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STIHL GUY
03-17-2009, 09:56 PM
I am about to give a quote to edge beds toss down some weed killer and spread 9 yards of mulch. Should i charge by the hour or by the yard to spread the mulch? If im charging by the Yard what would be a good ballpark price to spread it per yard??
Thanks.

LB1234
03-17-2009, 10:02 PM
enough to cover your time spent on the job and then some. Wish I could provide more info but have no idea where your spreading, how your spreading, etc.

STIHL GUY
03-17-2009, 10:22 PM
thank you for the advise. I am working in Connecticut and will be spreading with a wheelbarrow and rake. i hope that information helps a bit

White Gardens
03-18-2009, 01:08 AM
I charge anywhere from 80 to 120 a yard depending on how much labor and prep work is involved.

That is using good quality hardwood mulch that I get for 35 dollars a yard.

Think Green
03-18-2009, 09:52 PM
In our area, it is cheaper to buy mulch in bulk. Then you have to drive and purchase the material. How far do you have to drive? Figure that cost! Figure in your delivery fee!
Estimate mow much time to spread the mulch! Since we don't know how far you have to haul or carry the mulch by wheelbarrow, it is assumptuous to tell!
Figure you bed edging by the linear foot. Figure your chems by the square foot, 100 sqft or 1000's. The label will demand it!
I don't know the measurements---lengths of anythings, so this is up to your hourly rate and all other expenses figured into the day it will take you to do this job.
Don't forget the tax's if they apply to your state..........on the products!

ooo
03-18-2009, 09:56 PM
I charge about $40 a yard to spread (doesn't include price of mulch). If there are areas really hard to get to, i charge extra. Price doesn't include cleanup, edging, or anything else.

ExtExc
03-19-2009, 12:01 AM
just for S n Gs, cleanup, delivery, re-edge, lay mulch $100 a yard. $900 for 9 yards.

SNAPPER MAN
03-19-2009, 12:06 AM
For mulch I generally charge $70 a yard installed. This included buying the mulch, edging the beds, and installing it.

Jersey Shore Landscaping
03-19-2009, 08:49 AM
we charge 70 a yard and .80 a foot to recut the beds

Mowbizz
03-19-2009, 01:05 PM
$40/hour to lay it down...if customer buys the mulch. If customer wants me to bring the mulch, it's the going rate of whatever the mulch is going for, plus a flat $30 delivery fee within a reasonable radius. Then $40/hour to spread it. Any other services (edging, etc., are extra$$)
Everyone's method differs a little bit...do what makes you happy and makes you $$.

nemow
03-19-2009, 08:24 PM
$95 per yard (dark mulch ) cost of mulch, delivered, edged, spread, disposal the whole shabang. If its up hill or far from the truck I will adjust up. If they want mulch that is more expensive I will adjust up. 90% of my jobs are dark mulch last year it was $28 per yard.

Figure your costs.

punt66
03-19-2009, 08:32 PM
I am about to give a quote to edge beds toss down some weed killer and spread 9 yards of mulch. Should i charge by the hour or by the yard to spread the mulch? If im charging by the Yard what would be a good ballpark price to spread it per yard??
Thanks.
I dont normaly help the competition but...\
Were getting $70 per yard around here. Edging and weeding by your regular rate. Where are you getting your mulch?

scagdude
03-19-2009, 08:58 PM
It depends on the mulch but just regular hardwood mulch, which runs for $29/yd where i buy it, we charge $85/yd which includes us purchasing the mulch, delivery and installation. All bed edging/ weeding is extra. We will adjust that with our own judgment depending on how many hard to reach places there are or on a hill etc. Hope this helps.

SNAPPER MAN
03-20-2009, 12:20 AM
I don't see how you guys are getting $80-90 a yard?!? That is insanely high. If I told any of my customers that they would find someone else to do it. People think I am high and I charge $65-70 a yard.

merrimacmill
03-20-2009, 11:09 AM
We're in different parts of the country. You can't even think about buying a mobile home in a trailer park for under 125K here.... So at that rate, 90 a yard for mulch isn't that bad.

GreenmanCT
03-20-2009, 11:16 AM
I dont normaly help the competition but...\
Were getting $70 per yard around here. Edging and weeding by your regular rate. Where are you getting your mulch?

