How do you measure grass seed?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by JimMarshall, May 17, 2013.

  1. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 316

    Not to plant.. I know how to do that...

    I sell bulk materials - topsoil, mulch, etc. I have a lot of customers wanting to purchase grass seed/straw as well.... My grass seed is in 50 # bags..... I normally just eyeball it, which I know is costing me money from eyeballing on the high side, because I am NOT going to give someone less than what they are paying for..... So, what are you guys using to weigh items like this?
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Weigh the amount that you get in your Scoop, such as a coffee can filled to the top weighs 1.26 lbs... different seeds may weigh different amounts, so experiment a while and make a decision about how it works out...

    At least you'll be close w.out weighing every bag at point of sale... :)
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,814

    To be legal, you will have to weigh it on a certified scale, (in most states). You could perhaps weigh it on a kitchen scale with a 1 to 20 pound capacity.

    Perhaps it would be legal to sell it by the quart. Perhaps...

    Some stores around here use a self-serve dip-out-of-the-barrel system, but I think they must weigh it at checkout. It may not be legal to sell seed without the label indicating test date, variety, and percent germination.
  4. Turboguy

    Turboguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,972

    I agree with you about it needing to be a certified scale to be legal. The scale probably needs to be checked by the bureau of weights and measures once a year as well.

    Way back I have bought seed a number of times from hardware stores and they just weighed it in the certified scale and dumped it into a paper bag, no labels or test info. I think you are probably right about legally needing the test results and certification but I think there is a lot of seed sold without it. Nowadays I buy my seed by the ton. (pallet of 40, 50 pound bags, actually)

    In a small scale operation you can probably just weigh it on a good scale and get away with it but you won't really be legal. Another option might be to sell it in a plastic bucket and price the bucket without saying it is "x weight" and just saying it is about 5 pounds ie, one bucket of seed $ 12.95, approximately 5 pounds.
  5. Dunlaps LawnCare

    Dunlaps LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    what kinda seed you got?
  6. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 316

    What do you need Matt? I have shady mix, and a "Penn State" style mix in stock always, normally have athletic and a three way turftype perennial rye in stock normally too.
  7. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 316

    PS, I started stocking and selling 50' rolls of good spunbound typar weed control fabric too.
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    The legality of 'labels' and 'certified weights' are legal issue put together for the purpose of Consumer Protection... that is their purpose and intent...

    Interestting that these 'laws' serve to intimidate people into areas that are not in question... do I need to be protected from a "Rip-Off' selling me a scoop of seed in a paper bag at the local nursery???

    Laws are made for a purpose,,, and 'compliance' is not the purpose, unless judges are to become useless appendages of our 'legal system'...
    Bureau of Weights and Measures:
    [... the broccoli weighed 2.345 oz at 6AM this morning and the weights and Measures Inspector weighed it at 1.987 oz. this afternoon around 2PM... Automatic Penalties take place immediately...] :)

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