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    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?

  • #2
    How long does it take you to spread a yard of mulch? What types of mulch do you buy for $22/yard?

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    • #3
      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.

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      • #4
        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.

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        • #5
          Hey that doesn't sound bad to me cause thats what I charge. Dark hardwood $23 and $27 bucks to lay it.
          Chesapeake, VA

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          • #6
            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

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            • #7
              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?

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              • #8
                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

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                • #9
                  Thanks guys you both had some good points,

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                  • #10
                    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 (&#036;3.29 a bale)<**** store price, i charge &#036;6-7 a bale to lay it

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                    • #11
                      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

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