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Joel B.
04-15-2006, 02:04 PM
I already posted a question about removing lava rock and got some prices of around $400-$500. The customer wants hardwood mulch placed where the rock was. The total area is approx. 330 square feet and various mulch calculators come up with around 3.1 yards. Should I get 3.5 yards to be safe? There are about 6-8 small shrubs planted in the area.

I am bringing the rocks up to the cabin so I don't have any disposal fees and I'm using my pick-up to haul the new mulch. The area is right next to the driveway and the maximum distance to wheelbarrow the mulch is about 30'. A yard of mulch is $22.

How long does it take one person to move a yard of mulch? I know there are many factors that determine this but any advice would be appreciated.

How much do you raise the price of the mulch, 20%, 40%, more...less?

I have seen mulch prices of $40-$85/yard but if it takes me an hour to move the mulch ($50/hour) and mulch is $22/yard and I charge $75/yard I make nothing on the mulch. But if I charge $80/yard (about $30 for mulch and $50 for labor) I seem to be on the high side.

So would you remove 330 sq ft of lava rock and replace it with mulch for $800? Customer doesn't want landscape fabric or edging.

Thank you, I appreciate any advice,

Joel B.

M RASCOE&SONS
04-15-2006, 02:10 PM
sounds like a good price but i would have to see the jobsite ..

Joel B.
04-16-2006, 11:35 AM
Oops, one more question:

How much mulch will a 2500HD short box with 6" side boards hold?

Thanks for any help,

Joel

start2finish
04-16-2006, 09:17 PM
3 yards would be a generous estimate.
length x width x height / 27 = cubic yards

Joel B.
04-17-2006, 01:24 AM
3 yards would be a generous estimate.
length x width x height / 27 = cubic yards

Meaning................you think 3 yards is too much. O.K. let's do the math - 330 (length x width) x .25 (3" in feet [height]) = 82.5 / 27 = 3.05 yards. I don't know, 3 yards sounds just about right....how much would you use? I've also tried 3 different mulch calculators and they all come up with 3 - 3.1 yards.

start2finish
04-17-2006, 07:23 AM
Oops, one more question:

How much mulch will a 2500HD short box with 6" side boards hold?

Thanks for any help,

Joel

I was answering your recent question.

Joel B.
04-17-2006, 08:22 AM
I was answering your recent question.

Oops, my bad.......sorry.