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wormburner
05-15-2005, 08:52 AM
Just wanting to get some opinions on putting down around 45yds of mulch.I estimated around $25 a yard for delivery and spread total came to be around $1100 and the customer jumped on it within a day I thought maybe I went to low on how fast they jumped on it.

nocutting
05-15-2005, 09:17 AM
Howdy, we charge $40 per yard delivered an another $1000-1600 for the install, guess you could be alittle low? [ we install on sat, w/ a 3-man crew] if thats any help? payup

SodKing
05-15-2005, 09:20 AM
I think you are about $3000 or so too low...

lqmustang
05-15-2005, 10:06 AM
I would have charged about $2475. You'll find that working for free sucks.

jim dailey
05-15-2005, 10:15 AM
Just wanting to get some opinions on putting down around 45yds of mulch.I estimated around $25 a yard for delivery and spread total came to be around $1100 and the customer jumped on it within a day I thought maybe I went to low on how fast they jumped on it.

Up here, it would be 45 yards X $ 65.00/yard delivered, edged and installed. That comes to a total of $2925.00. I would have ball-parked the total at $ 3000.00, and bought everyone lunch. But, that would be in this region. Pine Bark would have cost $28/yard retail...with Premium at $ 38/yard retail. The 45 yards at wholesale would have run $23 - $33 for the aboves. That would figure at $1035 & $1485 respectively, giving you either roughly $ 2000.00 or $ 1500.00 to cover labor and profit. Then, of course, if you had the mulch blown-in, you could just sit back and watch the wholejob getting done by someone else.

snap12.5
05-15-2005, 08:01 PM
what are u paying for the mulch per yard from the supplier???

$45-$50/yd is what the rate is my area which is a little north of u. that total would come to $2025 - $2250 without any edging or cleanup.

u bid $1100 - im not sure what u should do because if u have a crew to spread it, u will probably lose money unless ur buying the mulch really really cheap.

srk1378
05-15-2005, 08:58 PM
I am also in central/northern ohio and I would be around $2400.00 so I think you are not too far off. I have found that the 45-50.00 per yard installed is all our area will allow. It would be nice to get to the 60-65.00 per yard range but the market around here just won't allow it. Good luck on your job!

qps
05-15-2005, 09:03 PM
Just wanting to get some opinions on putting down around 45yds of mulch.I estimated around $25 a yard for delivery and spread total came to be around $1100 and the customer jumped on it within a day I thought maybe I went to low on how fast they jumped on it.

You just hosed yourself, that would barely cover material cost.... :)

dlandscaping
05-15-2005, 09:28 PM
45yards * 60 (cost was 23) = 2700, not including the edging or the cleanup. Took about 40 man hours, basically 2 guys 2 days. Problem was it had to be wheeled around a park with only one entrance, and the path couldnt hold a bobcat.

landstroker51
05-16-2005, 07:35 AM
45 yards of mulch would be $1620.00 plus sales tax.
No labor to spread it or delivery charge in that price.

paxdog
05-17-2005, 06:54 PM
$2925 would be my price.

sheshovel
05-17-2005, 08:13 PM
That would have been $1887.00 for mulch alone and one delivery without my mark-up then labor would have quoted at $40.00 a yd,$1800.00 for a total of
$3687.00 that I would have rounded up to$3800.00 to make a little on the mulch itself.Guess you should have asked here 1st before you bid huh??

A+ Lawncare
05-17-2005, 08:48 PM
well i'de say i'de be around $500 on materials w/o markups.... w/15% markup i'de say $575 for materials, with delievery.... i use my former boss/ next door neighbor's f-450 and it would take about 3trips for delievery.... if i was within 15miles of mulch CO. w/3trips i'de bid my delievery for about $80 (1.5 hrs of drive time) so for total materials & delievery of 45yrds of mulch alone w/o install it would be $655, maybe more dependin on my time & wear.....

i would then have to bill the 45yrds of mulch X $35= $1575 ... $1575 + $655= $2,230

