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asjgabries
04-02-2008, 09:41 PM
What do you guys charge for mulch installed and does that price include cleanup?

pj550v12
04-02-2008, 10:34 PM
All depends on the conditions. I usually charge around $50 a yard, plus labor to clean existing beds/ edge beds/ spread it.

GreenSouth Landscapes
04-02-2008, 10:46 PM
$50-$55 per yard. edging is more, I charge about $1.50 per linear foot for edging.

tjsquickcuts
04-02-2008, 11:06 PM
General Prep and Clean out - $125 - $225

Bed Edging - $75 - $200 * if needed

Landscape Fabric - $65 - $125 * if needed

Mulch - $75 per cubic Yard Installed w/ 5 Cu. Yd. Min.

Delivery - $65 - $100 *depending on Location and Job Size

Labor & Dumping - Included

Hope that helps

EagleLandscape
04-02-2008, 11:23 PM
We start $81 a yard, and try to get $101.25 if we can. I am leaning more towards 101 the way gas prices are going.

jaybird24
04-03-2008, 12:05 AM
Double shredded hardwood $65/yd installed. Everything else is T&T.

tjsquickcuts
04-03-2008, 12:26 AM
Crazy thing, I remember about 4 years ago I was charging $45 per cubic yard with just a $75 clean-up fee. Boy, amazing that I even made money, but guess then my overhead was no where near what it is now. I am going to test the water this year and try to flirt with $100 plus per yard and see how high I can go. We have been on fire this year with Mulch installs, so I am not afraid to trial this. Whats the most someone has gotten for a cubic yard of mulch?

02DURAMAX
04-03-2008, 12:37 AM
$75 a yard plus clean-up fee

kps2389
04-03-2008, 07:09 AM
Another question what are all you guys paying for just the mulch by the yard?

Raven386
04-03-2008, 08:18 AM
$20 or $28 per yard, depending on where we go.

asjgabries
04-03-2008, 08:45 AM
I am paying $22 for black and charging $75 installed. Prep and edging additional by the hour cost.

IN2MOWN
04-03-2008, 08:58 AM
I pay $30.00 per yard for java brown and its costs the customer $80.00 per yard for install.

mybowtie
04-03-2008, 09:09 AM
Around my area, if i charged $80-100 a yrd installed, I'd be outta work.
To many retired or lowballers doing it for $40-50 yrd. Cant afford to have them do work for my customers, cause they will deff through them a price for the lawn.

ponyboy
04-03-2008, 09:31 AM
buy double hammer for $12 a yard charge &70 plus edge and prep
colored buy $22 a yard sell for &80 plus edge and prep

DoetschOutdoor
04-03-2008, 07:04 PM
I get hardwood mulch for $19/yard and charge $60/yard installed. Spade edging goes by the man hour.

bigclawn
04-03-2008, 07:15 PM
What we all charge may not fly in your market!! Ask here and get 100 different answers!

PerfectEarth
04-03-2008, 07:27 PM
Yea, and the same guys who do it for 40-50/yd (if that is lowballing) are probably the ones who lay it 1/2 inch here....4 inches there... Oh, let's PILE it around the trunks of the trees and mass it around all of the shrubs and bury them. I see it everyday this time of year. Some guy screwing up the basics of MULCHING.

I'm high- I get high-quality, natural product (22/yd), hand spread in tight areas, deliver, and install for 100-110/yd if I can get it. Smaller jobs get 110, higher amounts I try to use the hundred buck figure.

Again, what the market can bear.

bigclawn
04-03-2008, 10:59 PM
i'd have to see some invoices to believe that!!!I have a lot of friends in Louisville and some have been in business a very long time and those figures just don't seem to fly!

JJS
04-04-2008, 02:49 PM
$20 or $28 per yard, depending on where we go.


Where can I get mulch for $20 around here???

pj550v12
04-04-2008, 02:58 PM
Where in CT are you?

EagleLandscape
04-04-2008, 05:39 PM
I can buy it loose for 21 a yard, but i prefer to buy it bagged for 29.7 a yard.

no cleanup, easy to transport, and dont have to handle it twice. saves time on installation.

tjsquickcuts
04-04-2008, 11:19 PM
Bag mulch sucks, and most times the color fades faster. You guys need to start buying in bulk....36 yards at a time of each color. We pay just about $15.00 a yard delivered. We have to handle it twice, loading and installing, and sometime a third time reloading the extra mulch not used, but its worth it. We have 2 mulch jobs scheduled for tomorrow, one with 12 yards of Red Oak, and another with 11 yards of Black. Now that things have sorta settled, I will start posting pics of some of our jobs....

