View Full Version : mulch jobs 101

04-07-2008, 01:20 PM
Ok so I'm wanting to put a note in my next invoice to customer about doing mulching. What are the best ways to make money, and keep my customers happy? I'm a solo-guy, it would probably benefit me to have a buddy help.

:hammerhead:Whats the best way to approach mulch jobs??

04-07-2008, 02:26 PM
I'm thinking you need to know the square yards you'll need first. Then the price of the mulch your going to use. Then figure your man hours of time needed to complete the job. Add them up and you'll have your price.

See if I can do this,
say you need 10yds of mulch, it cost you $200, your paying $20 a yard. Add your mark-up to it. Say 25% your now selling it to the customer for $250
Man hours to do it, say 4hrs. at say $50 per hr.
$250 divided by 10= $25 per yard+ $50 a man hour= so your total would be $450 installed.

This is just a example not real life figures.
Anyone is more then welcome to add what I may have not included.

04-07-2008, 03:31 PM
It also depends on if you are getting it delivered or if your buying bags. 80% of the mulch jobs I do I use bags because they are fairly small jobs. You can get bags here for ~$2.00 and I charge the customer $10 per bag.

04-08-2008, 04:20 PM
heres what i charge:
3 cf bag cost @$ 2.50 per bag
cost to install @ $2.00 per bag
for a total of $4.50 per bag

i put notes on my invoice like this.
Note to all clients we sell & install mulch. Our Current price is $4.50 per bag installed.