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03-24-2004, 08:01 PM

I was just wondering how much you guys would charge for putting down 100 bails of pinestraw. I am able to get it for 2.85 a bail.

Thanks for your help

03-24-2004, 08:10 PM
This is kinda my first pinestraw job and i was looking for some advice.


03-24-2004, 08:20 PM
I usually charge 3.00 per bale over what it cost me to buy.

03-24-2004, 08:23 PM

How much do you get it for Tim

03-24-2004, 08:43 PM
So you are saying I should charge 585 dollars for the pine straw.

Seems a little high to me but i am new and never bidded on a pinestraw job


03-24-2004, 08:44 PM
I bid mine at $2.50 per bale.

03-24-2004, 08:45 PM
yeah but how much do you get it for

03-24-2004, 08:50 PM
I get the bales for 2.85. I have to pick them up so I mark them at 3.85 wich is what the home owner can get them for. I charge 1.50 per bale to install. We have a local company that does nothing but pine straw. Fifty bales and up his crews will put it down for 4.00 a bale. Guess it all depends where you are at.

03-24-2004, 08:54 PM
Thanks for your advice

03-24-2004, 09:05 PM
I buy directly from the pine straw guy so I get them for two bucks each.

03-24-2004, 09:11 PM
I charge $7.00 per bale installed. So the price for 100 would be $700.00.

KL Squared
03-24-2004, 09:45 PM
I charge $3.00 labor on top of what I pay for the straw. The final can change depending on the closest location That I can get the straw. This year my total price is $6.25 per bale. No one has complained yet.

03-24-2004, 09:51 PM
We pay $3.00 for bale and charge $6.75 to have it installed. We only spread straw for our regular customers or landscaping jobs. We do not make but 10-12% profit on pine straw.

03-24-2004, 10:01 PM

Anyone have pricing for around Atlanta.

03-24-2004, 10:05 PM
cw, when I was in Atlanta, I charged $6.75. Seemed to be about the going price.

03-24-2004, 10:10 PM
A good price in the metro Atlanta area is 5.50 per/bale

03-24-2004, 10:21 PM
Thanks you guys have been a ton of help!

03-24-2004, 10:41 PM
Here in eastern NC we are getting 7.00 a bale installed. We cant get our bales of straw as cheap as some of you 3.25 is the best we have been getting it for.

Envy Lawn Service
03-24-2004, 10:53 PM
$7 a bale? How many square feet does one bail cover? Never done pine straw.

03-24-2004, 10:57 PM
I think technically one bale of pinestraw is supposed to cover 100sq/ft or a 10x10 foot area. Of course, it depends on how lightly or heavy you spread it.

03-24-2004, 11:02 PM
I get it for
3.80 plus tax then I add 3.00 for the labor.

03-24-2004, 11:11 PM
Of course it depends on the type of Pine Straw. For the Ga long leafs that I get for 2.99 a bale, I charge 6.00...

Cut 2 Please
03-24-2004, 11:52 PM
Here I have to pay between $3.50 and $4.00 a bale. I charge $8.00 a bale installed.

03-27-2004, 11:43 AM
Has anyone else noticed a great variance in the size of bales? It seems everytime I order straw, the bales are a different size depending on who it comes from. Home Depot bales seem to be the only consistent size, but are overpriced for the size and the quality is the worst.(3.25) Had some delivered last week for 2.75/bale, good color, very few sticks, no old matted junk in it, but the bales were kind of small. What is the most common size you folks are seeing? Next time I get some I'll measure it and post the dimensions. It makes it really hard to estimate how much I'll need if the bales are inconsistent in size.


04-08-2004, 11:17 PM
Originally posted by imograss
I usually charge 3.00 per bale over what it cost me to buy.
I charge exactly the same and still have to put up with the homeowner's indignant ?'s about my high pricing

Critical Care
04-09-2004, 08:29 PM
If you guys come out here you can have all you want for free. I probably have about 200 ponderosas and have burned enough this year to fill up the back of an 18 wheeler. We just can't get rid of it fast enough.

Funny... one website I looked at concerning starting a pine straw business, mentions selling it at $8.00 per bale. That doesn't sound like the going rate, and sure doesn't sound like it would be a profitable undertaking.

04-11-2004, 11:21 AM
Hey Aleman or for that matter anyone on the east coast,

Who is your supplier for mulch at 2.99 a bale? I need 500 bales delivered to central NC. don't want to have to pay 4.00 each. Thanks for any information you can supply!

04-11-2004, 12:01 PM
I've definitely noticed a difference in the size of the bales-Home Depot being the most consistent and the freshest-Lowes are smaller and seem to be anything but fresh and have mildew and matted straw inside the bales. I'm paying 3.25 @Depot

04-11-2004, 09:49 PM
I got some at HD last week and it was awful. Sticks and matted. Poor color(faded looking). Never again!

04-12-2004, 12:29 AM
I pay on the average $3.25 per bale and I charge $7.25 installed.