Lawnworks
04-05-2008, 08:39 AM
Yea, and the same guys who do it for 40-50/yd (if that is lowballing) are probably the ones who lay it 1/2 inch here....4 inches there... Oh, let's PILE it around the trunks of the trees and mass it around all of the shrubs and bury them. I see it everyday this time of year. Some guy screwing up the basics of MULCHING.

I'm high- I get high-quality, natural product (22/yd), hand spread in tight areas, deliver, and install for 100-110/yd if I can get it. Smaller jobs get 110, higher amounts I try to use the hundred buck figure.

Again, what the market can bear.

So for a 20 yard job that takes two guys half a day or 10 man hours... you charge $1500 or $150 per man hour?

kps2389
04-05-2008, 10:25 AM
I don't know where you other CT guys have found it for $20/yd the cheapest I have found is $25/yd for color enhanced at Walsh Bark Mulch in Newtown. Another good place is New England Bark Mulch in Winsted but thats a haul for me just to get mulch.

Woody82986
04-05-2008, 11:18 AM
I get it bulk loose hardwood for $18/yd. Bagged for $26.75/yd. I smaller jobs I like to go with the bags, larger with bulk. I generally charge $75/yd delivered and installed with no weeding or prep work on my end. $85-$90/yd installed with weeding or any prep work.

EagleLandscape
04-05-2008, 05:50 PM
The only mulch anyone uses in N. Texas (if they havent lost their mind) is Shredded Hardwood Mulch.

For what my company does, bagged is by far the most efficient and profitable product to use.

GreenT
04-05-2008, 11:35 PM
I've tried both bagged and bulk and there's no comparison. Not only is bulk cheaper but better quality and selection.

I pay $18/yard and charge $100/$120 installed. Clean up, edging, is extra.

Most I've charged is $140/yard to a very fancy dressage horse farm/training facility. That job took 22 yards.

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jaybird24
04-06-2008, 03:59 PM
We get our double shredded hardwood mulch for $10/yd. but that is getting a 100yd load delivered. If you have the place to store it and will use that much find out who supplies the place you get it from and give them a call. They will sell it to anybody, but its got to be a full load. easy profit. We usually go through about 500yd. a year. You can always just deliver it too and make a nice profit.

BCFLawnLandscape
04-08-2008, 09:48 PM
I did an estimate for a lady, did the estimate at 65 a yard and she told me that I was "Way" too high. and this was in a high end neighborhood. I couldn't believe it!

CreationWilmington
04-08-2008, 11:12 PM
3.5 multiplier on cost of mulch and 2 multiplier on delivery
10yds @ 10.00 =$100(hypethetical)
Delivery 100.00
My Cost= $200.00
My Price= $550.00

JayD
04-09-2008, 07:52 PM
Double shredded hardwood $65/yd installed. Everything else is T&T.

T&T ???????What is it.

jaybird24
04-09-2008, 08:00 PM
Oops! meant T&M- time and materials.

JayD
04-09-2008, 08:02 PM
Do most of you do bed edging when you do mulch jobs?
If so, do you rent edger? and what do they rent for?
One more please, Why do you edge? Is it just for looks or does it help in some way?
Thanks.

TJLANDS
04-09-2008, 08:19 PM
Had a meeting today with 6 other owners in the area. In my area in NJ we are lucky to get 50-60 a yard installed. Some jobs are more some are less. There are way to many companies installing for 35-40. I pay $7-9 a yard for double shrd and $12-13 for dyed. People around here that say they are always getting 100 a yard are full of it.

Jay , Edging of the beds defines the line between bed and lawn. It serves several functions. It keeps the mulch in and neat, and also keeps the grass from encroaching into the landscape beds.
As far as the bed edging machine I own a bed shaper by little wonder.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=159997 post 15

JayD
04-09-2008, 08:24 PM
Had a meeting today with 6 other owners in the area. In my area in NJ we are lucky to get 50-60 a yard installed. Some jobs are more some are less. There are way to many companies installing for 35-40. I pay $7-9 a yard for double shrd and $12-13 for dyed. People around here that say they are always getting 100 a yard are full of it.

