Pine needles 150 bales

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by MRGreenstuff, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. MRGreenstuff

    MRGreenstuff LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    Quick question for those that have installed bales of needles.
    I know how much im going to charge but I need a ball park figure on how long
    it should take. 50 small shrubs and 4 trees the rest is open beds.
     
  2. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,675

    5-7 minutes a bail around plants, and about 3 minutes a bail wide open.
     
  3. john_incircuit

    john_incircuit LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 309

    We calculate around 12 to 15 bales an hour, but it all depends on how far you have to move them to get started, the quality of the pine straw, how many plants you have to work around, if you have to stuff the pine straw into the curb, bed edging, etc

    It is a little bit dangerous to set a price without knowing exactly how long it will take, but market forces sometimes require that it is done this way. For a reference, we pay from $3.50 to $4.15 per bale and charge $8.75. This includes a quick stick cleanup prior to applying the pine straw. Bed edging is extra.
     
  4. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Posts: 2,185

    I'd price by the day: 1 day, 2 guys. No matter how long it will take; the day is shot and not much else can be done--
     
  5. LawnSharks

    LawnSharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 300

    We usually figure 3-4 minutes a bale including "blow tucking" with backpacks and cleanup.
    150 bales in not too bad a job.
     

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