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green-pa
03-29-2008, 01:06 AM
I've got a customer that needs about 8 cubic yards ( or about 200 cubic feet) of mulch install around his hedges that span the length of his fence on his 1-1.5 acre property as well as a bunch around his house. How much is a reasonable price to ask for this?
Last year I used to figure $10/bag, so if the bag cost $3, then I made $7 for getting it and putting it in ( 20 bag job would equal $140 profit approx).
I was thinking about charging around $900 for this, which includes me making 2-3 trips to get the mulch with my truck and distributing it where needed.
Is this too high?

bigw
03-29-2008, 01:13 AM
I've got a customer that needs about 8 cubic yards ( or about 200 cubic feet) of mulch install around his hedges that span the length of his fence on his 1-1.5 acre property as well as a bunch around his house. How much is a reasonable price to ask for this?
Last year I used to figure $10/bag, so if the bag cost $3, then I made $7 for getting it and putting it in ( 20 bag job would equal $140 profit approx).
I was thinking about charging around $900 for this, which includes me making 2-3 trips to get the mulch with my truck and distributing it where needed.
Is this too high?

why not just have it deliverd and add the price to the job? I pay 25$ for delivery up to 20yds then after 20 i get it free,i also charge $100.00 a yard installed but after 10yds i charge 85$...you may lose that job if he bids it out,i think you are too high!

Raven386
03-29-2008, 01:20 AM
I would probably charge somewhere around $675 -$725 including the mulch... maybe more dependent on the where the mulch goes..

green-pa
03-29-2008, 01:21 AM
why not just have it deliverd and add the price to the job? I pay 25$ for delivery up to 20yds then after 20 i get it free,i also charge $100.00 a yard installed but after 10yds i charge 85$...you may lose that job if he bids it out,i think you are too high!

I could do that; just have them deliver it, as long as it's like under $50 or something. I don't mind getting it, but of course it would take me more trips.
One good thing about me getting it with my pick up is that ( if he'll let me )
I can drive back in his yard and line about 50 of the bags right off the truck where they need to be vs having to shuvel and wheel barrow each load the long span of his hedges ( I think it's about 120 ft or more).

Well, if I charge like u, then I would charge about $800 total then, right?
So I was pretty close with $900? I could do $800. It's still just an 8 hour or less job I'm thinking.

bigw
03-29-2008, 01:35 AM
I could do that; just have them deliver it, as long as it's like under $50 or something. I don't mind getting it, but of course it would take me more trips.
One good thing about me getting it with my pick up is that ( if he'll let me )
I can drive back in his yard and line about 50 of the bags right off the truck where they need to be vs having to shuvel and wheel barrow each load the long span of his hedges ( I think it's about 120 ft or more).

Well, if I charge like u, then I would charge about $800 total then, right?
So I was pretty close with $900? I could do $800. It's still just an 8 hour or less job I'm thinking.

why are you buying bags??? get 8yds bye the truck load!!

green-pa
03-29-2008, 01:42 AM
why are you buying bags??? get 8yds bye the truck load!!

This is my 2nd year and I'm so used to bags. It will cost approx $250 if I get bulk ( without bags ) for the 8 cubic yards vs. about $310 for bags.
Would it be easier to use a wheel barrow than to just throw the bags off and cut em open? Also, I've heard that sometimes they don't measure near as accurate when they do bulk loads. I just don't want to get kinda screwed and also want to get the job done as fast as possible. But if u guys think the bulk way is fastest then I'll go that way.
Will the bulk mulch be just the same quality as bagged though?

green-pa
03-29-2008, 02:03 AM
I would probably charge somewhere around $675 -$725 including the mulch... maybe more dependent on the where the mulch goes..

Ok. I've seen some other posts on mulch and this sounds close to what they are saying. I think I'm going to shoot at around $700; $650 at lowest.
It's not as much per hour as I was making on the smaller jobs but it will be a bit more total and a very nice days income.

paul vroom
03-29-2008, 09:27 AM
Go with the Raven

green-pa
03-30-2008, 06:43 AM
Go with the Raven

Yes, i did. I called and quoted $700 and I think it's on. :D

KGR landscapeing
03-30-2008, 06:55 AM
a big scoop or big fork and u can load a wheelboro in a couple scoops. with 5 guys we moved 7 yards in 20 mins. and the guys running wheelboros were slow. and everybody was 18

lawnjockey56
03-30-2008, 07:11 AM
i use bags if its a large property that i have to use the truck to drop off in multiple spots

CLARK LAWN
03-30-2008, 09:27 AM
why are you paying so much for bulk that over $30 a yard unless it is some speacialty mulch i would find another place to get it.

