View Full Version : Price per yard of Mulch

09-01-2010, 09:28 PM
On average how much do companies charge for one cubic yard? What about 5 cubic yards. What my company charges is $95 per yard which includes edging, weeding, preening, and the mulch. Delivery charge included. Just wondering what other companies charge?

09-02-2010, 01:11 PM
I charge $50, but probably will be going up next year. I did it this past year just to get my name out there a little more. Low bid the flower beds to pick up the recurring lawns. Of course, prices are going to be different based on the area, supply and all sorts of other stuff. If you make money off of it, I'm pretty sure that's all that matters.

09-14-2010, 04:03 PM
Don't be a lowballer !!

Puddle of Oil
09-14-2010, 04:42 PM
55 a yard, if i have to prep the bed its a little more!

09-14-2010, 04:53 PM
I don't tell anyone but my clients what I charge so I'm only posting to get my post count up! :D

I think 95 is a good price, little more than I charge but it's good
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B Gillespie
09-15-2010, 11:14 AM
$55 per yard for maintained beds, $75-100/yd. or more for heavily landscaped or overgrown beds.
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cut level
09-15-2010, 11:41 AM
50 to 60 bucks per yard depending on the difficulty of getting it to the beds.

this is no bed prep just placement

09-15-2010, 11:44 AM

3x the cost of the mulch. plus delivery plus edging, plus weeding

09-15-2010, 04:56 PM
$75/yd for dump and spread, $85 for hand spreading in flower beds. Edging or any other prep is extra.

09-15-2010, 05:41 PM
I dont give a flat price per yard or I would never make any money because people around here will do it for $40-60 a yard. I use to tell people $100 per yard but now I cant cant sell it that way so what I do is tell them I only charge $55 per yard to install the mulch but I charge $35 per man hour to edge and weed the beds, so in the end I will average anywhere from $90-$120 per yard.

White Gardens
09-15-2010, 06:54 PM
$80 to $120.

I only use high end Hardwood Bark mulch too.

09-18-2010, 01:20 AM
Assuming no extraordinary prep work is needed, we charge $75 per yard plus $1 per linear foot for edging.

09-20-2010, 09:15 AM
I charge $60 a yard then $35 to pull weeds. I estimate it shouldn't take longer then an hour to pull weeds.
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09-20-2010, 09:27 AM
$85/yd edging, weeding etc is extra

10-01-2010, 10:42 PM
$100 per yard includes edging bed prep and of course mulch just make it look mint no lumps no clumps and swipe under your shrubs and dont forgert to tamp your edges. You might want to adda little extra for cut outs, island bed egdes never seem to end.

10-02-2010, 12:37 AM
I give them the price of the mulch but not the discount I get though. Then I give them a separate price for shipping which includes labor, time, and gas (Makes it look like a bigger deal for us.) I then factor in the time it will take to do and if there are any inclines I charge more or if it's a hassle. I try to squeeze in edging, weed removal, pre emergents, and to trim the bushes.

I tell the customer "since" your there why not trim the bushes so it looks even better! I tell them what is the point of mulching then trimming a few months down the road because it will just ruin the beautiful mulch that you spent so much money on.

10-04-2010, 01:33 PM
I charge $100pr yrd. That includes light bed clean-up and edging, I'll even take the debris away too since it all gets dumped where I buy the mulch. I don't come right out and reveal that price to the customer unless they ask. It seems to be a rate that works out nicely for me after the beds are measured out.

10-04-2010, 02:53 PM
Just out of curiosity do most of you charge per yard no matter what? Or have you figured in a hourly rate and it comes to that price. I'm not saying anyone is wrong but this pricing seems all over the place in terms of "light weeding/edging", "light prep", "spreading in flat areas or flower beds".

Isn't it a common business practice to know your hourly rate + materials (marked up) + profit = job total? What if the beds are all over the place or just around the house. You may do well around the house but the extra mulch moving for farther away areas takes time a beats you up which can slow you down. Or do people just add in random numbers for edging/weeding/prep?

For example if you charged $100/yd and installed 3 yards around the foundation beds of house that took 1.5 hrs or all over in different beds that took 3.5hrs you are at either $200/hr or $85/hr(including mulch)? This doesnt make sense to me? Doesn't your business have to make a certain amount/hr to cover expenses?

Again not saying anyone is wrong just curious.

10-04-2010, 07:23 PM
We charge 60-65 plus any weeding is billed at hrly. rate of 105.00 per hr...3 man crew.

10-04-2010, 08:55 PM
We charge retail for the mulch 40-50 per yard to install and then 50 per man hr for any weeding, edging anything besides just spreading mulch if there are hills or long delivery or any other things that cause slow downs rates go up

10-10-2010, 07:17 PM
i charge $75 per yard installed, edging is extra. and i only use black dyed mulch

10-10-2010, 08:32 PM
I charge $100 a yard and that includes basic clean up, machine edged (blue bird bed edger), and mulch installation and smoothed by hand/pitch fork. I usually spray Round Up Pro a week before we start the job. Any job requiring more then 10 yards I will take 10% off, this always makes a customer happy when they get am invoice.

10-10-2010, 09:34 PM
I charge $85 and anything over 8yds I will go $75. If there are a lot of weeds I typically just pick the big stuff and weedeat and roundup the little stuff.
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10-13-2010, 04:14 PM
I dont want to get off topic..but..what do you charge per Bag if the customer wont use bulk mulch?

10-13-2010, 10:03 PM
Bags are a waste of money if you need more than three. Around my town (Cincinnati) I can buy a yard of black dyed mulch for $35 while each bag is $3.49. There are about 13.5 bags in a yard. Do the math. 13.5 times $3.49 is $47 and after tax thats almost $50. You will save so much money by buying your mulch in yards. Plus when you buy in bulk they usually give you a little more. I have a had yards that seem like they are easily 20 bags.

This is just what I have discovered.

10-14-2010, 12:03 AM
I'm with you Kaegi, bags seem like such a waste. I have never had a customer request bags but I would be somewhere around $120 every 13-14 bags if that is the equivelent to one yard. I would possible charge more because I would be limited to pallets, whereas my dump trailer could hold safely 10-11 yards of bulk dyed mulch. I dont know how many bags would be on a pallet.

10-14-2010, 09:44 AM
I understand that buying bulk mulch is for one thing: less expensive..2: easier to transport-no forklifts, less labor intensive moving each bag(3cu. ft.) at a time(9 bags per cu. yard) etc. Also I have just 1 property that will take 1700 bags...thats 3 tractor trailer loads of the product..the existing beds are mulched with the bagged product so the customer must be willing to pay for it..I'm just at a loss as to what to charge as just my cost of the one property @3.50 a bag will be $6000 after taxes & freight..I'm thinking along the lines of 3x the bag price or even 4x installed with all the moving around of the product??

10-14-2010, 10:28 AM
Hey!! Problem solved...I found the supplier with the product before its bagged and they will deliver in 90-100 yard loads...thanks for the input!