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Pine Straw Bale ????

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Mike's LawnCare Landscape, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. Mike's LawnCare Landscape

    Mike's LawnCare Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 487

    I got to put a bid in for installing 350 bales of pine. I realy don't do pine straw. But thats what they want . They are getting the bales I just need to know how many bales on average (%90 ) is right off the road . Can be done in a hr. Or just how many man hrs will it take to install 350 bales . Thanks for your time and have a good day !!
  2. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    Usually can do 10 (Lots of plants to tuck around) to 15 an hour per person
  3. Mike's LawnCare Landscape

    Mike's LawnCare Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 487

    Glade I asked was thinking a little more then that !! Is every body about the same??
  4. B.H.

    B.H. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    sounds about right since you dont lay straw often...by the end of that one, you'll be up around the 20 mark depending on plants, edges, etc. bring along some ibuprofen though, thats gonna be a long day!:weightlifter:
  5. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    Pine Straw is the the worst thing for my allergies. So take some sudafed or wear a mask, the dust is terrible if you are doing that many. I wear a belt bag and a knife with retractable blade attached to my belt. That way, you can stuff the twine in the bag, and reduce the clean up of twine when you are done. The cutter is nice if you get a tight bail, pulling the twine off is just more work. Don't forget to fold the straw under along the edges of beds. It looks much nicer.

    OH, wear gloves!
  6. christmas79

    christmas79 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    Here in Illinois we throw that pine straw out. But in Florida we did a landscape job in Naples and I had to buy it? :dizzy:
  7. Sanderlin

    Sanderlin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Im pretty slow at putting out pine straw. It would take me all day to put out 100 bales but I have a guy that works for me that can do a 100 bales in a couple of hours. He could make me a ton of money if he would come to work more than a couple of days a week.
  8. jsw2008

    jsw2008 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    The way I figure pinestraw is 10 bales per hour if you're having to spread it around plants or shrubs. Around 20 per hour if its a wide open area. This is including all cleanup and taking care of the edges when I'm done.
  9. anotherturfgeek

    anotherturfgeek LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    the need exists for a pine needle shooter!
  10. hayman5

    hayman5 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    If you can find them you can save a lot of time spreading mini round bales of pine straw. Unroll it like carpet.............

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