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Preventing Shoreline Erosion

Is your house located on a lake and showing signs of serious erosion problems on your shoreline?

Signs of serious problems include: 

  • Bare soil on a steep, high shoreline bank
  • Recession of the shoreline over a period of time
  • Leaning or exposed roots on trees
  • Large patches of muddy water near a lakeshore, or unusually muddy streams during periods of high water or following a rainstorm

To control shoreline erosion, some basic preventive guidelines can benefit you in the long run.  

Caution: Road Construction Ahead

Traveling through highway work zones can be frustrating. Most people do not like being stuck in traffic on a warm summer day. However, in order to have drivable roads and sturdy bridges and overpasses, road construction is a necessity, especially on high traffic roads, highways and interstates throughout Northwest Indiana. Safety is of utmost importance for the road construction crews, trucks delivering materials to individual job sites, and the motorists attempting to navigate torn up roads and lane closures.

Choosing Sand for Your Bunkers

Choosing the right sand for a golf course is serious business. The sand chosen for bunkers can impact playing quality and maintenance, as well as the style of construction and architecture of the course.  There are many factors that need to be considered when choosing the perfect sand, and each component can have a major impact on the overall effect.

What You Should Know About Sand and Gravel

Unless you are working on a construction project, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about sand and gravel.   Easily accessible natural resources, sand and gravel are basic raw materials that are an important component used in construction.   The 2016 mineral commodity summary put out by the USGS tells that $7.2 billion worth of sand and gravel was produced by 6, 300 operations in 2015. That was 702 million tons of sand and gravel shipped in just the first nine months of the year.

The Benefits of Landscape Stone

If you are looking to add curb appeal to your home or construction project, using landscape stone can provide an aesthetic appeal that is long lasting. There are a wide variety of landscape stones that can add natural beauty to any home or business. Not only will the end result look great, but it will also hold up well in inclement weather.


Gravel is an aggregate of small stones. Natural sand and gravel are generally found in rivers and stream valleys where they have been deposited by water, ridges and hills. Sand and gravel are also found where they were left behind by receding glacial action and subsequently altered by erosive forces. Large deposits of gravel are common and are a result of weathering and erosion. When large deposits are not available, gravel can be created by crushing rocks such as limestone, sandstone or basalt. Quarries where gravel is found are often called gravel pits.

Construction Mixes That Make Golf Courses Great

Golfers understand the importance of a properly constructed golf course that provides a firm and uniform surface for putting. The quality of the golf course will make a difference in whether golfers return again or look elsewhere to play the beloved sport. Great golf course aggregates will resist compaction from foot traffic and mowing, allow water and air infiltration, retain nutrients, and hold the right amount of moisture.

Finding the Right Horse Arena Sand

Building a top quality horse arena depends on using high quality materials. Finding the right horse arena sand will make a difference in how the horse arena turns out. Issues that should be considered when choosing horse arena sand supplier are drainage, base depth and materials, and type of top layer. Ideally you want to create an arena with a top layer that provides the horses with proper cushioning and grip. The base layer should be firm and capable of resisting damage from hooves. Water should drain properly so that standing pools of water do not form on the arena.

What is Crushed Limestone?

Limestone is a sedimentary rock that has many uses in construction. Shoreline Aggregates provides INDOT, IDOT and MDOT state approved limestone that adhere to strict quality-control standards. In addition to providing quality limestone products, Shoreline Aggregate provides convenient delivery, competitive prices and excellent customer service. Crushed limestone can be used for a variety of purposes, and whatever the project, Shoreline Aggregate has the type of crushed limestone that you need. All our limestone products can be ordered by the ton, yard or load.

What is Torpedo Sand?

Sand is a naturally occurring material that most of us don’t need to spend much time thinking about until we head to the beach for a fun day in the sun, take the kids out into the sandbox, or need it for a home or commercial construction project. After all, sand is just sand, right? It feels great between our toes, keeps the kids occupied for hours and is a necessary ingredient for many construction projects, but not all sand is the same. The term sand covers a wide range of materials, and it is important to get just the right type of sand to make your project a success.

What Sand Should Be Used for Top Dressing?

Golf courses require routine maintenance to keep the course playable and looking great. There is more to golf course maintenance than just keeping the grass green. On golf courses, Top dressing is routinely applied to create the desired surface that is ideal for playing golf—smooth and firm. Top dressing—spreading sand on the greens—is what creates the ideally smooth and firm surface that is perfect for a round of golf. Not just any type of sand is used as Top dressing. The USGA has recommended standards that ensure a good balance for drainage and moisture control.