I guess you learn something everyday here on lawnsite, i was simply doubling the price of the mulch, I go use GreenCycle. Who do you use?

punt66
03-20-2009, 02:01 PM
I guess you learn something everyday here on lawnsite, i was simply doubling the price of the mulch, I go use GreenCycle. Who do you use?

I use either TJ bark mulch at $19yd or Flemig Farm in Simsbury at $18yd. I have not tried greencycle. How is their mulch and pricing? Do they have black? I think there is one in Farmington. I Kow there more expensive. Everybody around here is favoring pine bark.

So if your getting mulch at $20 yd you only charge 40 to deliver and spread? Doesnt sound profitable that way. I knew some one around here that did that as well. Your leaving alot of money on the table. Even if your paying $30yd your still only doing 30yd to spread.

GreenmanCT
03-20-2009, 04:20 PM
I use either TJ bark mulch at $19yd or Flemig Farm in Simsbury at $18yd. I have not tried greencycle. How is their mulch and pricing? Do they have black? I think there is one in Farmington. I Kow there more expensive. Everybody around here is favoring pine bark.

So if your getting mulch at $20 yd you only charge 40 to deliver and spread? Doesnt sound profitable that way. I knew some one around here that did that as well. Your leaving alot of money on the table. Even if your paying $30yd your still only doing 30yd to spread.


Yeah, well luckily the jobs i sold these on, im able to profit from the aer/seed and clean up i sold them as well. Ill def take ur advice in the future, heres the greencycle price sheet.

http://www.greencycle.net/PDFS/Ellington.pdf

punt66
03-20-2009, 06:47 PM
Yeah, well luckily the jobs i sold these on, im able to profit from the aer/seed and clean up i sold them as well. Ill def take ur advice in the future, heres the greencycle price sheet.

http://www.greencycle.net/PDFS/Ellington.pdf

OK, thanks for that. have you used their black mulch? Yea i have no problem selling at $70 yd. I went up to 75 mid season last year. You shouldnt have any trouble with $70yd. You have to figure in your delivery and labor charges. Mulch companies charge for delivery.

scagdude
03-21-2009, 04:46 PM
sorry i put the wrong price. we charge $75/yd but with weeding and everything it is $85/ yd

STIHL GUY
03-21-2009, 08:30 PM
The place in Farmington is right past Farmington Valley Equipment and last year i paid $28 a yard i believe

Woody82986
03-21-2009, 09:23 PM
I don't see how you guys are getting $80-90 a yard?!? That is insanely high. If I told any of my customers that they would find someone else to do it. People think I am high and I charge $65-70 a yard.

Don't worry... It's just different parts of the country and different mulches. I'd say you are almost in line with Texas pricing. Here in the DFW area I see prices from $65 to $85 per yard. I'm at $67.50/yd or $7.50 per 3cu.ft. bag right now for regular old hardwood but I get over $105/yd for black dyed mulch.

scagmower
03-21-2009, 10:52 PM
70 dollars yard

KGR landscapeing
03-21-2009, 10:56 PM
70 dollars yard

i have workd for guys spreading it 50 a yrd to a 100 a yrd. I spread at 100 a yrd includes edges thou

scagmower
03-22-2009, 06:04 PM
i have workd for guys spreading it 50 a yrd to a 100 a yrd. I spread at 100 a yrd includes edges thou

yeah on average we can spread 18 yrds of mulch per day, includes edging too, do the math, i get my mulch for 20 dollars a yrd, 20x18=360+30 gas, + labor 3 guys at 10 dollars an hr 8 hr day, = 630.00 expenses. total profit 630.00 dollars not bad for one day x that by 5 =$$$3150.00 in one wk.:)

KGR landscapeing
03-22-2009, 07:12 PM
The advantage to mulch is that just about any dummy can do it. Its all the other prep work that takes time. Gotta trim everything befor you lay anything nobody wants to try and clean clippings off of fresh mulch. 2yrd per guy per hour for the first 2 hrs after that they slow down alittle

jblawns123
03-22-2009, 09:59 PM
I figure on a man hour per yard spread, plus price of mulch times 30% to cover delivery. Edging, cleaning out and weeding extra. $.50 a foot to recut edge and pickup.

