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georgiaboy
02-16-2006, 02:27 PM
What is everyone charging to set out pine straw for machine bailed and for hand bailed. This is a common request and I have just been pricing according to hours of labor. Just wondering what the going rate is? Thanks in advance for the help.

jeffhendrix
02-16-2006, 04:38 PM
I buy straw for 3.20 a bale and charge customers 7.00 to install

lawnsbyrj
02-16-2006, 05:17 PM
that is me
I charge double what they cost

Rhett
02-16-2006, 05:50 PM
Thats it. Moving to Pensacola. I get it for 3.15 and charge 5.25 installed. Used to have a company around that would install for 4.25 and would pocket the buck for doing nothing. Real nice have a two hundred day for doing nothing.

Lawnworks
02-16-2006, 06:27 PM
I would imagine in Columbus the going rate would be $2-3 a bale for labor. And then you will have guys that will put it down for 50 cents a bale. Someone delivers and spreads slash for me for $4 a bale. I just make the phone call!

Duck Dodger
02-16-2006, 06:40 PM
You should charge at least 4 for labor. They don't machine bail pinestraw it is done with rakes and a box that is in the shape of bails.

Collin
02-16-2006, 06:53 PM
I Charge $6.25 Per Bale

Lawnworks
02-16-2006, 07:07 PM
You should charge at least 4 for labor. They don't machine bail pinestraw it is done with rakes and a box that is in the shape of bails.

How can you say that when you are in a different region? I understand that in different areas the rates are very different, but in GA you will not get the job charging 7-8 dollars a bale.

Duck Dodger
02-16-2006, 07:53 PM
I say that because most employees put out like 10-12 bails and hour. I bleive most folks like to make a t least 40 per hour and you have to go pick it up. It really depends on if you are trying to make money or you just want something to do. I also just moved form atlnata so I know what the market will bare in georgia. I also know most serious landscape companies in ATL charge 6.50-7.50 and buying it by the trailer they are probably paying 2.75-3.00 per bail maybe even less.

mslawn
02-16-2006, 07:54 PM
14.00 bale installed

kozmo
02-16-2006, 09:00 PM
what is pinestraw and how about picture Iam a dumb sprinkler guy from jersey

Lawnworks
02-16-2006, 10:29 PM
I say that because most employees put out like 10-12 bails and hour. I bleive most folks like to make a t least 40 per hour and you have to go pick it up. It really depends on if you are trying to make money or you just want something to do. I also just moved form atlnata so I know what the market will bare in georgia. I also know most serious landscape companies in ATL charge 6.50-7.50 and buying it by the trailer they are probably paying 2.75-3.00 per bail maybe even less.

Yeah I could definately understand the ATL bearing that price. Maybe I need to raise my rate... it wouldn't hurt to lose some pine straw business. I think $3 labor would be about the max for me though.

WarEagleCRL
02-16-2006, 10:33 PM
I charge $7/bale in Alabama, get it delivered $3.50/bale. I'm oly like 2 hrs from Atl. Wish I could charge more but everyone complains as it is, customers about how much and my workers because it sux

LLandscaping
02-16-2006, 11:31 PM
We charge $8 a bale installed and it costs us $3.25 a bale.

bicmudpuppy
02-17-2006, 01:47 AM
Ok, where can I get pine straw that will ship it cross country without buying a truck load? I've used straw before and I like the way it looks. I've got a job bid that is perfect for it, but the only supplier I've found is a retail internet outfit. 40 bales to cover approx. 2200'sq is going to cost me almost $900 delivered to me here in KS. After that, I still have to charge for installing it. You guys make this price sound like highway robbery. If the going rate is less than $4 / bale in the SE, can I get it shipped to the west KC metro for double that? The shipping portion on the 40 bales (4 bales to a box, 10 boxes) was quoted at $200 of that $900 price.

Could I get 100 bales shipped here for $900 from another supplier? That would bring it down to ten bucks a bale and I would just have to inventory the extra for a future job. If the extra is paid for, I could risk it! :)

bicmudpuppy
02-19-2006, 12:58 PM
Ok, where can I get pine straw that will ship it cross country without buying a truck load? I've used straw before and I like the way it looks. I've got a job bid that is perfect for it, but the only supplier I've found is a retail internet outfit. 40 bales to cover approx. 2200'sq is going to cost me almost $900 delivered to me here in KS. After that, I still have to charge for installing it. You guys make this price sound like highway robbery. If the going rate is less than $4 / bale in the SE, can I get it shipped to the west KC metro for double that? The shipping portion on the 40 bales (4 bales to a box, 10 boxes) was quoted at $200 of that $900 price.

Could I get 100 bales shipped here for $900 from another supplier? That would bring it down to ten bucks a bale and I would just have to inventory the extra for a future job. If the extra is paid for, I could risk it! :)
I'm going to pull this one back up to the top in hopes that some of you that use straw on a regular basis might be kind enough to reply with a vendor or two who might be able to ship straw to the KC area. The idea of paying 15 a bale plus freight doesn't seem quite right, but if that is what I have to do to for this job I will. I received the signed contract Friday, so I have to order the straw in the next few days, 15 buck a bale or not.

lawnspecialties
02-19-2006, 01:57 PM
14.00 bale installed

You are my Hero

mslawn
02-19-2006, 02:34 PM
I'm going to pull this one back up to the top in hopes that some of you that use straw on a regular basis might be kind enough to reply with a vendor or two who might be able to ship straw to the KC area. The idea of paying 15 a bale plus freight doesn't seem quite right, but if that is what I have to do to for this job I will. I received the signed contract Friday, so I have to order the straw in the next few days, 15 buck a bale or not.

You could put out Synthetic (Textraw) for that price, might be something to think about.

lawnsbyrj
02-19-2006, 02:45 PM
i am not sure who thinks that bails are not machine bailed but I know that i have personally watched them raked inot rows and gotten up with a tractor and bailer. U can also feed it into the bailer with pitch forks.

mslawn
02-19-2006, 02:54 PM
Hey bicmudpuppy, here is a link with pics of that synthetic straw.
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=130387&highlight=synthetic+pine+straw

His Scapes
02-19-2006, 10:33 PM
I am 30 min. north of ATL I can buy pinestraw from a store front for $3 a bale. I charge 5.50 to install it but only on a maintenance customer. I charge $6 on others. I know of about 7 very large guys around here and they all charge $6. Also if one of my guys only put out 10-12 bales an hour he would be looking for another job!! We average about 20 an hour.

TScapes
02-20-2006, 02:46 PM
We charge $6.50-7.50 per bale installed. I can actually have someone come up from GA to do it for me @ $4.75.

old dog 80
02-20-2006, 06:01 PM
In Pennsylvania we don't use pine straw!