how much pine straw needed?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Geo2199, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. Geo2199

    Geo2199 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    When you know the size of the area needed lay pine straw down, how do you figure out the amount of pine straw bails to use? Like how much area does one bail of pine straw cover if spread lightly over existing pine straw?
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  2. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. Geo2199

    Geo2199 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    Thankyou. That is the best site I have found so far for the calculator. I have gone to 4 different sites in all and their calculators all give me a different amount of bale to purchase.

    Is a $2 up charge per bale unreasonable to lay them down. I get them for around $3.50 a bale and wanted to charge $5.50 to pick it up and install it. Or should I charge $3 since I have to weed eat some weeds sticking through the bare spots where there is no longer anymore pine straw before I lay down the new ones?
  4. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    That's a lot of tell you a bale covers 50SF, huh?
  5. Eagleseye

    Eagleseye LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I will tell you, down in Tallahassee, we buy pinestraw for about 2.65 bale delivered to site. Going rate for residential is about 5.75 to 6.25 installed, about a dollar less for commercial. I would offer your client a couple of things, weeding beds prior to install with an additional charge. Keep it seperate. Weed control application "round up" ext....
    Spreading pinestraw is not pulling weeds or preparing beds for new mulch. My company spreads about 3 to 4 thousand bales a year and i never lose at this method.. Good luck!!
  6. Geo2199

    Geo2199 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    That's exactly what I did. I charged a fee to pull out the weeds and to apply weed killer prior to installation. Going to make $100 profit laying out 35 bales of pine straw charging 2$ over cost to install them and deliver
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  7. GravelyWoman

    GravelyWoman LawnSite Member
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    I price the job in two pieces: 1. to prep the flowerbeds, remove the old mulch, pull weeds and then spray RU. 2.The actual cost of the pinestraw is 5.00 per bale to deliver and $5.00 to install. I add these two cost together and give the customer the quote. I am not going to touch a job for any less. How I came up with that figure is that I priced this around in my area by calling up local companies and getting a phone estimate!!


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