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bobcatnj
03-30-2008, 06:12 PM
weird situation. i got 3 commercial jobs for full landscape maintenance. i bid at 80.00 a yard for hardwood mulch. property manager said most bids were around 55-60 yard. am i to high on mulch a yard? or is everyone else 2 low. i'm getting the mulch at 19 yard

EJD Lawnpride
03-30-2008, 06:17 PM
Is that for delivery and install or is edging included in that price? $80 with edging included and that is right on.

bobcatnj
03-30-2008, 06:27 PM
that delivery and installed, no edging

jasonlandscape
03-30-2008, 06:52 PM
that sounds pretty high

J&R Landscaping
03-30-2008, 07:51 PM
that delivery and installed, no edging

Sounds about right to me!

ponyboy
03-30-2008, 08:21 PM
in rockland co NY comm mulc goes for $55-$60 and residental mulch goes for $70-$85 depends on the type, so for comm you are a little high. I think it is bs and you should get $80 a yard so play their game do it for $60 and just add and extra yard or so to the bill they will not know unless they are buying the mulch wich they are not, it is not correct to do that but it is a numbers game with commerical work

TJLANDS
03-30-2008, 08:33 PM
weird situation. i got 3 commercial jobs for full landscape maintenance. i bid at 80.00 a yard for hardwood mulch. property manager said most bids were around 55-60 yard. am i to high on mulch a yard? or is everyone else 2 low. i'm getting the mulch at 19 yard

It depends, I bid commercial @45-55 and residential @65-75 including edging.
There are some large companies doing it for 35 in ocean county which is very annoying. I pay 12 or less per yard for mulch. Most of my commercial sites are at least 30 yards, residential about 10.
Seems the farther north you go in NJ the more I can charge.

LB1234
03-31-2008, 01:46 AM
70 per yard, 80 dyed. we pay around 18 w/tax. Min. 5 yards. Delivered and spread. Edging, weeding, etc. is all extra. Same price commercial/residential/industrial.

It doesn't cost me less for doing commercial work so why the heck would I charge less? Makes no sense to me.

bobcatnj
03-31-2008, 07:26 AM
no, we got the jobs at 80. and i'm going to charge 80 a yard. i couldnt make any money doing it for 55 a yard

TJLANDS
03-31-2008, 08:52 AM
70 per yard, 80 dyed. we pay around 18 w/tax. Min. 5 yards. Delivered and spread. Edging, weeding, etc. is all extra. Same price commercial/residential/industrial.

It doesn't cost me less for doing commercial work so why the heck would I charge less? Makes no sense to me.

It does cost less, sometimes. For some commercial where I am using over 70 yards I get it delivered by the tractor trailer load.

You get 80 per yard plus edging etc. in Central NJ? so you are at 100+ per yard?
For what kind of work? Where?

AceFinish
03-31-2008, 09:00 AM
Look at it this way if that is what you need to make on the job to make money then charge $80.00 a yard. Everybody has a different overhead charge what you need to to make money on the job. If he wants a cheap job then let him do it he will learn

Carolina Cuts
03-31-2008, 09:03 AM
i bid at 80.00 a yard for hardwood mulch. property manager said most bids were around 55-60 yard.

ummmm, yes. Too high.

GreenSouth Landscapes
03-31-2008, 07:54 PM
I profit $30-$35 per yard. Just depends i guess on the job. Most customers don't want to pay for edging. If you included edging then your price is accurate but otherwise its a little high.

LB1234
04-01-2008, 12:42 AM
It does cost less, sometimes. For some commercial where I am using over 70 yards I get it delivered by the tractor trailer load.

You get 80 per yard plus edging etc. in Central NJ? so you are at 100+ per yard?
For what kind of work? Where?

I don't understand the question...:confused:

We get/charge the customer 80 per cubic yard for dyed mulch and 70 per yard for reg hardwood. That includes me bringing it to the site and spreading it in the beds. That's it.

Beds edged is an additional charge & so's a spring cleanup (pruning, weeding, cutting back perennials, removing annuals, leaf cleanup, etc.). I factor 40 an hour for my labor and 35 per yard of debris removed. It usually comes out around $0.50 per lineal foot for bed edging. We try and line up between 3-5 jobs per week. We will do the spring cleanup one day on them, edge it another (rent a bed shaper), and do the mulch the rest. Of course it depends on the size of the job how many/little we can get done in a day.

Hunterdon/Somerset Counties. We also offer discounts to customers via direct mail flyers and additional money off if they utilize us for lawn care.

Does this answer your question?