View Full Version : Pine straw question

05-25-2007, 02:35 PM
How much do you add on to the price of pine straw bales for picking up and bringing the bales to the jobsite? Locally the bales are around $4 each and the customer is less than 5 miles from the place I plan to buy the bales from.

05-25-2007, 02:42 PM
I pay about the same per bale and I charge 12.00 per bale. That is for the straw, delivery, and placement....

05-25-2007, 11:07 PM

05-25-2007, 11:14 PM
2.5 x $4.00 = $10.00 x number of needles = Price

You never tell a customer how much you charge per bale otherwise they freak out. Just tell em what it is gonna cost. Count it out and if it comes to 20 bales you tell the customer that it will be $200 to install the needles. If they say no, o well, that is the only way you're gonna make money in this business. You guys need to grow some balls and stop doing this **** for free.

05-25-2007, 11:18 PM
I can get pine straw for $3.25 per bale, no tax. I normally charge $8 per bale. Most LCO's in my are charge between $6-7 a bale. I never give a per bale cost to the customer. I just measure the sqft of the areas, figure 1 bale covers around 30 to 40 sqft, work the price out in my head and give the estimate.
Most customers dont know how many bales they need so they never know my cost per bale.

I hope this helps

05-26-2007, 08:02 AM
I gotta move. My cost per bale is 3.25. I charge 5.00 to 5.25 per bale installed.

05-26-2007, 09:43 AM
PLZ forgive me.... But what do you do with pine straw ?

05-26-2007, 11:21 AM
PLZ forgive me.... But what do you do with pine straw ?

You spread it out around trees, in islands, around the house.........same as you would with mulch. It is a very common practice in our neck of the woods. It looks very nice if it is done right. The way the border or perimeter is done will make a huge difference in how it looks. If you just spread the pine straw out it will look OK. To make it really look good the edges need to be rolled and tucked. It takes a little longer but it is worth it.

We charge $8.50-9.00 per bale and it costs $3.15 per bale.