3 man hrs X 6.5 HRS= 20 sole man hrs on the job... 20hrs/ 8hrs= 2.5 days

$2,300/45yrds of mulch = $51 a yrd.... i charge usually $55-60 a yrd, but this is a big job, so i'de give a lil discount

grassmanvt
05-17-2005, 10:24 PM
well i'de say i'de be around $500 on materials w/o markups.... w/15% markup i'de say $575 for materials, with delievery.... i use my former boss/ next door neighbor's f-450 and it would take about 3trips for delievery.... if i was within 15miles of mulch CO. w/3trips i'de bid my delievery for about $80 (1.5 hrs of drive time) so for total materials & delievery of 45yrds of mulch alone w/o install it would be $655, maybe more dependin on my time & wear.....

i would then have to bill the 45yrds of mulch X $35= $1575 ... $1575 + $655= $2,230

3 man hrs X 6.5 HRS= 20 sole man hrs on the job... 20hrs/ 8hrs= 2.5 days

$2,300/45yrds of mulch = $51 a yrd.... i charge usually $55-60 a yrd, but this is a big job, so i'de give a lil discount


A+, your total seems ok but, I have to ask, what kind of mulch are you getting for $11 a yard?

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC
05-17-2005, 10:35 PM
I get my mulch for $30/yard in 10 yard dumps. So the 45 yards would be $1350+ delivery from the stock yard company at $60 per load on 10 yard dumps, $30 per load on 5 yard dumps. So the delivery charge is $270 for a total of $1620 just for the mulch. My labor rate for mulch is $30 per yard, for a total of $1350.

Total cost 1620+1350=2970.....I would round up to $3000 even most likely, maybe $3100. This would take me solo 2 full days, I can probably do 20 yards per days, 25 maybe the first day if I am busting my ass from sun up to sun down. I would most likely hire 1-2 of my buddies for the help. I have never even come close to doing a job this big, biggest job I have ever had was 10 yards, most of my mulch installs are in the 4-10 yard range with a good majority of them just being remulching of areas at 1-3 yards. I doubt doing this solo is even something I could attempt. I did my last 10 yard mulch install 2 weeks ago, took me 5 hours, that was with a lot of hassle with long distances to carry mulch in the wheel barrow.

Cimarron Landscape
05-18-2005, 05:25 PM
Originally I was mistaken with this reply....misunderstood first post...
Now after looking at it again, yes it looks low. Extimating $30 per yard, it's only $2450, rounding up $2500. yeah, working for free doesn't sound like fun....done it WAY too much. :rolleyes:
~Brian

Cimarron Landscape
05-18-2005, 05:27 PM
. This would take me solo 2 full days, I can probably do 20 yards per days, 25 maybe the first day if I am busting my ass from sun up to sun down.
What kind of equipment are you using???
Max I could get in would be 12 yards a day, assuming by wheelbarrow, doing it solo.
~Brian

Appalachian landscape
05-18-2005, 06:03 PM
most of you guys are reading wrong.

I think he means $25 for each yard. $25x 45= $1125
and $1100 for labor $1125+ $1100= $2225 for the job.

I think that's what he meant $2,225 for the whole job, at least I hope that's what he meant.

sheshovel
05-19-2005, 12:32 AM
See I'm paying $38.00 a yd for bark .

jim dailey
05-19-2005, 06:34 AM
45 yards of mulch would be $1620.00 plus sales tax.
No labor to spread it or delivery charge in that price.

SO, that would figure out to be $36.00 per yard completed. At that price, what would you have paid for the mulch, and what are you figuring for your labor charges. That is the price that I am paying JUST for the mulch alone, not even figuring-in the labor, yet.

BCSteel
05-19-2005, 09:34 AM
.... i use my former boss/ next door neighbor's f-450 and it would take about 3trips for delievery....

Three trips in a 450 for 45 yards? Try again. Maybe in a big trailer, or dump truck.

A+ Lawncare
05-19-2005, 05:36 PM
Three trips in a 450 for 45 yards? Try again. Maybe in a big trailer, or dump truck.

:waving: i tow w/an 16' dump trailer.... and the back bed is also an dump.....