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11-26-2010, 12:11 AM
When spreading mulch, what is a good rate to go by if charging by the sq yard? I don't need to include getting the mulch in this rate, just taking it from a pile to the beds a spreading it.

11-26-2010, 08:52 AM
We mostly double the cost the homeowner would pay (up to 10yds)say they would pay 45. We would pay 35 and charge 90. More than 10 yds. Say 20yds go down to 80. 30 yds 75. 50 yds 70. If u have a loader and the man power u can make great $ we did 100 yds at one of our estates this year for 65 per yd 3500$ in 6 hrs with cleanup. Me and 3 guys loader. 1700 for mulch delivered 300 labor after all said and done 1500 profit,minus fuel wear & tear ect.. Good day. Picked up a few small mulch jobs too!BIG STEVE B CT STRENGTH WSL
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11-26-2010, 11:54 AM
So your price includes the mulch? Is that what you mean by what the homeowner would pay, if he paid for the mulch?

11-26-2010, 12:26 PM
Sorry guys, I mean cu. yds

11-26-2010, 12:38 PM
Don't know what it is in your area, but we usually get 50-60 per yard to install. This is NOT including the price of the mulch.

11-26-2010, 12:46 PM
I'm trying to break down my rate to apply to the way you want it to break down but my math is fuzzy today. I pay $32 per yard for hardwood and charge $72-$80 per yard bought, delivered and installed. So if all i had to do was install it I would take away $32 per yard and another $5-$8 for the hassle of picking it up and delivery so I would guess I would charge somewhere between $32 and $40 per cubic yard to install only. Most likely $35 per yard since it would be infinitely easier than having to pick it up and deliver it myself. I hope that helps.

11-26-2010, 02:53 PM
$100.00 per yard installed. Subtract your cost of the mulch from that number to get the number you are looking for.

11-26-2010, 04:50 PM
Awesome thanks guys! These were the kind of responses I was hoping for. This helps a lot.:waving:

11-26-2010, 05:12 PM
I charge the the price that the mulch yard would charge to deliver and ad my labor rate per hr to the price and keep it separate.
so it work like this
the mulch co charges 27 a yard for hardwood mulch i see what they would charge to deliver lets say there around 125 for 3 yards thats what I charge the customer then I add my labor rate which is 45 and hr from the time I pull up to the job till done.

11-26-2010, 07:31 PM
So your price includes the mulch? Is that what you mean by what the homeowner would pay, if he paid for the mulch?
When its in tight quarters and lots of bushes add like 15-25 per yd too
Yes that's what I meant.Good luck. BIG STEVE B C STRENGTH WSL
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12-08-2010, 01:49 PM
Here in Charleston, mulch suppliers are very competitive. :clapping: I pay $21 for hardwoord, $22 for pine, and $24 for brown, red, and cypress. I typically charge between $30 and $50/yrd installed, plus materials. If we are going to have to rip out old straw, or mulch, or like 'WorldsStrongestLandscaper' said if its tight, or a lot of little annuals and such, I'll add on another $10-$25/yrd.

We can expect to average around 4 yards/hour with a crew of 3, or around 20-25/day

I have recently picked up a few new mulch clients this month, which is awesome, but I have lost 3 too low-ballers.....:wall

12-08-2010, 06:50 PM
Alright cool. What kind of equipment are you using to get 4yd an hr if you don't mind me asking?

12-08-2010, 07:08 PM
I know most of you guys buy it by the scoop but I always buy bags I just find them easier to move around if I have a long way to go and I always charge 2x the price of the mulch installed for example last week I put down 110 bags at one of my accts the mulch was 2.99 a bag I bought it by the pallet and got it a little cheaper and charged the homeowner 3.30 a bag so when it was done the total was 726.00 breaks down 363 for mulch and 363 for labor this is how I charge all my mulch jobs also the job took me about 3 hours by myself from start to finish and I hauled the mulch on my trailer. Another point is if you charge this way and the mulch is more expensive by the bag you make more in labor.

12-08-2010, 07:09 PM
We charge anywhere from $60 (double ground) up to $100 (cedar) per yard installed....edging & bed prep are extra.

The best system for us is three employees, two wheelbarrels, and our dingo. One guy is positioned to receive and tell the other two were to dump the mulch and he spreads it. One guys job is to just run the wheelbarrels back and forth between the pile/trailer and the guy spreading the mulch. The other guy is on the dingo loading the barrels AND driving up to easy access points and dumping mulch into piles. Depending on the scenario we can easily get a yard of mulch spead in less than 10 minutes.