Jay , Edging of the beds defines the line between bed and lawn. It serves several functions. It keeps the mulch in and neat, and also keeps the grass from encroaching into the landscape beds.
As far as the bed edging machine I own a bed shaper by little wonder.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=159997 post 15

Thanks TJ, very good info. I have been wanting to buy one because I think the beds look so much better.

JayD
04-09-2008, 08:27 PM
Had a meeting today with 6 other owners in the area. In my area in NJ we are lucky to get 50-60 a yard installed. Some jobs are more some are less. There are way to many companies installing for 35-40. I pay $7-9 a yard for double shrd and $12-13 for dyed. People around here that say they are always getting 100 a yard are full of it.

Jay , Edging of the beds defines the line between bed and lawn. It serves several functions. It keeps the mulch in and neat, and also keeps the grass from encroaching into the landscape beds.
As far as the bed edging machine I own a bed shaper by little wonder.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=159997 post 15
Now what do you do with the dirt, you just scoop it up and get rid of it?
In this pix, is that job done, or do you still have to install the mulch?

JayD
04-09-2008, 08:32 PM
Hey, I have another question about mulch jobs......
How many of you put down snapshot or preen (?) before you mulch or when ever you do it?Whats the facts about doing this? Should you?etc.......

TJLANDS
04-09-2008, 09:04 PM
Now what do you do with the dirt, you just scoop it up and get rid of it?
In this pix, is that job done, or do you still have to install the mulch?

you should remove excess dirt/old mulch so you dont get the volcano effect.
And yes there is no mulch in that pic.
If the mulch job calls for a pre-emergent weed control then a snapshot or preen application would be done before you add the mulch.

David W
04-09-2008, 09:44 PM
i'd have to see some invoices to believe that!!!I have a lot of friends in Louisville and some have been in business a very long time and those figures just don't seem to fly!

I usually get between $65 and $80 a yard installed depending on the quantity here. I'm paying $22 for brown and $28 for black. You start figuring in gas prices for not so close jobs and easily go up to the $90 to $100 range.

tjsquickcuts
04-09-2008, 10:13 PM
Do most of you do bed edging when you do mulch jobs?
If so, do you rent edger? and what do they rent for?
One more please, Why do you edge? Is it just for looks or does it help in some way?
Thanks.

Here in Atlanta, if you dont edge the beds, the Bermuda will run into the beds and you will never ever get rid of it all, plus it looks good, but if you do get a really good rain, you will get ponding at the bottom of slopes and wash away if you dont properly fix the drainage problem.

DFLS
04-10-2008, 08:37 PM
$20 per yard to purchase double ground pine bark mulch. Will be installing for $85 / yard includes delivery. Cleanup of beds and edging extra.

Don't you hate it when someone bids on a job that calls for 20 yards and they make it work with 10 yards? Can you say too thin? Happened to my neighborhood association we paid for 20 but there is no way that there was 20 installed. I know if I put down 20 it would have been over 2" thick. Cannot prove it though and too many people in the neighborhood like the work his amigos do. When they extended a bed they actually scraped the grass off with a shovel leaving the roots and put 1" or less of mulch over it. No roundup or fabric at all. There is grass coming up everywhere.

turbo5560
04-10-2008, 08:47 PM
see the problem with mulch is that everyone has there opinion. Some think that you need 2-4 inches every year, but those same people don't get the job every year either. In my area everyone likes to put at least 2 inches on every year and if you keep up with weeding there is no point for more than one inch every year.
almost all of my new accounts this year are unhappy with the past mulch jobs because they now have a foot of mulch/bark in there beds and there is no need for more then 4 inches total. I alway bid by stuff for 1.5 inches and then put about an inch down maybe slightly more. The only purpose for mulch in a clean, weed free flowed bed is for looks and color.

DFLS
04-10-2008, 09:16 PM
see the problem with mulch is that everyone has there opinion. Some think that you need 2-4 inches every year, but those same people don't get the job every year either. In my area everyone likes to put at least 2 inches on every year and if you keep up with weeding there is no point for more than one inch every year.
almost all of my new accounts this year are unhappy with the past mulch jobs because they now have a foot of mulch/bark in there beds and there is no need for more then 4 inches total. I alway bid by stuff for 1.5 inches and then put about an inch down maybe slightly more. The only purpose for mulch in a clean, weed free flowed bed is for looks and color.

Yes when I mulch I always remove existing mulch from the edges of the beds so it is new mulch for a full 2" thick against the edges. But where there is already sufficient depth I sprinkle an inch or so on top to dress it up.