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HomeDepo spreading bales for $5

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by 12Valve, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. Brick One Lawns

    Brick One Lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    wow never heard of them doing this. They make plenty though. They're probably paying $2/bale. it's crap pine straw and it isn't long leaf, so it's the crap of crap. The mexicans ride around here selling it for $3/bale $5/installed. I pay a premium but I know the person I buy from is a nice guy, will always be there, gets a good product and also stands behind it. He pays taxes too just like everyone else.
  2. skennedy

    skennedy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    Brick One-

    I agree with the quality issue they have. Good to stick with what you know is good.
  3. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,181

    Thats about what I pay for good quality long leaf extra clean and a really big bale this year.

    This year I also did something new and switched to round bales. 3.5 times the size. Alot heavier to carry but you have to make alot less trips especially when working in back yards.

    That stuff at lowes and home depot is about the worst straw I have ever seen and usually several months old. It isnt flexible like fresh long leaf and leaves so much dust you will be dead in 5 yrs.

    Clients may also fail to see it takes 2 of thoes cheap dry bales to cover as much as a one of our fresh long leaf bales so it actually costs them more.
  4. skennedy

    skennedy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50


    It is tough to educate the client sometimes, but you are right on about the value of the bales you use. We love the color of the long leaf and worked hard to match it with our top spary colorant.
  5. duke12

    duke12 LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 114

    [The mexicans ride around here selling it for $3/bale $5/installed.

    Try to use more appropriate wording. That sounds like a derogatory comment.
    I myself am half Hispanic.
    Thank you
  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    Are you serious dude? You are taking offense to a perfectly valid way of referring to peoples from Mexico (also known as a demonym)? Should people from Japan take offense when referred to as Japanese, or people from the United States as Americans? :rolleyes:
  7. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,162

    Many illegal immigrants from south america are not from Mexico, and are offended by being refered to as Mexican. They'll accept being refered to as Hispanic. Of course, I don't care if I do offend people. :)
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    If only Mexico were part of South America
  9. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,162

    Maybe we can figure a way to cut everything south of the U.S. loose...and let it float away.
  10. pine straw is used pretty widely down here in new orleans

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