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SCAGMAN411
01-03-2008, 08:08 PM
How much do all of u charge to spread a yard of mulch, i hav been charging about 20 per yard

cpel2004
01-03-2008, 08:42 PM
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mowing grass 1111
01-03-2008, 11:38 PM
i charge $55 a yard and have a $100 minium charge for 1 yard or less

chesterlawn
01-04-2008, 01:22 PM
Year after year the labor rates change, so it doesn't hurt to re ask these questions now and again. I try to get $100 mat. and labor a yard. I don't tell the customer that, I just give them a price for the job. That includes weeding and edging if it's not to bad.

Allure
01-24-2008, 10:48 PM
we charge $65 per yard installed

F Y P M
01-24-2008, 10:54 PM
We charge $65 a yard installed

paradisescaper
04-20-2008, 12:39 AM
ive been having trouble getting 60

KeystoneLawn&Landscaping
04-20-2008, 08:22 AM
50 to 60 depending what the obstacles are

BillyRgn
04-20-2008, 05:17 PM
i charge $90-$100 for the mulch and installation per yard

DBL
04-20-2008, 05:22 PM
i charge $90-$100 for the mulch and installation per yard

our range as well depends on if they are a lawn customer and what type of mulch

Stillwater
04-21-2008, 03:46 AM
Year after year the labor rates change, so it doesn't hurt to re ask these questions now and again. I try to get $100 mat. and labor a yard. I don't tell the customer that, I just give them a price for the job. That includes weeding and edging if it's not to bad.

Ditto for the most part in MA. give or take...........

dcgreenspro
04-21-2008, 08:20 AM
including edging and pruning (if it's reasonable) 90 to 105 a yard installed

FTGUprprtyMaint
04-21-2008, 11:37 PM
$65 w/ installation $ 50 for delivery

Travel'n Trees
04-22-2008, 01:52 AM
I charge 75 and bid 42.50 on 5 hundred yard deal and lost.

Stillwater
04-22-2008, 01:59 AM
I charge 75 and bid 42.50 on 5 hundred yard deal and lost.

be greatfull............

SDNCLAWNCARE
04-23-2008, 06:29 PM
65-80.00 per yard.

Paradise Landscapes
05-31-2008, 05:42 PM
I start at 75.00 per Double Brown, Raise for color mulch.

mzgloves20
07-20-2008, 12:51 AM
I found a good supplier who makes his own high quality mulch. He delivers 10 yds (minimum) or more and I have been able to make money at $50 or so a yard. Any more then that in this area and I don't get the job....

Cart-Away
08-05-2008, 05:28 PM
You also need to consider the delivery charges into your price. There are ways to get your mulch to the jobsite without delivery charges.

SpruceLandscape
10-28-2008, 04:35 PM
you need to take into consideration the type of mulch you are using and the obstacles involved when you are spreading. Triple shred mulch spreads a little bit farther per yard, but also costs more. Then if its colored mulch you need to be careful that you aren't staining concrete while installing, not that it won't wash off, but people will complain. Also, spreading a yard of mulch in an open area is a lot faster than spreading it between 50 small plants and shrubs. Need to take into consideration how far you have to transport the mulch, and I'm not talking about from the supply yard. If you can get it in place just off the truck thats one thing, completely different though if you are taking it a wheel load at a time 300'!
Point is, there really isn't a set price that everyone in a certain area can go by. It all depends on how efficiently you can get the job done, and how much you need to make to cover your expenses. Start with some small 5-7 yard jobs first, get a feel for it. If you bid them too low, then you aren't out that much on only a few hours work and now you know to bid a little bit higher on the next one.

White Gardens
11-03-2008, 01:25 PM
Good twice shredded hardwood.

$35/yard my cost from dealer.

$45-$65/yard delivered.

$85- $120 a yard installed. (sometimes labor is a big factor in final bill)


Doing enough mulch now to have a semi-load brought in next year to drop initial cost.

FYS777
02-05-2009, 03:21 PM
We charge 80 per yard installed, but then again that was last year, haven't gotten any price list this yet, the haven't come in my area.

J&R Landscaping
02-05-2009, 09:22 PM
$65-$85 per yard installed. Minor weeding included, bed edging extra. What part of PA are you from??

4.3mudder
02-06-2009, 12:15 AM
Holy crap, I'm only doing it for 35 a yard! Oh well, times are tough for everybody. Gota take what I can get.

2brothersyardcare
02-17-2009, 08:42 AM
is 1.5 times the cost a good price?

Woody82986
02-19-2009, 08:32 PM
Here in the DFW area I shoot for $75 per yard for regular hardwood mulch. Dyed mulch and other mulches are more. I can get $90 per yard for black dyed mulch.

Labrador Landscaping
02-23-2009, 05:31 AM
What is everyone charging additionally for laying landscape fabric down?

BlackDog3
02-23-2009, 11:34 AM
Hey bud, i charge about 70 dollars per yard. I dont use landscape fabric at all. Its a pain in the butt. If you do want to put it down, i would charge the cost+ a % for the product. As for labor, it all really depends how fast you can get it out before it blows away.

