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lawncare010
04-14-2008, 07:08 PM
How much do you guys charge to spread a yard of mulch when the mulch is provided

Stillwater
04-14-2008, 07:54 PM
your labor rate per man

EagleLandscape
04-14-2008, 08:04 PM
ditto......

Figure out how much it is costing you in hour per laborer, and then add on how much you want to make off of that.

Pretty simple.

Isobel
04-14-2008, 08:21 PM
depends on the site layout: obstacles, pitch of the site, accessibility, etc...

Shuter
04-14-2008, 08:32 PM
I charge my labor rate by the hour, by the man. I do not work this way. I provide the mulch and labor.

P.Services
04-14-2008, 08:42 PM
why are they supplying the mulch?

Isobel
04-14-2008, 08:56 PM
i agree with that, I always supply the mulch, it just ends up being more cost effective for them, and I get more of a profit.

JNyz
04-14-2008, 09:36 PM
100.00/yd should get it done

freedm2
04-14-2008, 09:40 PM
100.00/yd should get it done

Your kidding right?

JNyz
04-14-2008, 09:45 PM
Your kidding right?

opps. sorry. forgot the part about suppling the mulch. 60.00/yd

mybowtie
04-14-2008, 09:58 PM
opps. sorry. forgot the part about suppling the mulch. 60.00/yd

$60 a yard to spred it out....:eek: 1 guy 20 min tops per yrd..thats $180 an hr. U would be laughed at in my area.. Laywers make that around here, not LCO's.

P.Services
04-14-2008, 09:58 PM
opps. sorry. forgot the part about suppling the mulch. 60.00/yd

i supply it and install it for less then that and i still make a killing. i have a 40 yard job for next week, maybe im to cheap??

JNyz
04-14-2008, 10:24 PM
i supply it and install it for less then that and i still make a killing. i have a 40 yard job for next week, maybe im to cheap??

so you are installing for 25/yard??? God bless you

tangofox1971
04-14-2008, 10:25 PM
I am in my first year and am a 1 man show can someone offer some advice on how much i should charge to just spread the mulch. and is the 1 man /yd in 20min a realistic work rate?

tangofox1971
04-14-2008, 10:28 PM
also how much will one yard of mulch cover in sq ft? and what is the industry stardard for thickness i was thinking 3-4"

P.Services
04-14-2008, 10:30 PM
I am in my first year and am a 1 man show can someone offer some advice on how much i should charge to just spread the mulch. and is the 1 man /yd in 20min a realistic work rate?

it will change a bit job to job, if you have to truck it a long ways then it may be 1 yrd per 60 min. thats what i am figuring on the job i am about to do. if its super close 3 yards an hour is maybe a tad high. just keep in mind once you start to use hired help they will move half as fast as you and load them half as high.

P.Services
04-14-2008, 10:33 PM
figure out your square footage then..

sq ft divided by 54 = 6'' thick

sq ft divided by 81 = 4'' thick

sq ft divided by 162 = 2'' thick

this formula will tell you how many yards you need to get that depth based on the square footage of the beds.

tangofox1971
04-14-2008, 10:37 PM
thank you, that will help me in my first mulching job estimate on wed. i have a long bed pick up and a 6x10 enclosed trailer.

tangofox1971
04-14-2008, 10:40 PM
the customer said they might want to supply their own mulch i would be just spreading it ideas on what to charge if its already on the job site.

P.Services
04-14-2008, 10:42 PM
are you a legal biz registered with the state yet? if not you should just go get a name super quick that way you can get the mulch at a wholesale price. with out the name and paper work you might pay up to $10 or $15 a yard more. just an idea

P.Services
04-14-2008, 10:44 PM
the customer said they might want to supply their own mulch i would be just spreading it ideas on what to charge if its already on the job site.

they are just trying to save a buck not knowing they will end up paying more because you dont get to mark up the retail. ask them what they want and what color and you will get it done deal. you are running a biz to make a living not being a rent-a-slave

SouthernCutter
04-14-2008, 10:45 PM
i like to supply the mulch, that way i can mark it up as well.

