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Old 05-17-2013, 04:10 PM
southern turf management southern turf management is offline
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Pine Straw Harvesting

Hey guys, I am completely new to the Pine Straw Harvesting business. I have owned and operated a successful Landscape and Lawn Maintenance business in Mobile County for several years and I am branching out.

I have acquired 10 Acres of Slash Straw and we are currently HAND BALING everything. I have an additional 50 Acres I can get on but it needs to be cleaned first, and I am not 100% sure it is all slash. All the trees appear to be the same: size, shape, growth pattern, color, ect. but some of the needles are 6-8 inches and others are 10-12 inches. I am worried they might be or have some loblolly mixed in, any help in identifying the types of trees? (I have my landscape / Horticulture degree and looked up traits of the trees online but am still a little stumped.)

How important is a controlled burn in a pine stand?

I am looking for Vendors, any suggestions besides local landscapers? (We are out of Saraland AL, and are currently baling in Wilmer and Citronelle.)
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:34 PM
Bigred350 Bigred350 is offline
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I would call the Alabama forestry commission and have them come out and give you some tips. I know they will do this because I have a buddy that works for them in Lauderdale county. He does property and tree assessments all the time.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:38 PM
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I'm a landscape contractor as well. And if you want my .02$ then get a bailer that does the rolls. It's much easier to transport rolls to and from job sites and less mess. It always seems like the bales bust to easy and they you can sell them for retail purposes.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:47 PM
alamo707 alamo707 is offline
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Whats the going price for a bail of straw now? I have always thought about hiring someone to bail mine then sell it myself.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:10 PM
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$3.50-$4 a bale in my area... Long leaf is usually a bit more.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:32 PM
alamo707 alamo707 is offline
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I should look into selling mine myself.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:13 AM
southern turf management southern turf management is offline
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Ill contact the forestry commission. I also heard of the "Alabama Pine Straw Association" so i thought that might be a good place foe info.

Most people I've come across prefer bales to rolls.

And I'm selling 2.5 cu ft bales of slash straw for 6.00 per bale retail and 5.00 to anyone who buys in bulk (200+ bales)
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:49 PM
burnthefurniture burnthefurniture is offline
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10-12" needles sounds like longleaf to me, loblolly is typically similar to slash in needle length.
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