Pine straw

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Jonathan Johnson, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. Jonathan Johnson

    Jonathan Johnson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    How do you quote pine straw jobs? Thanks,
  2. Joel D

    Joel D LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    I quote by the bale.
  3. CTNC

    CTNC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    pine straw estimation is a moving target. I honestly walk the property with a pen a paper (which you should always have to take notes) count out how many bales you believe you might need. Lets say you count 120 bales...go ahead and quote it for 130 bales to be sure you have enough. Multiply that by your bale price. Depending on where you are and the price of pine straw it is pretty common around here to get 2x's what you paid for it, installed.

    Hope this helps.
  4. Jonathan Johnson

    Jonathan Johnson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    That does help. How many square feet would you say one bale covers? Thanks,
  5. mathews

    mathews LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    square feet not a good idea (at least not for us) for whatever reason over the last 3-4 seasons our bales have varied more than you would think they should... Grab a few bales from wherever you get them and spread them as thick as you want it then i guess you could measure the area. Maybe do this at your house or shoot even on the yard and then pick back up and put into trash bag?!
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,646

    If the beds are clean and everything is trimmed I charge 1.25$ to 1.50$ per bail, once the season starts I don't do it.
  7. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,001

    We charge 2 to 3 dollars per bale over our cost depending on the job size and travel distance. For good thick coverage an average bale will cover 6 by 6 feet.
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  8. Jcl4slc

    Jcl4slc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    What I always do is try to talk to the customer and look at the property. I am upfront on how we charge for pine straw. We get pinestraw for 6 dollars a bale and pick up, deliver and install for 12 or double the price. I tell them I'm guessing that it should take "x" amount of bales and it should be "x" dollars. If we use less your price will be reduced. If we use more your price will be slightly hire. Inform them that you are a professional and you do this everyday and normally very close to the number you estimated. I normally estimate slightly hire. People like getting a lower cost than estimated. That also builds a relationship for your trust and honesty. Always be honest. If people want a firm bid , I bid heavy and extra. There is nothing worse than not making money because you under estimated or thought you and your crew were superman. The double your price method for straw is the easiest way.
  9. mathews

    mathews LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    This^ Remember if you are only charging $1-$3 per bale you may just be covering ur actual cost after buying it, going to get it, loading it bringing it back and unloading it then putting it out. If you are a weekly 10-12month customer i usually do it for 10.50-11.00/bale other than that we are around 12-12.50
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,646

    I quoted a 200 bale job for 1.25$ per bale and the feller said I was too high. I didn't argue with him, I just got off the phone real fast. Ill do some little jobs on the cheap this time of year, and 1.25$ per bale is cheap.

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