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miketull8
04-08-2008, 06:22 PM
Alright...I need some help. I am quoting a job that needs 23 yards of mulch...I can get the mulch for 22.00 per yard plus 45.00 for delivery....total of $551.00....how do you guys price this aspect of lawn care? Scratchin' my head here!! :dizzy:

M&MLawn
04-08-2008, 06:24 PM
Do you need to do edging as well? We typically charge around $75 per yard depending on what exactly needs to be done.

Ronniecoleman
04-08-2008, 06:30 PM
Same prices as M&M.

miketull8
04-08-2008, 06:39 PM
no edging....actually, this is an existing bed that wraps around the house...just need to re-do it...customer doesn't want the old mulch removed, just add new....

MulchMan88
04-08-2008, 06:55 PM
I charge $45 a yard plus delivery for anything thats over 15 yards. I go to $50-55 for anything less than 15, depending on the job. I get my mulch for $19 a yard. This seems to be a solid going rate for my area.

chesterlawn
04-08-2008, 07:13 PM
Around my area, if there is no clean up but I have to re edge, I get $100 per yard. I've been giving that price for a few years and nobody has squalked. Don't tell the customer $100 per yard and I'll put down so many yards, just price the job.

ALC-GregH
04-08-2008, 07:32 PM
How do you determine the tax on Mulch? I'm thinking it's different in each state.
If you have to charge tax on it, how is that calculated? By the yard?

IN2MOWN
04-08-2008, 07:36 PM
How do you determine the tax on Mulch? I'm thinking it's different in each state.
If you have to charge tax on it, how is that calculated? By the yard?



Tax is calculated by the final price. If Im right sales tax in PA is 6%.

A $200.00 job would be $212.00.

Take the amount of the job and times it by 6%. Then add that # to the price.

$200.00 + $12.00 for sales tax = $212.00

TNT LawnCare Inc.
04-08-2008, 08:20 PM
Charge by the yard ,most of us are between $70-$90 a yard installed. You puttin it down by yourself ? LOL

IN2MOWN
04-08-2008, 08:28 PM
Charge by the yard ,most of us are between $70-$90 a yard installed. You puttin it down by yourself ? LOL



Days worth of work solo if its done right. Not to long.

Mimowerman
04-08-2008, 08:32 PM
We charge the retail price of mulch (26-31.50) Plus Delivery (30-40) Plus 30 per yard installation.... Extra for really bad weeding etc....

Carolina Cuts
04-08-2008, 11:33 PM
Days worth of work solo if its done right. Not to long.
I humped 22 yards in 6 hours by myself. Slept like a baby that night too.
Piece o' cake.

krisuk80
04-08-2008, 11:38 PM
I humped 22 yards in 6 hours by myself. Slept like a baby that night too.
Piece o' cake.

I shifted 20 yards today in 7 hours...only problem was, the stuff could only be dumped 40-100 yards from the beds i needed to be at (Oh and there was non stop drizzle for 5 hours of the 7 hours I was there!) It's safe to say I've had a few drinks tonight, and will definitley sleep like a log...and wake up SORE ;-)

Carolina Cuts
04-08-2008, 11:41 PM
the stuff could only be dumped 40-100 yards from the beds
yea, that'll hurt ya. I got lucky with mine, close beds were 10 feet, furthest was about 100'.

Moved 18 on Saturday, 50 yards from the FIRST flower bed. That suuuucked!
but she tipped me BIG money on that job.

krisuk80
04-09-2008, 12:05 AM
yea, that'll hurt ya. I got lucky with mine, close beds were 10 feet, furthest was about 100'.

Moved 18 on Saturday, 50 yards from the FIRST flower bed. That suuuucked!
but she tipped me BIG money on that job.

Ouch! I doubt I'll get tipped on this one to be honest, the lot size is probably 1 acre+ and it's a pain in the ass...On a bank, fenced back yard, with someone elses "attempt" at 2 story high walls around the beds. What I can only assume is Multiflora Rose growing through the azaleas and other shrbs, dense Ivy throughout (Also growing through the blocks, which i have removed). I did however know what I was up against and charged respectivley, a tip is always nice, but i never hold my breath

thesodfather
04-09-2008, 04:01 PM
I humped 22 yards in 6 hours by myself. Slept like a baby that night too.
Piece o' cake.

thats over 3 and a half yards an hour.. i can probably do 2 to 2.5 an hour by myself but im dead afterwards.. what do you think im not doing thats holding me back so much? i know im not weak but it seems like youre loading and running with the wheel barrow for 6 hours straight

Carolina Cuts
04-09-2008, 06:13 PM
I moved it into piles around the house/flowerbeds, but I didn't spread it. Spreading took another hour. 8 cubic ft. wheel barrow, double wheeled and a snow shovel.

