I hate pine straw!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Danscapes, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. Danscapes

    Danscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have to hand it to you southern boys, you make the pine straw look good! I just did a 40 bale straw job today and it looks nothing like the pics I see on here. This customer is a annual job and loves the work I do, nice cut edges and properly pruned shrubs, etc. (she always says how great it looks when I finish) but I'm just unhappy with the results. I see pics of jobs were the pine straw is real nice and fluffy, and as hard as I try I just can't seem to get good results. I bust the bales up as you would a seed and straw job and shake it out but it always lays flat. I dunno:cry:...........................and no I don't have pics........I'm too embarrassed.:laugh:
     
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I feel ya pain. I hate messin with pine straw. Ill stick with my mulch installs
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  3. BlazerRidge

    BlazerRidge LawnSite Member
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    I agree. I've only messed with pine straw a couple times because I'm a little farther north than where its really popular. Generally I don't even suggest it to my customers unless they specifically ask for it.
     
  4. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    It will settle and look better soon, just takes time.
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  5. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We're installing 150bales, Friday.

    I'm not a huge fan, either. But, I have a group of teens who are good with them.
     
  6. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I love doing pinestraw- BUT a big part of it is the quality of the bales. If you get a load that has really tight packed bales that have been sitting for a while, they are a pain to spread...might take 4 or 5x longer to do one bale and spread it nicely.

    A nice, dry, loose, clean bale can go down FAST- those are obviously the ones you want. Sometimes you don't have a choice tho... If i'm in the trailer picking up 20 or 30 bales for a job, I make a point to pick the bales on TOP of the stacks- they are less packed and tend to be more loose. ...sounds crazy but I think it saves time.
     
  7. slawn

    slawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Make sure you use long red straw, the short slash straw looks like crap no matter what you do. Put it down thick and tuck and roll the edges.
     
  8. rowdiestang

    rowdiestang LawnSite Member
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    Just like Slawn said, only use long needle straw, over lap the edges and use a blower to tuck it back under. It gives it a real thick look. Don't use short needle, it always takes way more bales to do the job and looks like crap. Slash will work but is not as good as the long needle
     
  9. Casey'sLM

    Casey'sLM LawnSite Member
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    I love pine straw! I prefer it over mulch. The best way to make it look good is to roll the edges. Hey rowdie, nice too see another guy from the Augusta/Grovetown area. Whats your company name?
     
  10. rowdiestang

    rowdiestang LawnSite Member
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    Augusta Grounds Inc.
     

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