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EARLY BIRD MOWING/LANDSCAPING
01-11-2008, 12:55 AM
just wanted to know if i charge to much or to little , I buy my mulch (dark hardwood) for $22. a yard and sell it for $50 a yard for (mulch and labor) again this price is for me to install it , is this a fair price or not? what do you charge?

pmblair
01-11-2008, 02:13 AM
How long does it take you to spread a yard of mulch? What types of mulch do you buy for $22/yard?

EARLY BIRD MOWING/LANDSCAPING
01-11-2008, 02:26 AM
most of the time one yard takes about 15-20 min for just laying it, I use all kinds of mulch , the price of $50 a yard is for dark hard wood if they want the red or black it is about $10 more a yard.

pmblair
01-11-2008, 11:13 AM
Well, here's what I would do...

Charge the customer $60/hour for laying the mulch. Then charge them YOUR cost on the mulch + 10-15%.

Just my .02 worth... maybe Tim could tell you something different.

jeffslawnservice
01-11-2008, 01:59 PM
Hey that doesn't sound bad to me cause thats what I charge. Dark hardwood $23 and $27 bucks to lay it.

realhuntin
01-11-2008, 02:20 PM
Hi

Here is what I do when mulching.

We will install mulch applications for $45.00 per yard materials included. Exception for Colored Mulches @ $55.00 and Exception for Single Cypress @ $55.00


This is the going rate for my area you will find lowballers doing it by the job they go look and say I can do it for $150 bucks and it takes 4 or 5 good buckets or 2 truck loads and 5 hours each for 2 guys. Have they made money? maybe some but
not really.

My way I use a mulch calculator;

500 sq ft of bed @ 2" thick = 3.1 cubic yds or 5 midsize truck loads (s-10). (for me itwould only be 1 truck load)

3.1 x $45 = $139.50


Option #2
Another way to figure would be to take total cost of materials needed x 2 = ?

I like my way better it looks more professional and customers like how it looks on paper.


Good Luck
Tim

pmblair
01-11-2008, 03:01 PM
Thanks for the input, Tim. What would you do about river pebble? Do you have a standard charge for that, too? ....per cubic yard, that is?

realhuntin
01-11-2008, 08:30 PM
Yes but I buy the river rock from Pavestone Directly by the skid in bags. so the price is better. I try real hard to detour folks from using it inplace of standard mulch.
so I only sell it by the bag and don't offer installation of it.

I do use it in some landscape but only as a prop. Like a rock stream throught the middle of the beds or something like that.

Rock has its place and being used in place of mulch isn't one of them.

Hope I answered your question?

Tim

EARLY BIRD MOWING/LANDSCAPING
01-11-2008, 10:15 PM
Thanks guys you both had some good points, http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/thankyou.gif

landonkade
01-12-2008, 05:57 PM
Quote[/b] (realhuntin @ Jan. 11 2008,3:20)]Hi

Here is what I do when mulching.

We will install mulch applications for $45.00 per yard materials included. Exception for Colored Mulches @ $55.00 and Exception for Single Cypress @ $55.00


This is the going rate for my area you will find lowballers doing it by the job they go look and say I can do it for $150 bucks and it takes 4 or 5 good buckets or 2 truck loads and 5 hours each for 2 guys. Have they made money? maybe some but
not really.

My way I use a mulch calculator;

500 sq ft of bed @ 2" thick = 3.1 cubic yds or 5 midsize truck loads (s-10). *(for me itwould only be 1 truck load)

3.1 x $45 = $139.50


Option #2
Another way to figure would be to take total cost of materials needed x 2 = ?

I like my way better it looks more professional and customers like how it looks on paper.


Good Luck
Tim
tim

i am either pinestrawing or mulching a flower bed that is probaly 200 or a little more sq ft and i want to do it thick and in height(2in) for a lady i recently started doing her lawn(the one from my super bowl ad)

when i was doing her yard, i had noticed flower beds are bare, so i ask her about it, as a upsell,lol and got it

i think that would be about 12 bags or so. The price i was thinking was around $50-$60

what is the going rate for laying pinestraw or mulch

when i lay pinestraw ($3.29 a bale)<** store price, i charge $6-7 a bale to lay it

open you messager!!!!!

realhuntin
01-12-2008, 06:30 PM
Hey Matt

Your pinestraw price is probly fine. for basic hardwood mulch you will need :

For 200 sq ft bed @ 2" deep
12- 3 cu.ft bags or
17-2 cu ft. bags or
1.3 cu yds bulk or
1 midsize truck load/ med bobcat bucket

good luck