I am pulling in the range of 60 a yard for brown mulch, and since i hate spreading black mulch so much, i spread it for close to 80 a yard.

You cant really have a set price per yard due to how much will you have to wheelbarrow, or can you throw it right off the trailer? I'm only in my second year, and i am getting these prices.
If you are having to low ball it to get it, pass it up. Its not worth your time, you could be cutting grass or spreading mulch somewhere else. And i have never loaded mulch into an enclosed....that doesnt sound fun.

And yes, getting licensed is a great idea. i didnt get licensed my first year, and i was paying 28 for a yard of brown mulch, i now pay 20, black was 37 and i now pay 29 a yard. Being licensed saves you money on the mulch for sure.

mybowtie
04-14-2008, 10:54 PM
Depends on your area. I get $35 per man hr if no equipment is used such as tractor/loader. It also depends on how far u have to wheel it to the beds.
Are they raised beds, hillside. Do they want beds edged or cleaned out first.

I try to figure out how many man hrs it will take, and add a little time for error

This is if they customer supplies the mulch. I pay 20 yrd for my mulch, and sell it for $55 + install

tangofox1971
04-14-2008, 10:57 PM
i figure $20/hr for labor stuff like that is that too low?

tangofox1971
04-14-2008, 11:03 PM
yes i am licensed and the beds are mostly level, house backs up to a golf coarse. when you say 60/yr that is you buying the mulch and spreading it correct? thanks for all the info guys.

tangofox1971
04-14-2008, 11:07 PM
i can borrow a different trailer if needed, customer might go with bags of the chopped rubber i figure it will come on pallets and they can slide them on my enclosed if need be. that is alot more expensive so i would have to add that to the 60/yd that stuff is like $8 a 30# bag or if you get it by the pallet its cheaper.

tangofox1971
04-14-2008, 11:08 PM
no the beds dont need to be cleaned out first

WALKER LANDSCAPE
04-14-2008, 11:18 PM
We get $100 to $125 a yard here that is us suppling the mulch, edging the beds, pre-emergent, and any weeding. To answer your question $45 a man sounds good.

Stillwater
04-14-2008, 11:21 PM
why are they supplying the mulch?

Seriously does it matter why? This can happen for various reasons, a few years back I got a call from a customer saying their out of state children had given them a gift of a butt load of mulch and new plants and a landscape plan they asked if we can handle it. I said sure how many guys you want and when. I been in business for 30 years an occasional customer supplying mulch is not a big deal and it is not a punch in the face of my ego.

Stillwater
04-14-2008, 11:27 PM
they are just trying to save a buck not knowing they will end up paying more because you dont get to mark up the retail. ask them what they want and what color and you will get it done deal. you are running a biz to make a living not being a rent-a-slave

So you make more on material mark up than than labor?

Some make heck of allot more on labor than a measly mark up on material Just something to think about..................

P.Services
04-14-2008, 11:35 PM
no i make money on both.

mybowtie
04-14-2008, 11:40 PM
i figure $20/hr for labor stuff like that is that too low?

Yes that is too low. Your time, gas getting there, ins, maintainence of equip.
It all adds up. By the time u figure all that in, your making $12-15 an hr. Can u live on that?

Stillwater
04-14-2008, 11:44 PM
yes to low .........

EagleLandscape
04-15-2008, 12:59 AM
We charge 100 - 125 per yard of mulch installed.

Trust me, it can be done:)

tangofox1971
04-15-2008, 09:34 AM
Thanks again for all the advice. That gives me the info I need to give a honest quote for the job. I will let everyone know how it goes later on this evening.

tangofox1971
04-21-2008, 09:45 AM
well they insisted on providing the mulch themselves. About 8 yards. so I gave them a labor est. as follows 35/yard brown mulch, 45/yard Black ( rubber) mulch, what do you think of my estimate?

Patatoe1
04-21-2008, 12:01 PM
Does that price include any of the prep work, or is it strictly for moving the mulch?

tangofox1971
04-21-2008, 06:47 PM
that is just for putting the mulch in no prep work