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Honerlaw-LawnCare
05-03-2006, 11:01 AM
- 30 bags of mulch @ 4.69 a bag
- weed preventer & roundup
- plastic, 3 rolls @ 17.00 a roll(pita)

Total: $260.00
10 hrs of labor(one man)

How much to charge?

garth1967
05-03-2006, 11:06 AM
- 30 bags of mulch @ 4.69 a bag
- weed preventer & roundup
- plastic, 3 rolls @ 17.00 a roll(pita)

Total: $260.00
10 hrs of labor(one man)

How much to charge?

put %30 on the material and whatever you charge per hour for labour

cwlawley
05-03-2006, 05:49 PM
What exactly is taking ten hours?

PGA
05-03-2006, 05:57 PM
- 30 bags of mulch @ 4.69 a bag
- weed preventer & roundup
- plastic, 3 rolls @ 17.00 a roll(pita)

Total: $260.00
10 hrs of labor(one man)

How much to charge?





Thats about 2 yards of mulch. I would charge about $160.00 + tax for that.

Labor for the rest of it + spraying would be $90.00 + the cost of the weed barrier.

10 hours? Should take you about 1.5 to 2 hours MAX with one person.

sheshovel
05-03-2006, 06:41 PM
I know this is not answering you question..but I am gonna say it anyway..Never use plastic in landscape applications.
#1-It deteriorates quickly and turns into a mess
#2-It does not allow water or anything else to reach the soil above
#3- It deteriorates and makes a big mess.

mcwlandscaping
05-03-2006, 06:55 PM
And later on if your trying to clean out the bed, you can get a rake stuck on that and you can pull half of it out...ROYA PITA, all of that weed blocker fabric junk is

PGA
05-03-2006, 07:01 PM
These guys are right, the fabric is junk. Better to try and sell them bed maintenance 3 or 4 times a year.

Honerlaw-LawnCare
05-03-2006, 09:25 PM
oh i know the plastic is junk, this question is actually for a friend..i told him what to charge and he said he wanted some more oppinions so i came here to see what you guys said. I told him before he even started the job to avoid plastic but the customer insisted that it was the right thing to do...and about the ten hours its taking him to do, i really have no clue its not my job. Thanks

mcwlandscaping
05-03-2006, 09:27 PM
Don't let the customer say what the right things to do are. Be the professional and advise otherwise, the people on LS i believe are happy to provide reasons why the stuff sucks, and if you dont' already know, then you should read up and present those reason to the customer,

cessnasovereign
05-04-2006, 12:44 AM
Dude find a landscape supply company for the mulch.. Buying bags is $hit. I pay $21.00 per yard which covers about 180 Sq ft.

topsites
05-04-2006, 01:03 AM
Yeah, and go get 2 cubes of the highest quality mulch at a supplier that sells it by the yard. If you think the plastic crap is a PITA, wait until you've dealt with bagged mulch vs. by the yard and you will see that by the yard is much easier as well.

I don't even do bags, but if they insist I think I'd charge 5 bucks a bag or some such stuff, it is such a pain:
- Carry each bag to wherever, then cut it open and dump it, then spread it and oh yeah don't forget you have 30 of them and you need to take care of each of the empty bags as well. 150.00

Not to mention, at 3 dollars / bag it comes to maybe 60 dollars plus load and unload all that crap, I can get designer mulch for around 22 / yard and that stuff is at least as good and it smells better, too... Delivered and spread thusly: 125.00 (ok you need a trailer)
Cheaper for the customer, easier on you.

Far as the plastic stuff, it does NOT STOP WEEDS !!!
I don't know why they even still sell this idiotic POS... nevermind, I just hate that stuff.

MowForLess
05-11-2006, 03:05 PM
Topsite, They still sell it because a fool and his money will soon part. And as long as the $8/hr orange apron will convince his customer that it is a good idea. I agree with Cessnasovereign, be the professional not the laborer. Your customer is not looking for plastic, they are looking for the best protection for their beds.