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Pine straw rates

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by georgiaboy, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. georgiaboy

    georgiaboy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    What is everyone charging to set out pine straw for machine bailed and for hand bailed. This is a common request and I have just been pricing according to hours of labor. Just wondering what the going rate is? Thanks in advance for the help.
  2. jeffhendrix

    jeffhendrix LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    I buy straw for 3.20 a bale and charge customers 7.00 to install
  3. lawnsbyrj

    lawnsbyrj LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    that is me
    I charge double what they cost
  4. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,071

    Thats it. Moving to Pensacola. I get it for 3.15 and charge 5.25 installed. Used to have a company around that would install for 4.25 and would pocket the buck for doing nothing. Real nice have a two hundred day for doing nothing.
  5. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    I would imagine in Columbus the going rate would be $2-3 a bale for labor. And then you will have guys that will put it down for 50 cents a bale. Someone delivers and spreads slash for me for $4 a bale. I just make the phone call!
  6. Duck Dodger

    Duck Dodger LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    You should charge at least 4 for labor. They don't machine bail pinestraw it is done with rakes and a box that is in the shape of bails.
  7. Collin

    Collin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    I Charge $6.25 Per Bale
  8. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    How can you say that when you are in a different region? I understand that in different areas the rates are very different, but in GA you will not get the job charging 7-8 dollars a bale.
  9. Duck Dodger

    Duck Dodger LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    I say that because most employees put out like 10-12 bails and hour. I bleive most folks like to make a t least 40 per hour and you have to go pick it up. It really depends on if you are trying to make money or you just want something to do. I also just moved form atlnata so I know what the market will bare in georgia. I also know most serious landscape companies in ATL charge 6.50-7.50 and buying it by the trailer they are probably paying 2.75-3.00 per bail maybe even less.
  10. mslawn

    mslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from LA
    Posts: 483

    14.00 bale installed

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