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soloscaper
04-01-2006, 02:59 PM
Can anyone tell me what a good $ per yard just to install mulch would be?

weathervane
04-01-2006, 04:06 PM
60.00 a yard

GLADULANDSCPING
04-01-2006, 04:06 PM
add 20 bucks to the list price of the mulch. so if u buy it for 15, charge $35/yard, and that should cover you

olderthandirt
04-01-2006, 04:09 PM
$50-$60 to just install it. You lost your profit margin buy not buying it whls. So you have to make it up by moving and spreading it

wojo23323
04-01-2006, 05:55 PM
add 20 bucks to the list price of the mulch. so if u buy it for 15, charge $35/yard, and that should cover you

So that $20 covers your gas and time to go get the mulch, deliver it, and spread it?

soloscaper
04-01-2006, 06:00 PM
Mulch is already at job site, How much to spread it?

Xterminator
04-01-2006, 06:03 PM
35.00 per Man Hour

MysticLandscape
04-01-2006, 06:03 PM
I double the total of all the mulch, then i add $20 for delivery.

qualitylawnmanagement
04-01-2006, 06:17 PM
Mulch here I can get for $23.00 a yard, then I charge $50.00 a yard, then on top of that is my $60.00hr for labor.

soloscaper
04-01-2006, 06:17 PM
What do you think? I'm charging a friend $200 to spread 12 yrds. The mulch was delivered by someone else.

olderthandirt
04-01-2006, 07:15 PM
What do you think? I'm charging a friend $200 to spread 12 yrds. The mulch was delivered by someone else.

Why would a friend buy mulch from someone else?:confused:

Xterminator
04-01-2006, 07:23 PM
If its a friend help him for free

J&R Landscaping
04-01-2006, 09:16 PM
Is your friend going to be helping you or are you doing it yourself? If he's helping, I'd chasrge him like 75-100. If you are doing it yourself, 200 sounds about right!

GLADULANDSCPING
04-01-2006, 09:26 PM
is enough profit for me to make, when the farm is in town, and im the only one spreading it. Maybe im a lil low, but people are cheap these days, and my kids need to eat!

soloscaper
04-01-2006, 10:10 PM
I'm doing it solo. I've put about 3 hrs in and I think about 2 or three more and i should be done.

soloscaper
04-01-2006, 10:11 PM
12 yrds solo for free!

Grn Mtn
04-01-2006, 10:55 PM
Don't work for family or friends, it always goes bad somehow.

Here are some figures for charging by the hour and line item and just charging by the yard one flat fee.

You pay $19 per yard x 12 yards = $228
Retail is $22 per Yard x 12 yards = $264
40% Mark-up of retail is $30 x 12 yards = $360
$360 - $228 = $132 profit just in the mulch.

Now for labor. As above, the numbers are relative, adjust for your own.

1 guy @ 1.5 yards per hour / 12 yards = 8 Hours x $17 per hour = $136
2 guys @ 3.4 yards per hour / 12 yards = 3.5 hours x $34 per hour = $119
3 guys @ 5.7 yards per hour / 12 yards = 2.1 hours x $51 per hour = $107

Factor in your hourly profit (expenses) margin, say $50

$50 x 8 = $400 + $136 = $536 + $360 = $896 + $45 Delivery = $941
$50 x 3.5 = $175 + $119 = $294 + $360 = $654 + $45 delivery = $699
$50 x 2.1 = $105 + $107 = $212 + $360 = $572 + $45 delivery = $617

1 guy profit of $532, whole day wasted not likely to get bid.
2 guys profit of $307, 1/2 day spent, bid somewhat likely.
3 guys profit of $237, 1/4 day spent, bid likely with time for another job.

Now charging by the yard

$50 x 12 = $600 - (mulch) $228 = $372 - $581 (1 guy + del) = $-209 Losing money but got the bid
$50 x 12 = $600 - (mulch) $228 = $372 - $339 (2 guys + del) = $33 Not worth it but got the bid
$50 x 12 = $600 - (mulch) $228 = $372 - $257 (3 guys + del) = $115 Still not worth it but got the bid
$65 x 12 = $780 - (mulch) $228 = $552 - $581 (1 guy + del) = $-29 Losing money again, probably got bid
$65 x 12 = $780 - (mulch) $228 = $552 - $339 (2 guys + del) = $213 Okay profit, probably got bid
$65 x 12 = $780 - (mulch) $228 = $552 - $257 (3 guys + del) = $295 Better profit, probably got bid.
$75 x 12 = $900 - (mulch) $228 = $672 - $581 (1 guy + del) = $91 Not worth it, bid maybe too high
$75 x 12 = $900 - (mulch) $228 = $672 - $339 (2 guys + del) = $333 Profit is good, but bid maybe too high
$75 x 12 = $900 - (mulch) $228 = $672 - $257 (3 guys + del) = $415 Great profit, but bid maybe too high.


Of all scenarios showed above I choose the Bid of $780, using 3 guys, spending 2.1 hours, and making $295 profit. The pricing is easy for a customer to understand, and if you have a good crew that works faster, you MAKE MORE MONEY!

Carolina Cuts
04-01-2006, 11:14 PM
GrtMtn - G'lord man... I think you need a hobby. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

good information though....

Grn Mtn
04-02-2006, 09:48 AM
lol, rainy day and I was pissed because I was supposed to be putting in a 20 x 20 patio and wall.

A1A Lawn Care
04-02-2006, 10:01 AM
you have to see that this is only one person doing the work. He might want to think about a better way to bid for this. I do one man jobs and I charge 7.50 per bag but min of $100. Bulk is a little different.

soloscaper
04-02-2006, 04:28 PM
Great info guys, realy appreciate your time and knowledge. I finished the job today. Total hours put in was 13 by myself. Job included 3 hrs of trimming about an hour doing some edging and clean up and 9 spreading the mulch. I charged $300 for a freind. I figure thats less than half if he called another LCO to do it. I think thats fair. Thanks again!!

soloscaper
04-02-2006, 09:27 PM
This is great info!! Realy apreciate it.

Grn Mtn
04-03-2006, 10:01 AM
HEY look at that, took 'em 9 hours and I estimated 8 - cool. Thanks for letting us know. It is interesting you mentioned edging, so many people assume weeding and edging are part of putting mulch down.