Chris

Labrador Landscaping
02-23-2009, 11:37 AM
Hey bud, i charge about 70 dollars per yard. I dont use landscape fabric at all. Its a pain in the butt. If you do want to put it down, i would charge the cost+ a % for the product. As for labor, it all really depends how fast you can get it out before it blows away.

Chris

Thanks Chris. I have to lay it down, per the bid specs. Not my choice.

FYS777
02-23-2009, 11:39 AM
just pin it down as you role it out, works great in windy areas, they should have fabric pins were you buy it.

BlackDog3
02-23-2009, 11:46 AM
Pins do work haha! If i have the mulch there with me already i usually put some mulch scoops on it!

Chris

FYS777
02-23-2009, 11:56 AM
depends, thats a funny vision, holding a shovel rolling out fabric one foot on fab, trying to reach a scoop of mulch the wind blowing, O if new beds trying to bring the wheel barrel with you at the same time, Ha ha

Charlie Sierra
03-02-2009, 05:33 PM
Hello,

I have done a pretty good business starting at about $100.00 per cubic yard installed with some jobs involving running wheelbarrows around the house/up and/or down steps/or excessive pruning coming out to around $150.00 per yard installed.

The most I ever charged was $225.00 a cubic yard installed but the place had to be sold NOW, had no bed work for three years and the ornamental trees needed pole pruning. They got a reasonable deal.

My pricing does not get balked at too much even though there are people who do it cheaper. However, I only use the best materials available because many people charging sirloin prices in this area supply dog meat mulch. Unless the customer has a special request, I only use triple shredded, virgin hardwood material supplied by a lumber debarking mill. No 2 x 4 butts, no bottle caps, no weed seeds, no cigarette butts, no roofing nails, no bad smell, etc. It holds its color longer, weeds are not built in, it is finely shredded so it stays put when the time to mow comes, and, most importantly, the customers are only paying 8% more per truckload than the garbage the last guy brought to the property so everybody is very happy.

My pricing is turn key: includes pruning, edging, pre-emergent, spring clean up and and all the trimmings. I would like to think that I am the industry standard :).

Too, I don't mulch "too early" here in Zone 6A. Some of the competition was installing last week!

W.

T-Trim
04-07-2009, 11:38 AM
Yea just remember the guy who is 125 a yard isn't making no more than the guy who does it for 65. I hope. You need to figure you costs and then find a number that works for you. If you a one or two man company maybe 2x the price of mulch. We stop adding delivery to the cost for install. Meaning the cost was build into the mulch. Add all other service too. weeding edging turning over old mulch. that stuff. Sometime we mow after the fact to hid the wheelbarrow marks. And remember have fun. Thats the reason I started landscaping nothing beats the great outdoors and making money too doesn't hurt.

Labrador Landscaping
04-07-2009, 04:59 PM
Charlie,

I would agree with you. We're behind you in spring services and I've got people here laying mulch down where the snow is still on the ground!

By the way, you have the best ribs in the country at the Montgomery Inn My favorite restaurant in the world! :)

Andrew & Ben's Lawn Care
05-27-2010, 09:35 AM
Because of the price of mulch in my area, I can install it for 53.00 per yard. I also add on, "bed clean out and prep" at my hourly rate. If the beds are difficult to get to, I will add an hour or two to the bottom line. I don't spend any of my time picking up the mulch, I have it delivered directly to the customers house and have it put in the driveway.

Andrew & Ben's Lawn Care
05-27-2010, 09:40 AM
Use the little "horseshoe" stakes. You can buy them when you get the fabric. 1 bag of stakes per roll of fabric. Pin as you go and you won't have to worry about wind. Makes the job a ton easier.

FuturePilot4u
05-27-2010, 04:05 PM
i shoot for 85/yard(Premium $30/yrd) and 80/yard(Standard 25/yrd.

the.hines
09-01-2010, 11:09 PM
I start @ $60 a Yard 3 Yard Min installed

LawnsRUsInc.
02-25-2011, 09:56 AM
In my area the suppliers are selling double ground mulch (2times threw a 4" screen) for prices $22-28 They buy it from the processing co. for $12-13 for 80-100yd loads. So we just cut out both of them and process our own mulch that costs about $3-3.50 a yd. So with that said we install hardwood mulch for $45 per yd. $39.50 for installs over 100 yds. We also pay our guys a bonus on production for mulch.

PROCUT1
02-25-2011, 11:53 AM
I charge enough to cover my expenses, overhead and make a profit.

Thats what you should do too.

LawnsRUsInc.
02-25-2011, 08:28 PM
Procut i thought u were done with the landscape sector?

All Season Bill
01-10-2012, 04:26 PM
We always figured it two ways then took an average so as not to soak the customer.

One way is two have the labor built in (as someone mentioned here) but it's an equation that you can start off with at your desk or truck only.

Then hopefully when you actually list everything by price (the list you show the customer) it should come out pretty close; The price of a yard of mulch; the price for labor' the price of delivery and so on. The first equation doesn't work if you're adding plant material. That's figured seperately of course.