Pine straw question

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by cuttin-up, May 25, 2007.

  1. cuttin-up

    cuttin-up LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    How much do you add on to the price of pine straw bales for picking up and bringing the bales to the jobsite? Locally the bales are around $4 each and the customer is less than 5 miles from the place I plan to buy the bales from.
  2. 2menandamower

    2menandamower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 247

    I pay about the same per bale and I charge 12.00 per bale. That is for the straw, delivery, and placement....
  3. cuttin-up

    cuttin-up LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

  4. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    2.5 x $4.00 = $10.00 x number of needles = Price

    You never tell a customer how much you charge per bale otherwise they freak out. Just tell em what it is gonna cost. Count it out and if it comes to 20 bales you tell the customer that it will be $200 to install the needles. If they say no, o well, that is the only way you're gonna make money in this business. You guys need to grow some balls and stop doing this **** for free.
  5. clallen03

    clallen03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 514

    I can get pine straw for $3.25 per bale, no tax. I normally charge $8 per bale. Most LCO's in my are charge between $6-7 a bale. I never give a per bale cost to the customer. I just measure the sqft of the areas, figure 1 bale covers around 30 to 40 sqft, work the price out in my head and give the estimate.
    Most customers dont know how many bales they need so they never know my cost per bale.

    I hope this helps
  6. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    I gotta move. My cost per bale is 3.25. I charge 5.00 to 5.25 per bale installed.
  7. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    PLZ forgive me.... But what do you do with pine straw ?
  8. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    You spread it out around trees, in islands, around the house.........same as you would with mulch. It is a very common practice in our neck of the woods. It looks very nice if it is done right. The way the border or perimeter is done will make a huge difference in how it looks. If you just spread the pine straw out it will look OK. To make it really look good the edges need to be rolled and tucked. It takes a little longer but it is worth it.

    We charge $8.50-9.00 per bale and it costs $3.15 per bale.

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