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green thum
06-03-2005, 06:55 PM
Just curious,how much are you guys getting to spread a yard of mulch,i quoted a job today for 10 yds for $397,$ 10 a yard(my cost)2 $8.00 an hour guys@5 hrs.Am i far off?

A+ Lawncare
06-03-2005, 07:12 PM
the only thing your far off is the estimated hr time... unless these 2 $8 hr knuckle heads work by theirselves w/o u... but i doubt it since their @ $8, thats no foreman rate, thats a regular joe blow hr rate...

anyhow w/3 guys (counting yourself), w/5hrs you estimated 15 man hrs... unless the 5hrs u estimate are actual solo man hrs.

1 person workin solo can spread about 2.5 yrds of mulch an hr. so 3 guys X 2.5 yards= 7.5 yards of mulch an hr. total job time = 1.35 hrs (3 man crew) or 4 man hrs.

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if i was to bid here's how i would do it
$18 yard of mulch X 10 yards= $180 + $20 delievery charge= $200 15% markup= $230 total material charge

i charge about $35 per man hr for maintance, so if its a crew of 3, it would be $105 per hr. 1.5 hrs X $105= $157.5 labor expense...

$230 + $157.5= $387.5

round up to $390 (cushion, lee-way) total estimate bill..... $390/10 yards of mulch= $39 per yard of mulch..... i usually charge $55 for single yard of mulch, but when its 5 yards up to 10 yrds i charge $45.... past 10 yards it varies from $45-35..... never anything below $35, $35 is for bids on 35 yrds of mulch or more :blob3:

Scraper
06-03-2005, 08:51 PM
Way off! 10 yards around here would be about $850+ depending on circumstances.

green thum
06-03-2005, 08:58 PM
WOW!!!!Thanks scraper,like i said i am new to this biz and have only done a few mulch jobs,maybe that will bite and hire me, thanks.

YardPro
06-03-2005, 09:19 PM
2.5 yards/hr????

i have het to see that. with spreading AND CLEANUP, we average about 1.25-1.5/hr while hand loading into wheelbarrows. much more when loading with dingo into weelbarrows....


we get about $50.00/yard

A+ Lawncare
06-03-2005, 09:24 PM
2.5 yards an hr spread, is when u have the rite equipment to stay in business.... a bobcat/skid ster....

your rite on average when workin solo u can spread about 1.25-1.75 yrds of mulch in an hr by wheel barrow

lwcmattlifter
06-03-2005, 09:40 PM
You're really low with your price. I charge $70 per yard plus a delivery fee depending on how far I have to haul.

Scraper
06-03-2005, 09:40 PM
2.5 yards an hr spread, is when u have the rite equipment to stay in business.... a bobcat/skid ster....



Never seen a bobcat save time unless you are mulching wide open beds and even then you risk messing up turf. Try a mulch blower at 10 yards per hour plus (depending on conditions)....now we're talking! Thus why I sub out all jobs 5 ayds or larger to a blower. I do tehe prep work (edging) and they do the mulch. Win, win for all!

P.S. 5 yards and under is $90/yard.

lwcmattlifter
06-03-2005, 09:47 PM
2.5 yards an hr spread, is when u have the rite equipment to stay in business.... a bobcat/skid ster....

Who takes a skid loader to the job site to spread mulch? You have to be out of your mind to do that for 10 yard of mulch. Maybe, if you have 50 to spread on a commercial site and you can drive across a parking lot. My clients would freak if they saw me take a loader across the turf to dump mulch. Do you know what these things do to turf?

gogetter
06-03-2005, 09:54 PM
1 person workin solo can spread about 2.5 yrds of mulch an hr.

Guess again. Or better yet, try getting out there and actually performing some of this work rather then sitting there crunching numbers on paper all day.


But anyway, depending on what kind of mulch, if I have to pick it up or if it can be delivered, distance from pile to beds, layout of lawn (hills, flat, steps, retaining walls, etc.), layout of beds (open, crowded) amount of clean up to be done first..............etc, etc....
I'd be anywhere from $60 to about $90 per yard.

But I can't get mulch for $10 a yard as the original poster stated. More like $20-30 a yard depending on type and quantity.

And of course then there's I.C.B.I.N mulch which falls into a whole other price range since it costs $50 a yard! But I haven't actually spread any of that yet.

mosmgras
06-03-2005, 11:43 PM
I charge $60/yd. delivered and installed. As with all things, price depends on site conditions, type of mulch, amount to be delivered, customer's attitude... ok scratch that last one. Hope this helps.

Scraper
06-04-2005, 10:34 PM
And of course then there's I.C.B.I.N mulch which falls into a whole other price range since it costs $50 a yard! But I haven't actually spread any of that yet.

Forgive my ignorance, but what the heck is I.C.B.I.N mulch Jon? LOL You talking Cocoa bean shells? If so, where are you able to buy en masse? All I can find around here is bagged product.

gogetter
06-04-2005, 11:24 PM
Forgive my ignorance, but what the heck is I.C.B.I.N mulch Jon? LOL You talking Cocoa bean shells? If so, where are you able to buy en masse? All I can find around here is bagged product.

Hey Glenn, it's actually called I.C.B.I.N. Licorice Root mulch, and it an acronym for I Can't Believe It's Not licorice root.
I don't know much about it, other then it's very expensive. It's supposed to stay darker and last longer then other mulches. That's their selling point anyway.
I can't remember what it's made from.

There's now two places near me that sell it in bulk (used to just be one that I knew of, but saw an ad for bulk at another place this year).

I've never used it, but did have a customer inquire about it like 3 years ago. I had never heard of it until then and did some research. When he heard the price, he changed his mind.

I'm not positive, but I think the company is here in the East Coast somewhere. They used to run commercials on the radio even (according to a friend, I don't recall hearing them myself).

gogetter
06-04-2005, 11:40 PM
Probably moe info then you wanted Glenn, but here's a kind of interesting article I found:

http://ad.doubleclick.net/adi/N3285.knightridder/B1525932;sz=720x300;ord=874121?

green thum
06-05-2005, 01:22 AM
Thanks for the help everyone,I think i am low balling.

PLM-1
06-05-2005, 01:31 AM
My mulch costs me $24/yd. I charge $65/yr plus delivery.