View Full Version : Anybody spreading pinestraw this time of year?

12-31-2004, 03:33 AM
Anybody spreading pinestraw this time of year? 95% of leaves are down here, thinking about pushing the pinestraw, but I do not want to waste my time if it's too early.

12-31-2004, 08:20 AM
Doing lots of pinestraw right now. I perfer to push back when the mowing is slowed way down. Right now the price is even down, last load I picked up was 2.50 a bale.

12-31-2004, 02:45 PM
Must be nice, pine straw here in North Louisiana is $5-$7 a bale. We are surrounded by pine trees but unfortunately they are short needle. So most of our straw, that's worth using, is shipped in from Ga or FL.

12-31-2004, 06:11 PM
Yes - Did about 800 last week. Leaves are off the trees so it is a great time to do it as it will cover the last of the leaves that get stuck in the needles and make your clean-up jobs look sloppy. I will do about 3000 over the winter so it will give one crew a week or so of work.
Buying for $3.00 now so if anybody knows of any cheaper in NC (Charlotte) please tell.

01-09-2005, 05:12 PM
thanks for the replies. Didn't think I got any feedback because I did not get an email notification on this thread. Just went back & checked all my "started threads".

Adamma Landscape Group
01-19-2005, 12:51 AM
In our area the leaves are all down due to the storms. A lot of people have finished leave removal and are laying pine straw. Most of our customers like to do it in spring when no single leave will fall on it.

01-19-2005, 07:28 PM
A few customers have wanted straw, but most will wait untill March or so. Other than that just on our new installs.

02-03-2005, 08:16 PM
we start on 3K bales next week.
we will be finished with pampas wednesday. we'll start laying thursday.

02-11-2005, 06:44 PM
Just finished 1500 bales last week, and did 1300 3 weeks ago. It all depends on the property and what kind of trees you are dealing with. I had properties in ATL that had lots of Oaks around the perimeter of the property and they of course hold onto their leaves until the new growth pushes the final ones off. So for those properties, they would get strawed in March or April.

02-11-2005, 08:02 PM
how do you guys measure for pine straw, as in how many bales per 1000 sq.ft.? or how many sqft. does a bales cover? never done pine straw but have thought about it recently. thanks guys.

02-14-2005, 10:33 AM
i plant art, The way we bid out pinestraw is 1 bale per 55 sq. ft. On a new installation where you are converting from Mulch to Pinestraw or over bare ground, we go at 50 sq.ft., but when you are just touching up pinestraw, we say it can go up to 60 feet. But as a good rule, we say 55.

02-16-2005, 10:21 AM
I figure 50 sq. ft. per bale. This gives me a little leeway since most bales will give you 50-60 sq. ft. Charge this year is $8.50/bale, material and installation included.