LB1234
03-23-2009, 12:30 AM
The advantage to mulch is that just about any dummy can do it.


Problem is I see the "dummy" part all the time. Whether it be mulch volcanos or mulch above the siding of the house or so thick against a plant it causes root rot.

mowerman41
03-23-2009, 01:47 AM
I am in CT and I get about $80 a yard installed plus delievery....edging extra

ooo
03-27-2009, 07:07 PM
yeah on average we can spread 18 yrds of mulch per day, includes edging too, do the math, i get my mulch for 20 dollars a yrd, 20x18=360+30 gas, + labor 3 guys at 10 dollars an hr 8 hr day, = 630.00 expenses. total profit 630.00 dollars not bad for one day x that by 5 =$$$3150.00 in one wk.:)

$390 for mulch edging and gas, but labor only costs you $240 for 3 guys? I know 3x10x8=$240, but there are other costs associated with the labor.

All Season Bill
03-27-2009, 10:39 PM
My old employer told me to charge 3 hours labor for each yard. Sounded kind of high to me but they pay it. So 9 yards x 3 hours = 27 man hours x (your rate).
My price would be $1026..plus the price of mulch of course (and don't forget delivery!)

merrimacmill
03-28-2009, 01:49 AM
My old employer told me to charge 3 hours labor for each yard. Sounded kind of high to me but they pay it. So 9 yards x 3 hours = 27 man hours x (your rate).
My price would be $1026..plus the price of mulch of course (and don't forget delivery!)

Thats insane. Do you do this now? Does it work? If so, good for you! But I don't think I could ever get that to work. Not to mention it doens't take us nearly that amount of time to spread one yard of mulch. 10-20 minutes tops per yard, thats with standard access to the beds of course.

LB1234
03-28-2009, 03:18 PM
My old employer told me to charge 3 hours labor for each yard. Sounded kind of high to me but they pay it. So 9 yards x 3 hours = 27 man hours x (your rate).
My price would be $1026..plus the price of mulch of course (and don't forget delivery!)

:rolleyes:

All Season Bill
03-29-2009, 03:51 PM
That's not to just spread mulch! That includes, the weed pulling, the PreM, the edging and trimming small bushes and hauling it in.
You can figure everything separately if you want: so much for every linear foot of edging, so much for pulling weeds, etc. I realize that it doesn't take 3 hours to spread a yard of much! It's just an equation someone came up with after working in the industry for a while.
I've got ball park figures in my head too when I first see a project, I think we all do.

bradp615
04-20-2009, 05:23 PM
i need to give a quote to a homeowner for how much it will cost to spread 25 yards of mulch and they are supplying the mulch. how much would you guys charge so then i can formulate a quote to give them

punt66
04-20-2009, 05:58 PM
i need to give a quote to a homeowner for how much it will cost to spread 25 yards of mulch and they are supplying the mulch. how much would you guys charge so then i can formulate a quote to give them

I charge $75yd delivered and spread. So take the price of the mulch and subtract it from $75 and there you go.

$75 - $18 = $57yd to spread 57 x 25 = $1425

eastportstar
04-20-2009, 07:02 PM
That customer is expecting you to say $300. I know the type. They think they can get 2 migrant workers for $100 each and get it done. Make sure you spell out what 's gonna happen, trim shrubs, haul away, clean up edges .figure you and a helper at $80/ hour for 8 hours +dump fee of like $60 bucks . $700 . decent days pay for just labor.

KGR landscapeing
04-20-2009, 07:08 PM
That customer is expecting you to say $300. I know the type. They think they can get 2 migrant workers for $100 each and get it done. Make sure you spell out what 's gonna happen, trim shrubs, haul away, clean up edges .figure you and a helper at $80/ hour for 8 hours +dump fee of like $60 bucks . $700 . decent days pay for just labor.

one guy isnt gonna move 25 yards in one day

eastportstar
04-20-2009, 07:14 PM
2 people can move 25 yards in 1 day (you and a helper). just spreading and some trimming.

punt66
04-20-2009, 07:15 PM
2 people can move 25 yards in 1 day (you and a helper). just spreading and some trimming.

