How to charge for Pine Straw?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jodym, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. jodym

    jodym LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    What do you guy's charge to install pine straw? Pine Straw goes for $3.50 a bale for long including tax. Most of my jobs have been 20 to 25 bales. I've been charging $5.50 a bale. That includes the purchase, delivery and installing. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :confused:
  2. landscaper22

    landscaper22 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    That's about what I charge. I usually charge $2-2.25 per bale plus the cost of the straw. You can get long leaf a little cheaper than I can. Around here slash is 3.50 and long runs about 4-4.25/bale not including tax. You must be from South Georgia where the straw suppliers are.
  3. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 556

    Why would you be using pine straw that stuff is a headache. I know people who would pay you to clean it up.
  4. NC Greenscaper

    NC Greenscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    I'm in NC and my price is 4.50. I try to get $8 per bale spread.
  5. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    Like NC Greenscaper, I add $3.50 to the cost of the pinestraw.
  6. landscaper22

    landscaper22 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I don't think many people will pay 3.50 for the labor in my area. That is a good profit. I spread about 20 bales per hour, at an average pace. Well, I would probably charge more for 20 bales or less, or tack on an additional delivery fee. But I have several accounts that require about 100 bales. So for accounts like this, I feel my price is fair to spread it.
  7. mx315

    mx315 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    I can get Lowes to price match a local nursery at $3.00 per bale plus tax, which comes to $3.29. About half way through the summer I talked to one of my buddies that has a huge LCO and he gave me the name of a company that installs straw. He will sell & deliver straw for $2.75 a bale and install it for $4.50 per bale. The going rate here is $7.00 per bale installed, but I charge $6.50 installed. I make $2 per bale and never have to touch it. If it's more than 40 bales I sub it to those guys. Call some of the bigger companies in your area and ask who they use for straw. These guys can put down about 700 bales a day!
  8. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    Hey Jodym, I don't know what part of GA you are in but around here we get $8.00-$8.50 per bale installed. There are a couple of local places that we can get it for 3.25 per bale so that puts it at 3.48 after tax. At the bare minimum you should be doubling the price of the bale so 7.00 per bale at the least. This price does include tucking and rolling the straw which gives it a great finished look! I don't know if your area can handle these prices but it is the norm around here.
  9. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    Why would you say something like that? There are million dollar homes that have several hundred bales of pine straw on the property! This pinestraw gets replaced at least twice each year. Lets do some ciphering shall we?

    100 bales purchased @ 3.50 each = $350.00
    100 bales installed @ $8.00 each = $800.00
    2 guys could put down this 100 bales in about 5 hours. Some can do it faster but that is our speed and it has a clean look when the edges are rolled and tucked.
    Helper gets paid $10 per hour @ 5 hours = $50.00
    450-50 = 400
    400/5 hours =$80.00 per hour
    No drive time, no gas spent, no wear on equipment.
    This sounds like pretty good money to me.

    Unless you were just implying that pinestraw is ugly in which case that is fine too. I'm not that fond of red mulch but there are tons of people that put it out.

    So I guess the best answer to your question is "Because someone is going to pay him to do it."
  10. jodym

    jodym LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks for your help. I may be able to adjust may rates accordingly this year. How do you price leaf clean-up? My yards range from 1/2 -2 acres. Oh i'm 10 miles south of Macon.:waving:

Share This Page