pine straw

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kjslawn, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a cust that has grade A cypress mulch theuy want to save money on mulch. Can I use Pine straw? Is it cheaper? Easier to spread? Or should I just use brown hardwood?
     
  2. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i did a job x mas eve that needed pine straw,i will post the price per bundle in a min
     
  3. STRINGALATION

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
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    i'm waiting aswell. i know where to get it i want to firure out the amount of coverage
     
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Some say anywhere between 70 and 100 sq feet per bale, I put it down thick so I am figuring 25 sq ft per bale. Pine straw is not hard to spread but it is aggravating as its dusty and sticks together. I like the looks of pine straw so much better than mulched wood and it doesn't float out of low places, though if you are no careful pine straw will blow away if not installed properly. Pine straw also edges better than chips as it doesnt fly out of the beds onto the lawn when the edger hits it.
     
  5. grass2cash

    grass2cash LawnSite Member
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    I know that its not a huge concern of yours being that its a customer's property, but spiders absolutely love pine straw. My neighbor was bitten by a Brown recluse while planting in her flower bed... the bed was layered in pine straw.
     
  6. Trenchblade

    Trenchblade LawnSite Senior Member
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    if you are thinking of laying some pine straw you should check out www.trenchblade.com to use to trench your bed lines.
     
  7. ED'S LAWNCARE

    ED'S LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just did a job last month I used 3 bales per 100sq. Nice and thick customer loved it.
     
  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thats about what I use, 25-35 sq ft. per bale, it does look really nice.
     
  9. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is this easier the reg mulch? more Profitible? what the shelf life? does it braek down
    like mulch. got to be better than shoveling mulch from the back of truck right. Sorry so many question but I seen it on a new install and I like it.
     
  10. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 943

    The Plus on Pinestraw is that its very easy to lay, gets great coverage, and should be replaced 2 to 3 times per year.

    The Minus on Pinestraw is that it loses its look after about a week or 2, not really profitable unless you are installing 100 plus bales a day and buying in bulk, and can attrach more bugs then mulch or rocks.
     

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