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    okay so i got this lady..tiny yard..i almost didnt put a bid on it but im glad i did..this yard is TINY and im just getting started..so when i say i put a 12$ bid on it..no one freak out..anyways
    shes got mulch around the deck and the garage
    about 90 sq feet of mulch
    she wants me to take it out and put new mulch in
    i told her thats no problem i just gotta find out material costs and id get back to her the next time i service her lawn.

    i saw an add today
    theres natural mulch 4/9$ for 2 cu feet (12 sq ft at 2" thick)
    and colored mulch 2/5$ for 2 cu feet (yadayada)
    then also shredded cedar bark 2.69 for ""
    and cedar chips 2.96 """""""

    regretfully i forgot to ask if she wanted the fabric or edging.

    so edging costs 6.86 for 20 ft. i need 100
    and fabric comes in 3' by 150' for 7.86

    so here is the deal:


    Fabric (optional) 100 ft. = 10.00
    Edging (optional) 100 ft. = 40.00
    22 Bags of Mulch = 70.00
    ____________________________
    $130.00 for Materials
    +40.00 for labor
    ________________________________________
    160$ Total


    is my labor too low? should i charge more?
    its me and my partner doing the job
    ill be buying mulch in bags to save her money..
    buying it from a lot costs more since its not a lot
    any advice?
    Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
    "Where Service is Always in Season"
    Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.

  • #2
    Bill her for materials/transportation prior to work, then charge per estimated hour(s)... no?


    Chips = Ants like crazy! Stick with mulch

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    • #3
      thats what i was going to do but what should i charge in labor? what would you charge?

      and thanks for the heads up on cedar chips..i know some people like them because there supposed to last longer but i didnt know ants liked them.
      Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
      "Where Service is Always in Season"
      Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.

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      • #4
        based on my numbers that's off but I don't know how expensive bulk mulch is where you live. But, usually it's cheaper to buy it in bulk than to buy it in bags.

        Here 1 yard of mulch (100 sq ft) goes f0r $22 for natural and $28 for colored mulch.

        I think your mulch cost might be too high and your labor too low.

        I charge $65 per yard of mulch includes installation but no fabric install. We don't use fabric under mulch, only under rock. also delivery is extra.

        Edging is a separate charge. You can probably knock out 50-100 feet of edging in about 1 hour depending on how hard the soil is.. so if you want to figure in the middle and say 75 ft per hour. so apply that to your hourly rate.

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        • #5
          well i dont have a truck..only suv..and theyll charge me like..35 just to deliver the mulch..
          Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
          "Where Service is Always in Season"
          Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.

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          • #6
            Well sometimes I charge $17.00/hr (owner/foreman)
            $12.00/hr (crew)

            but you can try to aim for $40.00/hr (owner/foreman)


            Depends if I like the customer or not. :P

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            • #7
              Then I guess you need to use bags.

              But I think your labor is too low. figure the time it will take you to get the material, drive it to her place and install it. You're looking at about 4 labor hours. So you can apply your hourly rate to that and give her a labor estimate.

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              • #8
                its a small house and she seems like shed do it herself..she has before but i think shes just short on time and wants to find a way out of it..i expect the job..with 2 people to take about..3-4 hours..i can always take off if its shorter..would 300.00 per hour be a good price?
                Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
                "Where Service is Always in Season"
                Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.

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                • #9
                  its a small house and she seems like shed do it herself..she has before but i think shes just short on time and wants to find a way out of it..i expect the job..with 2 people to take about..3-4 hours..i can always take off if its shorter..would 300.00 per hour be a good price?
                  It's hard to say, but if you want to go with that...


                  Why not make it, "299.00"

                  That looks so much better on the eyes!

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                  • #10
                    agh im sorry..my finger must have twitched.hahaha
                    i meant to say 30.00$
                    you think that would be too pricey?
                    i am only 16
                    ill be raking out the old with standard hand tools..throwing it in some garbage cans..laying out new mulch and spreading it..and if she wants maybe fabric and edging..i hope she does edging so that way i just have to dump and spread and that way i dont have to worry about over hang..its just dump spread leave..
                    Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
                    "Where Service is Always in Season"
                    Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.

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                    • #11
                      agh im sorry..my finger must have twitched.hahaha
                      i meant to say 30.00$
                      you think that would be too pricey?
                      i am only 16
                      ill be raking out the old with standard hand tools..throwing it in some garbage cans..laying out new mulch and spreading it..and if she wants maybe fabric and edging..i hope she does edging so that way i just have to dump and spread and that way i dont have to worry about over hang..its just dump spread leave..

                      I'd say don't even bother with telling her additional work that could be done for this job... the longer you are at a job, the more stressful it becomes.

                      $30.00 is fantastic!

                      I'd say, go grab a tarp for $5.00/$15.00 load up all the old mulch onto it, tie it up & throw it out.

                      Charge her for the tarp. It's cheaper than garbage bags depending on the job size.

                      Then all you gotta do is lay down some mulch, easy money! In and out!!!

                      Just the way it should be!

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                      • #12
                        well i dont need to worry about bags..i have 4 rubbermaid cans that i use for home and sometimes for lawns..

                        i can just put it in to there..no hassling with tarps..and to get rid of mulch theres a 50 acre lot right next to me...all brush and woods..i dump my lawn clippings in it and my old food..its a compost pile..works great..ill probly just throw that in next to it..
                        plus about 12 acres is cut out for construction and the piles of shredded trees is there..matches perfectly..ahah
                        Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
                        "Where Service is Always in Season"
                        Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.

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                        • #13
                          well i dont need to worry about bags..i have 4 rubbermaid cans that i use for home and sometimes for lawns..

                          i can just put it in to there..no hassling with tarps..and to get rid of mulch theres a 50 acre lot right next to me...all brush and woods..i dump my lawn clippings in it and my old food..its a compost pile..works great..ill probly just throw that in next to it..
                          plus about 12 acres is cut out for construction and the piles of shredded trees is there..matches perfectly..ahah
                          You are lucky

                          lmao... I wish my area had a special little dump spot right next to home!

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                          • #14
                            hahahaha yeah..its pretty convinient..fall leaves..blow em right over the little fence
                            Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
                            "Where Service is Always in Season"
                            Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.

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                            • #15
                              Hey JK
                              Just wanted to add my 2 cents here. I used to work for a pest control company and we really hated to see people put mulch against a house foundation. It draws ants and especially termites like you wouldn't believe. Now in your case, it's next to a shed, but still keep it in mind. If you're gonna do mulching around a house, use the rubber mulch. The sales pitch is it won't attract any bugs or termites and it will last for 5 years without fading (for the colored). If they don't want mulch, recommend they use a decorative rock, like river rock because it retains heat which will cook the normal bug. For your pricing, I charge $25/hour for all my small/light work (mulching, trimming shrubs, etc). If I'm installing rock or trenching, then it's $35/hour. Don't forget to add a fee for hauling off the old mulch. That's probably why she's looking to hire someone, as she doesn't want to deal with the hassle of disposing of it. I always forget to add this fee in and I regret it every time. Also, I charge a 5% markup on all my materials. Markup is great because your labor goes into your pocket and the markup goes back into your business.
                              Kendrick
                              Cedar Lawn Care Services, LLC
                              Kirksville, MO

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