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Toxey
03-09-2009, 01:07 PM
how much are you charging to put out the 3 cubic feet bag of mulch? thanks

dwost
03-09-2009, 01:16 PM
Free......if it's only one bag :)

Toxey
03-09-2009, 01:18 PM
actually it is over 40 bags and that is that is around 2 yards of mulch.

starry night
03-09-2009, 01:23 PM
Not to be sarcastic: depends on where you're putting it. How far from truck?
Around bushes or just in an open space? etc.

Toxey
03-09-2009, 01:25 PM
in beds with plants and beside a driveway so the walk with be easy

starry night
03-09-2009, 02:02 PM
I figure a minimum of $4.00 - $5.00 bag for labor & transportation. That's added to the cost of the mulch for an installed price. I'm paying employees.
If you are working alone then ?

I'm not sure how you are doing calculating of cubic yards? Better check your numbers.

Classified
03-09-2009, 02:25 PM
Why not just have 2 yards dumped in your pickup? It would be a lot cheaper that way. Depending on the kind of mulch, $50 - $75 a yard, installed

Toxey
03-09-2009, 02:35 PM
sorry i did screw that up. 40 bags would be 120 cubic feet or around 4 cubic yards.

starry night
03-09-2009, 02:38 PM
Why not just have 2 yards dumped in your pickup? It would be a lot cheaper that way. Depending on the kind of mulch, $50 - $75 a yard, installed

I've been using mostly bagged mulch for 25 years. For us, it is usually more efficient and less mess for doing smaller areas or areas that have intense landscaping (meaning lotsa plants)

Toxey
03-09-2009, 02:39 PM
that is what i am thinking. do do you add around $4 plus the cost of the mulch?

starry night
03-09-2009, 02:49 PM
Yep, that's it. We dump a bag or two at the back of the bed; spreading it partially as we dump the bag; then spread the mulch towards us with our hands. I caution my guys against emptying too many bags at one time. That usually results in too much in one spot and not enough in another.

BTW, our wives and girlfriends just love that manly smell of mulch hands.

tyler_mott85
03-09-2009, 06:40 PM
That figures i've calculated on is that it costs the same for bagged mulch or bulk mulch around here. But depending on how you're spreading it some ways are more efficient then others. For new landscapes with small plants = more ground i'll use bulk but for mature landscapes where you need to be more precise where you're dumping mulch i'll use bagged.
I typically charge $5 installed for a 2 Cu ft of mulch so do the math from there... 7.50 per bag for the big 3 cu ft.

baddboygeorge
03-09-2009, 10:31 PM
I get $14 a bag installed, Thats all we use is Cypress, it last longer an looks better!!

Holleys Landscaping
03-09-2009, 11:09 PM
I have never used bagged mulch, but we usually get $55-65 a square yard for bulk. Any redefining is extra. You really have to come up with your own prices cause everyone has different amounts of overhead and live in different parts of the country where prices vary drastically.

But since your using bags, $7.50 a bag sounds about right, for me atleast.

starry night
03-09-2009, 11:33 PM
I have never used bagged mulch, but we usually get $55-65 a square yard for bulk. Any redefining is extra. You really have to come up with your own prices cause everyone has different amounts of overhead and live in different parts of the country where prices vary drastically.

But since your using bags, $7.50 a bag sounds about right, for me atleast.

I was trying to make that point also. Market matters in pricing. Overhead varies so much: insurance, labor costs, equipment costs. But I think the young guy got some ideas from us, at least.

tamadrummer
03-09-2009, 11:40 PM
I don't do just one bag normally. In fact I have never done just one bag, I do it by the yard. The price is $65 a yard without barricade and $75 a yard with barricade.

If I have to weed the beds it is $30 an hour with a 2 hour minimum charge.

Pennings Gardens
03-10-2009, 05:42 PM
sorry i did screw that up. 40 bags would be 120 cubic feet or around 4 cubic yards.

