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selling pine straw

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grass chaser, Dec 17, 2002.

  1. grass chaser

    grass chaser LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I was wondering if any one else does what I do when I do pine straw cleanups. I collect the pine straw then run it through my chipper shredder and use it in my customers gardens as mulch. I however charge the customers for the mulch and get paid for doing the cleanup job as well. This takes care of the old problem of disposal and I make triple the money. I charge for the cleanup then I charge for the mulch and I also charge for the application of the mulch. We have a lot of pine straw around our house and all these years I was disposing of it, untill I saw how much they were selling this pine straw mulch at the garden centers. Let me know what you all think of my winter time money maker.
  2. grass chaser

    grass chaser LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I was also wondering how many of you use pine straw as mulch, are there any draw backs that I should know of.
  3. TaylorLawn

    TaylorLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    I often perform the same service, however, I do not mulch the straw, the norm around here is to use it as it is, I have a few clients who have approved of the fact that I was a "reseller" of their yard waste.....they really did not care, for I would only charge them their regular fee for doing the property, then sell the pinestraw, and make back the difference in labor ten fold....I called a local nursery and asked if they could use a few truck loads of clean pine straw, and brought them a sample...they proceeded to give me addresses where I could drop it off, and I then gave them a bill for 50-70$ a load....needless to say it was worth it, and they in turn billed their customers even more. At times when I need the pinestraw for my own customers, and the supply is scarce, I call the same wholesaler that these garden centers use and found out quickly they are making almost a 200% profit by the bale on the stuff......The pinestraw has it's contraindications, such as water run-off can create small valleys which seem to grow underneath unoticed until the product breaks down, and it does need frequent replinishing, I advise to start with a fairly thick undercover of mulch (does not have to be eye pleasing), and top it off with 2-4 inches of straw.....It is a cheaper alternative to offer to your clients who are penny pinching...just my 2 cents..Eric
  4. grass chaser

    grass chaser LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    The only reason I run it through the chipper is that it gives the mulch a better apearence when applied.

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