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kylecal91
04-08-2010, 08:23 PM
Going to be giving an estimate on a mulch job. The guy wants 12 yds. of mulch, no more no less. Just wondering what you guys would charge to do 12 yds. I will be cleaning out beds and edging as well. (he wants a quote with and without edging...) Just curious to see your input.

stephen424
04-08-2010, 08:25 PM
charge him an arm and two legs (with edging)
arm and only one leg (w/o edging)

ajslands
04-08-2010, 08:27 PM
90$ pr yard , wait what kind of mulch
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stephen424
04-08-2010, 08:28 PM
seriously speaking...charge an hourly rate for cleaning out the beds and edging. so how ever long it'll take you to do both.
then charge your hourly rate for each yard of mulch. if your rate is $30/hour...charge $30x12

depending on if you know the guy or not...upcharge the mulch, maybe. since it's 12 yards, i'm sure you're having it delivered.

TMAC
04-09-2010, 01:15 AM
seriously speaking...charge an hourly rate for cleaning out the beds and edging. so how ever long it'll take you to do both.
then charge your hourly rate for each yard of mulch. if your rate is $30/hour...charge $30x12

depending on if you know the guy or not...upcharge the mulch, maybe. since it's 12 yards, i'm sure you're having it delivered.

am i bustin my azz? cause i charge average 35.00 per yard spread, sometimes 30.00 if the piles close to beds + flat property or 40.0 if its a large yard or up hills.or lots of plantings. with a wheelbarrow i average 2 yards per hour by myself upwards of 3 for the right property. so do the $30x12 but hustle and do it in 6 hours not 12 jmo not downing anyone whos slower paced http://www.lawnsite.com/images/icons/icon12.gif

By Us Company
04-09-2010, 07:17 AM
$90/ yard installed and $ .75 per linear foot of edging.

ajslands
04-09-2010, 07:32 AM
Whhoo I was right. ||. /\ that's a strange name for a company!


30$ per yard!??!?! What if the mulch costs 35$!
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stephen424
04-09-2010, 07:48 AM
no no no...
i'm just talking about the labor rate @ $30 per hour. not mulch + labor!!

if i know the person, i charge $30/hour for labor and $32/yard of mulch

so, total, $62/yard spread

kylecal91
04-09-2010, 03:52 PM
The price will be for 2 guys working, I don't know what kind of mulch he wants I think he had black so that's 29.00 per yd, I will be delivering the mulch myself I can get it all in 2 loads and the place is right down the street.

OUTLANDER
04-09-2010, 04:16 PM
dyed mulch for me is $60 yd installed, $50 yd otherwise.........$.50 linear ft. edging, and hourly for bed prep

bonzo1012
04-09-2010, 04:26 PM
Going to be giving an estimate on a mulch job. The guy wants 12 yds. of mulch, no more no less. Just wondering what you guys would charge to do 12 yds. I will be cleaning out beds and edging as well. (he wants a quote with and without edging...) Just curious to see your input.

I get $100/per yard installed and edging(givin if there is already an existing edge. If you need to put in a new edge charge more $50-$100 more. Make sure your mulch isn't clumpy or you wont get the job next year, use a steel tine rake to spread not a platic leaf rake. Oh yeah make sure the mulch is flat under and around shrubs and perrenials, not clumped around them. You put down a nice flat spread your sure to get a call back. Havent lost a customer yet. Oh yeah and make sure you tamp your edges with the rake as well not just around the grass edge but around foundations and fences too and when your done blow the eges off. Cleanliness is important.

ygim
04-09-2010, 07:59 PM
Do you take the old mulch out?

ajslands
04-09-2010, 08:41 PM
Sometimes, usually not
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ygim
04-09-2010, 08:42 PM
I didn't think so. But thanks...

By Us Company
04-09-2010, 08:53 PM
Depending on the height of the mulch and the location, you might need to remove some. We almost always at least remove some from away from the plants and trees if it has piled up over the years. We see it way to many times contractors keep putting mulch on top of mulch and eventually it will kill the plants or trees.

ygim
04-09-2010, 08:57 PM
ah ha i get that

By Us Company
04-09-2010, 09:01 PM
Its funny but true. Do you feel its never necessary to remove mulch?

ygim
04-09-2010, 09:06 PM
No I get it. I remove it from certain jobs that I do, not all of them. Some jobs have so little mulch down. So I just clean them up and put fresh mulch down.

bonzo1012
04-09-2010, 10:10 PM
Do you take the old mulch out?

If you only put down 2 - 2 1/2 inches of mulch each year you shouldn't have to take any out, is decomposes over time. New bed installations 3 inches.

kylecal91
04-09-2010, 10:33 PM
I get $100/per yard installed and edging(givin if there is already an existing edge. If you need to put in a new edge charge more $50-$100 more. Make sure your mulch isn't clumpy or you wont get the job next year, use a steel tine rake to spread not a platic leaf rake. Oh yeah make sure the mulch is flat under and around shrubs and perrenials, not clumped around them. You put down a nice flat spread your sure to get a call back. Havent lost a customer yet. Oh yeah and make sure you tamp your edges with the rake as well not just around the grass edge but around foundations and fences too and when your done blow the eges off. Cleanliness is important.

I don't use a rake, just a fork. I don't put mulch down as heavy as I used to. Found out it's more of a pain then putting it down lighter.

g21
04-10-2010, 09:32 AM
Kyle,
Establish a production ratio for how much mulch you can spread per hour. Once you have that and of course your manhour rate that you charge for your services, the rest is easy and you will never be guessing. Make sure you mark up the mulch as well. 15 or 20% should be fair.

bonzo1012
04-10-2010, 09:58 AM
I don't use a rake, just a fork. I don't put mulch down as heavy as I used to. Found out it's more of a pain then putting it down lighter.

Try using a steel rake not a curved head but a flat steele head I beleive Truper makes them. Hold the rake more upright not at and angle like you woould when raking gravel or leaves. See how that works for you.