now is the time to get your fall landscape projects done. Even a simple fall clean up will do wonders for your lawn and give you a bit of a head start for spring planting. When doing your fall clean up, be sure to pickup as many of the leaves that you can. I know it is virtually impossible to get them all, but the more you pick up now, the easier it will be for your yard to “breathe” throughout the winter. Here’s a little trick: Rake/Pick up what you can in your yard and planting beds. Dispose of them either into a compost pile in the corner of your yard or through your disposal company. Then, whatever is left in your yard, run your mower over them and mulch them into your yard.

If you’re on the ambitious side, you might want to give your planting beds a bit of a head start. Add some topsoil or compost or a combination of the two (2) to your existing beds. Then top off with a layer of mulch. I would recommend the Premium Bark Mulch or the Double Ground Hardwood Mulch for this time of year. The mulch will serve a variety of purposes:

1. Control the root zone temperatures
2. Help retain moisture
3. As the mulch decomposes over the winter, it will break down into your soil and make your soil almost compost-like.

Of course, in the Chicago-land area you can get your mulch, topsoil & compost from us here at A.G. Landscape Materials at 24 W 733 Lake Street, Roselle, IL. You can come into our yard and pick up the bulk material or you can call us at (630) 295-8190 or e-mail us through our web-site at and order the material for delivery to your home or business.

In addition to the fall landscaping projects you may have going on, don’t forget to get your firewood. Our Mixed Firewood is split, seasoned, and ready to burn. So after working outside in the chilly air, come into your home and relax in front of roaring fire and warm up.

Looking for a Blog About Landscaping

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

As I sit here about to write my new blog – I started thinking about all the blogs I’ve already written and
the information they contain. Man, there’s quite a few. We have written blogs regarding Landscape Design, Landscape Planning, Explanation of Materials, Which material fits your application, How to figure how much material you need for a particular project, etc. If you are considering a landscape project in the future, I encourage you to access previous posts through our web-site at I know we’ve covered a lot of topics since I began blogging in 2009, but in the landscape world there is always something to talk about and with my 30+ years of experience, I love to educate and share my experiences and knowledge.

If you have a specific topic you’d like me to cover in one of my upcoming blogs, please let me know.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or my staff via e-mail through the website @ or call us at (630) 295-8190 if you have any questions regarding landscaping and/or materials.

There’s Still Time for Those Landscape Projects

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

I can’t believe that it’s the beginning of August, time to get the kids ready to go back to school and to ready myself for the upcoming football season (the Bears play their first Pre-Season game this Friday).

I look around my yard and think of all the things I didn’t get done in my own yard. Because of some “real life” things my family and I had to deal with, I admit that we didn’t get many flowers planted, I didn’t get all of my mulch installed, my bushes certainly could use a trim, and about 20 other things that I should have done. Does this sound at all familiar? Here’s the good news….There’s still time.

I know that Fall is a great time for planting trees, shrubs, and bulbs, to install a layer a mulch, for trimming bushes and the other 20 the things on my “Honey Do” list. There’s still time to get your projects done as well. A.G. Landscape Materials can still provide the materials you need to complete your outdoor projects (even the hardscape ones). By calling (630) 295-8190 or e-mailing us through our website @ you can be assured that you’re materials can be delivered to your Chicago-land area home so that you can get those projects done.

So for now, I think I’m gonna take this time to enjoy the next week or so. I’m going to invite over some friends, I’m going to cook some things on the grill, I’m going to have a few beverages and sit around a fire (wood of course from A.G. Landscape Materials). After all….. There’s still time.