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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois

Soil and Compost Sources

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Cubic Yard Needs Calculation: Measure Length x Width x Height (in feet) divided by 27 = amount of cubic yards needed. All prices are per cubic yard.

NOTE: You must keep all measurements the same e.g. in feet (inches must be converted into fractions of a foot).

The Resource Center Provides compost, manure, top soil, mixed soil, bricks and rocks.

222 E. 135th Place Compost $30

Chicago, IL 60627 Soil $20

773.821.1351/fax: 773.821.7462 Compost/soil mix $25

www.resourcecenterchicago.orgDelivery fee $45-$75, dependent upon distance

Lake Street Supply Co. Leaf or Mushroom Compost $ 26

1810 W Lake Street Garden Mix Soil $ 34

Chicago, IL 60612 Delivery fee $60


Noble Horse Provides free organic manure for pick-up.

1410 N. Orleans Delivery only by the trailer (usually 20 cy).

Chicago, IL 60610 Call for information

312.266.7878/fax: 312.266.2124

Earth Inc. Provides topsoil, construction sand, crushed stone.

1100 N. Ellis Top Soil $149.16 per 5cy to West side of City

Bensonville, IL 60106 Top soil $216 for 20cy to West side of City

630.860.7711 Delivery fee included in price

Call for prices on your estimate of how much soil/crushed stone you need - delivery is in 2-3 days. COD only.

EZ Tree Recycling Shredded Mulch $11

7050 S Dorchester Avenue Playground Woodchips $16

Chicago, IL 60637 Delivery fee: $50-90

(773) 493-8600

(If you are from a tax-exempt institution, please say so when you call!)

Land and Lakes Community groups only:

Wheeling, Willow Ranch, Chicago facilities Will deliver bulk loads (25-30 yards) for free.

River Bend Prairie Landfill Call Phil Donegan at 708-955-0458

1220 East 138th Street

Chicago, IL 60827 Pickup Prices for Compost: $12 per yard
Phone: 773-264-8508

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