Thats a long day.

deerewashed
04-20-2009, 07:26 PM
thank you for the advise. I am working in Connecticut and will be spreading with a wheelbarrow and rake. i hope that information helps a bit

if you need any help pm me and my crew will come and help you out.

eastportstar
04-20-2009, 07:31 PM
2 might be a little ambitious. 3 or 4 would be what i'd show up with.

deerewashed
04-20-2009, 07:33 PM
i charged 90 to spread 5 yards by myself because the rest of my 3 man crew was on va-k and my other crew was at another job doing a full cleanup

punt66
04-20-2009, 07:36 PM
i charged 90 to spread 5 yards by myself because the rest of my 3 man crew was on va-k and my other crew was at another job doing a full cleanup
$90 for 5 yds???? how long did that take you?

deerewashed
04-20-2009, 11:13 PM
$90 for 5 yds???? how long did that take you? ya 5 yards took 1 full 10hr day at my usual rate of 9/hr

merrimacmill
04-20-2009, 11:31 PM
2 people can move 25 yards in 1 day (you and a helper). just spreading and some trimming.

Ya, that would be a very full day. I had 3 guys on a site a couple weeks ago, did the clean-up of 5500 square feet of beds, spread 25 yards of mulch, and cleaned up in right around 7 hours. Not to bad I'd say. But if your only spreading and there is no edging, or clean-out, I'm sure you could do it in 1 day with 2 guys really moving.

punt66
04-21-2009, 06:25 AM
ya 5 yards took 1 full 10hr day at my usual rate of 9/hr

why are you only working for $9hr?

Ramairfreak98ss
04-21-2009, 10:14 AM
yeah lots of guys are in the range in the us of $30-50 yrd for labor and $20-40yrd for mulch..

with that said, $90 a yard is high unless your coming in to do 1 yard

if your paying $30 a yard for your bulk mulch of 9 yards, then $630 is probably a good price, if you cant make money at that, buy cheaper mulch or charge more. That should be a round about price though.

Weve mulched for $50 a yard, not often though, and mostly $60~ yrd, sometimes $70 a yard depending on conditions. If weeding and preemergent is involved, a little more.

deerewashed
04-21-2009, 09:08 PM
why are you only working for $9hr?


im 13 and make like a good 300 a week which is alot compared to rich kids in my town who have ther parents buy everything for them, and that is all i need for a new gun, ammo, scopes, lawn equipment, video games and other kid stuff.

punt66
04-22-2009, 12:29 AM
im 13 and make like a good 300 a week which is alot compared to rich kids in my town who have ther parents buy everything for them, and that is all i need for a new gun, ammo, scopes, lawn equipment, video games and other kid stuff.

oohh, makes sense. I didnt realize your 13. Keep working hard.

bradp615
04-22-2009, 02:50 PM
im 15 and one of my clients wants to have 20-30 yards of mulch spread at his house, but is thinking of calling in a pro company. I need to give him a good $$/yard of mulch quote, what would be a good amount to tell him i would charge per yard?? i am having 3 of my friends help me at 9/hr and the job will probly take 6-8 hrs

punt66
04-22-2009, 03:04 PM
im 15 and one of my clients wants to have 20-30 yards of mulch spread at his house, but is thinking of calling in a pro company. I need to give him a good $$/yard of mulch quote, what would be a good amount to tell him i would charge per yard?? i am having 3 of my friends help me at 9/hr and the job will probly take 6-8 hrs


you need to break it down. It will cost you $27hr for your friends. 27x8(hrs)=$216. The mulch will cost you about $780 delivered for 30 yds. So now your up to $1000 in expenses already. Now how much do you want to make on the job?


If it was my job i would charge $70yd delivered and installed if its flat and accessable. My normal rate is 75yd but i discount larger quantities. So if it was my job the bill would be:

$2100 + 6% tax = $2126 total.

