View Full Version : Estimating a mulching job

03-22-2010, 05:33 PM
We are new to the business and have 4 to 5 mulching jobs to estimate. Most of the jobs are here in the Chicagoland area and are at homes valued between $300-500K. Can someone please help with how much labor we should charge for one of these jobs:

Garden size: 355 sq ft

Thickness: 2 inches

We calculated 2.2 cubic yards or 60 cubic feet. Just need some help with labor charges. Thanks

03-22-2010, 05:55 PM
i charge 100 a yard

03-22-2010, 05:56 PM
Sorry forgot to mention that we are getting mulch for $43 per yard.

Glenn Lawn Care
03-22-2010, 06:20 PM
Sorry forgot to mention that we are getting mulch for $43 per yard.

$43 dollars a yard. is that your price or retail price. retail price for mulch here (mn) is $24.99 a yard. i charge $65 a yard installed but if you only need 2.2 yarsd i would charge $100 a yard.

03-23-2010, 01:02 AM
This season I've been getting $75 - $90 per yard (depending on the openess of beds & how far we need to haul it), but my cost for mulch is $25/yd. If I price $100 or higher, I get told thank you for the estimate, but we need to think about it.

RM Grading and Lawn care
03-23-2010, 01:12 AM
around here dark mulch is 14$ and color goes for 24$

Jamie James
03-25-2010, 08:29 PM
Up here in ontario canada. I charge $90.00 per yard. I get it for around 45 bucks,,,,,,, thats me driving there and laying it down.:canadaflag:

Rexdale Grass
04-04-2010, 02:10 AM
ive been trying to get this figured out 45 a yard is about right now depending on labor I start at 35 an hour but if I know how long the job will take 90 instaled per yard is good its like tiping yourself. Then again I can only get 1 yard in my trailer, I like to try and roll with the big boys.