What????? 40 3cubic feet bags is less then a yard and a half!!! :nono:

$90.- a yard installed. if my cost is $30.- a yard, 2 yard minimum

your cost will be (30X 4.99 a bag =) $149.70 a yard... you do the calculation, it takes me less then an hour to spread a yard

starry night
03-10-2009, 07:13 PM
[QUOTE=Pennings Gardens;2840158]What????? 40 3cubic feet bags is less then a yard and a half!!! :nono:[/QUOTE}

What???? Pennings are you referring to HIS calculations or are YOU saying 120 cu ft is less than a yard and a half?

Pennings Gardens
03-10-2009, 08:05 PM
[QUOTE=Pennings Gardens;2840158]What????? 40 3cubic feet bags is less then a yard and a half!!! :nono:[/QUOTE}

What???? Pennings are you referring to HIS calculations or are YOU saying 120 cu ft is less than a yard and a half?

Sorry, My bad, 40 bags is a little over 4 yards... I'm not sure what I was thinking... for some reason in my head 3'x3'x3' came out 90 cubic feet per yard and not 27...:dizzy: all I can say it's been a long day...:rolleyes: so let's try this again;

9 bags x $4.99 = $44.91 per yard + one hour labor (+ delivery if you charge that) that's more or less my price...

Again sorry bout that...

sandman23
03-10-2009, 08:20 PM
$6.00 per bag (2 cu ft.) installed. $3.00 for bag, $3.00 install. Not quite as much profit as bulk but much easier and cleaner.

brink2012
03-11-2009, 02:27 AM
$4-5 a bag is reasonable I think

daveyo
03-11-2009, 06:16 AM
one milllllllion dollars!!

Holleys Landscaping
03-11-2009, 08:57 AM
Why would you use bags when you're averaging 40 some dollars sq yd. I can get mulch in bulk for 16 dollars. Your profit would be a lot higher. But, I can understand if the job wont even take a yard, but if its more than a yard, buy it in bulk.

Toxey
03-11-2009, 10:57 AM
$6.00 per bag (2 cu ft.) installed. $3.00 for bag, $3.00 install. Not quite as much profit as bulk but much easier and cleaner.

Thank you sandman. :clapping:

grassman177
03-12-2009, 09:17 AM
we have never priced intall per bag as i thnk we wouldnever get the jobs!!!!! folks are quite frugal here when it comes to landscape maintenance. we price our 2 cu bags at 4 buck per when early ordered and 4.95 after specialorder. thisis hardwood and dyed hardwood . cypress does not decay here and is a very poor choice for mulch. it forms like a mat that is impervious to water and basically is counterproductive!

we time how long we think the job will take and add that into the measrured number of estmated bags(by the square ft). is this uncommon ???

starry night
03-12-2009, 10:06 AM
grassman: I was one of the first to respond in this thread so I want to clarify one point. We do 90% of our mulching from bags and I do my estimating using the figures I cited earlier per bag. However, I quote to customers per job or, if they ask, per cubic yard. I agree with you--- if we quoted $7 or $8 a bag installed, we probably would scare them away.

capetan
03-12-2009, 11:44 AM
what a timely thread ........ i generally do mulch by bulk, but i just got job that will require bags ( do to the terrain and numerous small plants). its interesting because the way i come up with the price for the bags is completely different than mulch in bulk... $ 4 to $8 labor per bag

punt66
03-12-2009, 11:50 AM
For all you mathematicians just remember 1yd = 9 bags of mulch.

starry night
03-12-2009, 12:00 PM
For all you mathematicians just remember 1yd = 9 bags of mulch.

For all of you mathematicians, remember some mulch (like hardwood fines) comes in 2 cu ft bags. So 1 yd = about 13 bags

Trader Rick
03-12-2009, 12:07 PM
Keep it simple - 2.5 times your cost on the product. You will be competitive, and still make $$$. Bagged mulch installs very fast so labor should not be a big issue with only 40 bags.