Hope that helps. If the terrain is difficult then the price can increase dramatically. I also get mulch for $18yd so my cost would be less for the mulch. Around $500

bradp615
04-22-2009, 03:38 PM
thanks for the responce, but the guy is buying his own mulch and me and the guys i hired just have to wheelbarrel the mulch to the beds and spread it around.
For one bed, the mulch would have to be brought up a 60 degree hill and about 200 ft from the mulch pile.
the 2 major beds are on the 45 degree hills, one is about 50 ft away fomr mulch pile
The other major bed is about 20 ft away from the mulch pile but the bed itself is sloped at a 60 degree incline.
how would this affect the pricing??? thanks alot for your help

KGR landscapeing
04-22-2009, 03:58 PM
Thats assuming you have enough wheel burrows and shovels and rakes to move it

bradp615
04-22-2009, 04:01 PM
Thats assuming you have enough wheel burrows and shovels and rakes to move it


i have 2-3 wheelbarrels and as many shovels and rakes as i need, how much would you gus charge per yard because of the hilly terrain and beds?

bradp615
04-22-2009, 04:29 PM
you need to break it down. It will cost you $27hr for your friends. 27x8(hrs)=$216. The mulch will cost you about $780 delivered for 30 yds. So now your up to $1000 in expenses already. Now how much do you want to make on the job?


If it was my job i would charge $70yd delivered and installed if its flat and accessable. My normal rate is 75yd but i discount larger quantities. So if it was my job the bill would be:

$2100 + 6% tax = $2126 total.

Hope that helps. If the terrain is difficult then the price can increase dramatically. I also get mulch for $18yd so my cost would be less for the mulch. Around $500

The guy is buying his own mulch, and there are 3 main mulch beds.
For one bed, the mulch would have to be brought up a 60 degree hill and about 200 ft from the mulch pile.
The other 2 major beds are on a 45 degree hills, and one bed is about 50 ft away from the mulch pile
The other major bed is about 20 ft away from the mulch pile but the bed itself is sloped at a 60 degree incline.
How would this affect the pricing $/yard??

GreenAcresLandscaping
04-22-2009, 04:45 PM
I am 17 and started when i was 15. From my experiences i can tell you that having friends help you can be risky. Be sure to have someone help you that you KNOW will work hard. And remember that when you are on the job YOU are the boss!

I usually charge $60-65 per yard includung the mulch when most companies around me charge 70-80. With the hills you are talking about i would charge him 40-45 a yard and he is paying for the mulch.

bradp615
04-22-2009, 05:13 PM
thanks for the advice but this guy is thinking of going with a pro company instead of me, how could i help convince him that im a better choice??
my much lower price will probably do the job but what if he still thinks its to much work for 4 fifteen year olds??
i know that me and the guys i will hire will work as hard if not harder than a pro company but we just dont have as much equiptment like mulch blowers and stuff like that.

GreenAcresLandscaping
04-22-2009, 05:54 PM
You don't need a blower or any fancy equipment. I didn't when i first started. I used a cheap broom and pitch forks older than my dad. That is what is going to keep your price down!

If you have done other mulching jobs in the past than give him the phone numbers of the people. He is probably going to call a pro anyway. Let him do that and find out how much mulch they would use. Let the Pro give him a price than give him yours and it will be 2/3 of the Pro's. Besides mulching is an easy job and can't really be screwed up.

bradp615
04-22-2009, 06:04 PM
i have already done work for this guy in the past, so he knows how hard of a worker i am.

Is 50 a yard a competitive price against a pros price?? from what i have heard, most pros charge 70 or 80 a yard
if i charge 50 a yard and he still wants to go with a pro, then i could always offer him 40 a yard, because doing the job for a low price is better than no job at all :)

bradp615
04-22-2009, 07:28 PM
anyone????!??

punt66
04-22-2009, 08:23 PM
i have already done work for this guy in the past, so he knows how hard of a worker i am.

Is 50 a yard a competitive price against a pros price?? from what i have heard, most pros charge 70 or 80 a yard
if i charge 50 a yard and he still wants to go with a pro, then i could always offer him 40 a yard, because doing the job for a low price is better than no job at all :)

That 70 a yrd includes the price of mulch. So no he wont hire you to spread at 50 a yrd. Maybe 25 a yd. That will give you and your buddies $750. You can even go as low as 15 a yd. After paying your buddies you will have 200 and change for yourself for a full days work. Not bad for a kid. But this is your job. You need to figure these things out for yourself.

bradp615
04-22-2009, 11:15 PM
That 70 a yrd includes the price of mulch. So no he wont hire you to spread at 50 a yrd. Maybe 25 a yd. That will give you and your buddies $750. You can even go as low as 15 a yd. After paying your buddies you will have 200 and change for yourself for a full days work. Not bad for a kid. But this is your job. You need to figure these things out for yourself.

