wholesale pine straw

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by grassmasterswilson, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    I just saw that my local lawn store where I buy pine straw has raised its price to $5.25 a bale. This is for long needle. I usually try to get $2 a bale over purchase price and taxes. You guys think 5.25 is high?

    Anyone know a good company that delivers semi truck loads? How many bales per load? Cost per bale? Just curious if it would be worth it if a couple of us got one.
     
  2. Buddy Buds

    Buddy Buds LawnSite Member
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    In North Ga. we are paying $2.95 a bale. A semi load is 1106 bales. Most of what you find is slash but it looks really good.
     
  3. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have found it too be cheaper just to go to lowes, its $3.99 there. Every year here the bales are getting smaller and dirtier, yet prices keep going up. FWIW, I charge $7.50 per bale, that include pick up and delivery.
     
  4. 1wezil

    1wezil LawnSite Senior Member
    from tn
    Posts: 535

    bump te bump te bump
     
  5. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    You can probably get a semi load from GA at $2.50 a bale for slash and cheaper for loblolly.
     
  6. Buddy Buds

    Buddy Buds LawnSite Member
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    When I say you get 1106 bales on a truck these are large bales. Some producers use small bales that come 1400? to a truck.
     
  7. sbarnes

    sbarnes LawnSite Member
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    I am a pinestraw producer, my family has been in the business since 1980 and I have seen the bales get smaller over time. currently our bales are 13 x 12 x 28 and load a 53' trailer with 1386 bales. with todays fuel prices our main buyer asked today to cut our bales down to 26" so we can load 1449 bales because of fuel prices.
     
  8. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    you are paying way too much for straw. buy wholsesale from the farm or a dealer that buys from the farm.
     
  9. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    Here in Louisville, we get a semi delivered (we have to unload it) for around 3.80 a bale. If we find out it's dirty, wet or full of debris, we get a price cut.
     
  10. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 946

    I get nice, clean bales for $5.50 from a straw co. I get pretty much the best price around... Why am I paying so much more than the rest of you'll?? :hammerhead::hammerhead:
     

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