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Most of the bags of mulch I have seen are 2 cubic feet. If there are 27 cubic feet in a yard, that would make 13.5 bags. I may not be figuring it correctly. Please let me know if I am wrong.
You are right the other guy is apparently misinformed.

I charge $55 per yard installed for dyed mulch, if they want it cleaned out that's extra, if they want it edged, that's extra, if they want preen, that's extra. We have spread 65 yards of mulch in one day at 7 different homes. We only do mulch on the weekends when I can get all of the former "landscapers from College" to come out and play in mulch with me. They have the experience to do the work, and you walk away with a beautiful manicured landscape.

Our company started focusing on lawn care, now we make more money spreading mulch in the spring then all year cutting grass.

One tip I have for you, get to know your suppliers, pick one and really get to know him/her. A little goes a long way with the guys loading your trucks, bring them a water when your loading up, they'll appreciate it and maybe give you a little extra mulch.
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I charge $120 per yard of mulch. Then add on the man hours I figure it to take to complete the job. Ex. 5 hours @ 3 men = $150 labor. For 3 yds of mulch total would be $510
WOW, you wouldn't get a single job in my area.
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I charge $120 per yard of mulch. Then add on the man hours I figure it to take to complete the job. Ex. 5 hours @ 3 men = $150 labor. For 3 yds of mulch total would be $510
Wait, 5 Hours to spread 3 yards of mulch. Are you carrying one handful at a time? You know you can use a wheelbarrow and save a lot of time? In 5 hours I can spread over 30 yards of mulch.

If you start using a wheelbarrow I expect some royalties on the savings...
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I don't do estimates for this type of work. Mulch price = time + materials. Hours x Men on the job x $40 + mulch cost x 1.4 = your price.
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1 yd of mulch covers a 10x10 area (100SF) 4 inches thick. At 55 bucks a yard delivered and spread. Cleanup (before mulch), Edgeing (with a shovel) etc extra. It takes me about 1 hour to do 2 yds. Mulch yards are a dime a dozen here, have 5 within 20 miles. I make a fortune doing mulch. Did about 50 yards in the last two weeks.
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Wait, 5 Hours to spread 3 yards of mulch. Are you carrying one handful at a time? You know you can use a wheelbarrow and save a lot of time? In 5 hours I can spread over 30 yards of mulch.

If you start using a wheelbarrow I expect some royalties on the savings...
that 5 hr est would include all the prep work to get the bed ready, redo the edges weed the beds etc.
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Wow $55 how much are you paying for it. I would have a hard time making any money at that price and most places around here selling mulch for $40 loaded into your truck. So delivered and spread for $15

I pay $29 a yard and about 30 mins. getting the mulch (10 mins. driving to get the mulch 10 mins. loading 10 mins. driving to job) and $4 fuel
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Wow $55 how much are you paying for it. I would have a hard time making any money at that price and most places around here selling mulch for $40 loaded into your truck. So delivered and spread for $15

I pay $29 a yard and about 30 mins. getting the mulch (10 mins. driving to get the mulch 10 mins. loading 10 mins. driving to job) and $4 fuel
Quiet you! I was going to hire these guys to do my work. :lol:
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20 bucks a yard for black dyed mulch, plus I charge a delivery fee. Today we had 5 jobs took 7 hours cleared 600 after fuel, labor, and materials. Send me your mulch jobs, we have spread over 60 yards of mulch in one day.
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I charge $120 per yard of mulch. Then add on the man hours I figure it to take to complete the job. Ex. 5 hours @ 3 men = $150 labor. For 3 yds of mulch total would be $510
This is a subject I have researched for quite some time, and some are lower some are higher. $105.oo an hour is about average, you will ALWAYS lose out work to lowballers, but my these customers are probably not worth having in the first place. Like said in this discussion they pay peanuts and get crap work what do you expect.

I have to admit I use to be one of these lowballers starting out in the late 90's when things were booming. I only did this because I had no idea what to charge and was always scared of getting work. I would never lowball again, I found out that these clients I would get would be the pickiest I have seen to today's date, call you back a million times to try to get there "money's worth" and sometimes on top of that not even pay. Around this same time, one of my clients house appeared in a magazine for the work we did, as at the time we did such a wonderful job and above and beyond out of fear of losing a client. When they appeared in the mag they didn't even mention our name, took credit for all the work and to make matters worse still didn't pay the balance of the bill at time of the publication.

The moral of the story is stick to your guns and charge a reasonable rate and you will get reasonable clients. I have charged Industry standard prices for the last ten years and I have had very few problems. You will always run into problem customers but when you charge accordingly it should be worth your while. Plus these low ball competitors you mention never stay in business long, and when a customer mentions that "they use to get it for this price form acme low ball LLC" I mention well there not in business anymore because they did not know the correct amount to charge there customers so they went under plus we heard from numerous customers that there quality was very poor. Usually this shuts them up and they sign up with us on the spot, it just boils down to everyone is going to haggle you or are looking for you to justify to them your rate.
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