im just trying to get some advice from you guys so i dont give him a skyhigh estimate then he'll neve want to hire me again. i just need some help getting started and i might do 40 a yard because of all the hills on his lawn and the hilly beds, the lawn is practically a huge hill!!

bradp615
04-23-2009, 04:20 PM
That 70 a yrd includes the price of mulch. So no he wont hire you to spread at 50 a yrd. Maybe 25 a yd. That will give you and your buddies $750. You can even go as low as 15 a yd. After paying your buddies you will have 200 and change for yourself for a full days work. Not bad for a kid. But this is your job. You need to figure these things out for yourself.

also, just because i am 15 almost 16 doesnt mean i cant charge or make alot of money or that i cant handle big jobs.
I should be charging this guy 50 a yard because or his hilly, sloped lawn and sloped beds because its a lot more work pushing a wheelbarrel up a hill than on flat ground.
i will quote him for 45/yard then say since your a good customer then ill do it for 40/yard??

bradp615
04-23-2009, 05:08 PM
i charged 90 to spread 5 yards by myself because the rest of my 3 man crew was on va-k and my other crew was at another job doing a full cleanup

i no your 13 and im 15 myself, but how many guys do you have in your crews, how old are the guys in your crews and how much do you pay them??

deerewashed
04-23-2009, 06:26 PM
i no your 13 and im 15 myself, but how many guys do you have in your crews, how old are the guys in your crews and how much do you pay them??


me an my partener both work for 9 an hour, all our 3 guys get charged to the customer the same but we pay them 7 because we do not want to be 2 unfair

bradp615
04-23-2009, 07:12 PM
me an my partener both work for 9 an hour, all our 3 guys get charged to the customer the same but we pay them 7 because we do not want to be 2 unfair


yea but how olds ur partner and the 3 guys who work for u??

deerewashed
04-23-2009, 07:31 PM
yea but how olds ur partner and the 3 guys who work for u??

soory forgot that they are 13 and 14 about the same as me and we get about 4 cleanups or mulchings a week if week keep our 1 flyer buaay at the market.:weightlifter:

glaciator
04-23-2009, 07:46 PM
I charge $100/yd delivered and installed. That's quality Western Red Cedar or Washington Cedar mulch. My cost...$42/yd. It goes up a little if I have to move it really far (200+ feet). It also goes up if it is a really small job...like 2 or 3 yards, since I have to go get it anyway (i.e. the transportation costs do not change).

bradp615
04-23-2009, 07:52 PM
soory forgot that they are 13 and 14 about the same as me and we get about 4 cleanups or mulchings a week if week keep our 1 flyer buaay at the market.:weightlifter:

what do you do for cleanups?? and how whats the biggest mulchiing job youve done?

deerewashed
04-23-2009, 08:37 PM
what do you do for cleanups?? and how whats the biggest mulchiing job youve done?

as far as cleanups go it is a dethatching if wanted, debris removal, weeding, hedge trimming, edgeing, and any other odd job wanted to be done you name we most likely can do it. the biggest mulching job was 15 yards of sweat peat. we put a man crew on that.

bradp615
04-24-2009, 09:28 AM
I charge $100/yd delivered and installed. That's quality Western Red Cedar or Washington Cedar mulch. My cost...$42/yd. It goes up a little if I have to move it really far (200+ feet). It also goes up if it is a really small job...like 2 or 3 yards, since I have to go get it anyway (i.e. the transportation costs do not change).

i have to spread 20-30 yards of mulch by wheelbarrel to 4 different main beds (and some small beds and around trees) all about 20-250 ft away from the main pile and the lawn is a large sloping hill with a 60 slope and some of the beds are sloped themselves! I would imagine the cost would go up if you have to bring a wheelbarrel full of mulch 200ft up a 60 degree hill!!
How would this affect the price? And if the homeowner is supplying the mulch, what do you think a reasonable quote would be to give to him to have him chose me over a pro company

Ducati996
04-28-2009, 08:06 PM
im 13 and make like a good 300 a week which is alot compared to rich kids in my town who have ther parents buy everything for them, and that is all i need for a new gun, ammo, scopes, lawn equipment, video games and other kid stuff.

LOL I remember I was 13 and then girls changed it all for me - out went the kid stuff :) enjoy it :)