Was I running? Yes.... only because my buddy bet me $100 that I couldn't move it by a certain time. I used my cell phone to take a pic of the pile when it was delivered.... and he wanted another pic at the time we agreed with the same view from the camera. So, naturally, I hustled that day... and made an extra $100. :cool2:

lsu03
04-09-2008, 06:20 PM
if you are just remulching in the spring, just covering the old mulch, how thick should the mulch be? i always did this but never paid attention to how thick i put it.

miketull8
04-10-2008, 07:29 PM
well, here guys.....I can get the mulch....(dark walnut) for 22.50 per yard. I need 25 yards, plus 45.00 for delivery. 22.50 X 25 = 562.50...+ 45.00 for delivery = 607.50...then I doubled it like some of you have said...which is $1,215.00....I quoted $1,175.00...because I really want into this $$$$$$$$$ neighborhood. She says that she was hoping for a price of between 850.00 and 1000.00....can a guy get a break? She isn't sure if they want the weekly mowing service...what would you do?

turbo5560
04-10-2008, 07:58 PM
well, here guys.....I can get the mulch....(dark walnut) for 22.50 per yard. I need 25 yards, plus 45.00 for delivery. 22.50 X 25 = 562.50...+ 45.00 for delivery = 607.50...then I doubled it like some of you have said...which is $1,215.00....I quoted $1,175.00...because I really want into this $$$$$$$$$ neighborhood. She says that she was hoping for a price of between 850.00 and 1000.00....can a guy get a break? She isn't sure if they want the weekly mowing service...what would you do?

as long as it's just spreading the bark with 4 guys you could have it done in about 4 hours or less depending on how far you need to move the mulch to. Depending on your hourly rate you might want to do it still. In some cases to break even isn't all bad. Especially considering you want to get into the neighborhood and because she hasn't decided about the mowing. She sees that you are negotiable with the mulch she might think that she should use you for the lawn care as well. Just something to think about. You never know what other business you will get if you get this account. Just my two cents, but i haven't grown by 300% each year nothing either.

lawnman_scott
04-10-2008, 10:50 PM
well, here guys.....I can get the mulch....(dark walnut) for 22.50 per yard. I need 25 yards, plus 45.00 for delivery. 22.50 X 25 = 562.50...+ 45.00 for delivery = 607.50...then I doubled it like some of you have said...which is $1,215.00....I quoted $1,175.00...because I really want into this $$$$$$$$$ neighborhood. She says that she was hoping for a price of between 850.00 and 1000.00....can a guy get a break? She isn't sure if they want the weekly mowing service...what would you do?she wants the mulch cheap and isnt going to tell you she desnt want you to mow until you do the cheap mulch job hoping to get the lawn. I would run.

thesodfather
04-11-2008, 12:32 AM
well, here guys.....I can get the mulch....(dark walnut) for 22.50 per yard. I need 25 yards, plus 45.00 for delivery. 22.50 X 25 = 562.50...+ 45.00 for delivery = 607.50...then I doubled it like some of you have said...which is $1,215.00....I quoted $1,175.00...because I really want into this $$$$$$$$$ neighborhood. She says that she was hoping for a price of between 850.00 and 1000.00....can a guy get a break? She isn't sure if they want the weekly mowing service...what would you do?


as soon as someone has a problem with your prices you have to work your 'magic'.. ive worked at a restaurant for 6 years and now that im running a lawn company ive begun to use my skills ive acquired at the restaurant to make my company more money.. at the restaurant we work on 'upselling'.. thats basically how the service industry refers to selling the customer the more expensive product then they might be looking for but assuring them that they are going to be making the best decision in the end.. people come to you looking to get their mulch done and ill compare that to someone coming in knowing they want a steak.. when im at the restaurant i own a business inside that business and my business is of a couple tables but the more they spend the higher the price and higher my tip is going to be based on percentage.. if they come in looking for a steak i have to try my darndest to get them to get that filet or that porterhouse instead of that gritty sirloin and if they do go with that they have room in the pocket book for me to suggest to add extra things in order of getting my check price up.. when im giving a quote im giving the same kind of input.. i assure them that theyre going to appreciate it in the end and im the best for them.. and that theyre going to come back.. the one good thing about this business is if they dont want to go with my price fine but im not losing anything giving them a 5 minute breakdown on why to chose me at the price i give.. at the restaurant im stuck with the cheapos and im screwed!

02DURAMAX
04-11-2008, 04:34 AM
$75-$80 a yard plus anything else that needs to be done..