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K c m
04-14-2005, 10:07 PM
Hello guys Quick price check. I am 3 years into the business and last yr i decided to venture into the landscape aspect of the job. Needless to say i lost much money on the job, Fortunatly a buddies dad got me out of trouble by selling mulch cheap to me. whoosh. Well i get the call from these people and i bring my calculater, measuring wheel and so fourth. after everything is added in it comes to about 8-10 cubic yards. I decided to charge 600. Am i to high? i figure the cost of labor is the same as materials.

thanks rob.

04-15-2005, 03:22 AM
I charge 17.00 C.Y for mulch. But I have the trailer and machine to get the job done quickly. New Holland LS. 170 and 25' trailer.

The mulch only cost's me about $85 per 6 C.Y. But I can pick it up in about 1 hr and deliver it and spread it in 1 hr. Total labor 3 hrs and no subs. Total profit around $135.00

Not bad for a 3 to 4 hr day.

My next big buy is a dump truck.

Envy Lawn Service
04-15-2005, 03:36 AM
You should be well in line at $600 for your area if it's not dyed mulch.

What I charge a yard for mulch varies according to the site and how much handling is involved. My average is about $50 per yard....

This guy charging $17 is NUTZ!!!

04-16-2005, 06:56 PM
we charge 50 per cu yard to install. That is no bed clean up. 5 yard min. so you are looking pretty good.

04-16-2005, 09:17 PM
How do you tell if it's dyed or not and where would you find the stuff at wholesale. I think the stuff I saw was dyed at $26/yd.

Lnd Svyr
04-17-2005, 09:01 AM
No offense, but how do you buy a dump truck with that kind of profit?

LawnScapers of Dayton
04-17-2005, 09:55 AM
How does a 5 yard minimum work? Mrs. only needs 3 yards but you install to a 6"-7" depth because of the minimum........



Groundcover Solutions
04-17-2005, 10:37 AM
We have a 10 yard minimum... This means that if you say only need 5 yards of mulch we will install 5 yards but you will be charged for 10. It is just not profitable to do anything under 10 yards with our equipment. We make sure that they understand the pricing but I have never realy had to do this. Most people with under 10 yards don't need there mulch blown in. Our residential prices are around $45 per yard commercial is much lower. We alos confirm that they do not have any landscaping or lawn care companies taking care of there properties so we are not stepping on any toes of our clients.

04-17-2005, 08:34 PM
We install mulch for $60 a yard but that includes edging them with the bed-edger. We get mulch for $18 a yard and one guy can spread 2 yards an hour so we are very profitable on mulch. We're doing 3 mulch jobs alone this week all between 18-26 yards.

hole in one lco
04-17-2005, 10:05 PM
$60 a yard installed edging and weeding is extra.
My price $15 yard. If i buy in 60 yard increments.
If i buy it buy the yard its $25 a yard.

04-18-2005, 09:53 PM
When you guys say for example that you charge $60.00 per yard to install mulch, does this include the price of the mulch also. Thanks.

Mo Green
04-18-2005, 10:03 PM
Yes. Whatever you pay for the mulch, add on money for the labor. I get my double shredded hardwood for $16 cu.yd. and charge $45 per cu.yd. labor. This does not include bed edging or weeding. That is extra.

I don't see how some of you make money charging so little.