Raven386
03-30-2008, 11:14 AM
Yes, i did. I called and quoted $700 and I think it's on. :D

Congrats. keep us posted.

Was the $250 the price for it delivered? or was delivery extra?

BeautifulBlooms
03-30-2008, 11:36 AM
KGR 4 yards per hour per person!

That doesnt seem right, but if it is good job motivating those kids!

KGR landscapeing
03-30-2008, 11:44 AM
KGR 4 yards per hour per person!

That doesnt seem right, but if it is good job motivating those kids!

3 guys with scoops and the other were running wheelboros it was gonna rain on us.

green-pa
03-30-2008, 06:35 PM
Congrats. keep us posted.

Was the $250 the price for it delivered? or was delivery extra?

Delivery would be extra. I have a full size Ram so I'm expecting to make it in 2-3 trips, it's about 8 miles down the road. I might just see if they'll drop it off. Would probably save me over an hour and 1/2 driving/pickup time not to mention having to scrape it out of the truck if I do it. It's probably worth the $40-50 I think they charge isn't it?

green-pa
03-30-2008, 06:36 PM
why are you paying so much for bulk that over $30 a yard unless it is some speacialty mulch i would find another place to get it.

It's just the red dyed mulch. What would be a more reasonable price?

green-pa
03-30-2008, 06:37 PM
i use bags if its a large property that i have to use the truck to drop off in multiple spots

Is this really easier though, than using a wheel barrow and just dumping it vs bending over and cutting each one and all that? Bags will cost me at least $50-75 more.

green-pa
03-30-2008, 06:39 PM
a big scoop or big fork and u can load a wheelboro in a couple scoops. with 5 guys we moved 7 yards in 20 mins. and the guys running wheelboros were slow. and everybody was 18

Yeah, I think I need to get another fork or 2 :)

Grass Tremors
03-30-2008, 07:25 PM
if you cant make 100 an hour.... cleared.....forget it

green-pa
03-30-2008, 07:26 PM
if you cant make 100 an hour.... cleared.....forget it

Good one.

:laugh:

CLARK LAWN
03-30-2008, 07:50 PM
dont know this years price but last year i paid 22.50 for dyed and 18.50 for double shred.

CLARK LAWN
03-30-2008, 07:56 PM
for 8 yard of red dyed i would charge in the 650-700 range with minamal bed prep 3 guys should nock it out in about 3 hours. deffintly have it delivered if it will take you an hour and a half to run 3 loads it will cast your more than to just get it delivered.

lawnjockey56
03-30-2008, 08:49 PM
Is this really easier though, than using a wheel barrow and just dumping it vs bending over and cutting each one and all that? Bags will cost me at least $50-75 more.

i find it is yes

Raven386
03-30-2008, 10:36 PM
I'm paying $20/yard Brown & Red .....$24/yard for Black.

Cutting 4eva 21
03-30-2008, 10:54 PM
I just did a 8 yd. mulch job i charged right at $500 but prices differ in areas. I had me and another guy working we knocked it out in about 3 1/2 hours and that was hauling ass.. LOL and i would never pay 30 a yard for red crap. Have you registered w/ the nursery where u get ur mulch?? make sure u are getting the contractor price. And yes bulk is always better than bags to me wheel barrow dump at the beds spread it. good luck

Raven386
03-30-2008, 10:58 PM
Bags of mulch have there place. obviously when its under 1 yard of mulch needed, or just a touch-up. then there is the types of mulch that only come in bags, bark nuggets,cocoa mulch etc... but I would rather have a yard of mulch anyday.

green-pa
03-31-2008, 06:54 AM
THanks fellas for all your advice! I'm going to call around and see if I can get a bit better price than $31/yard.