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phil413
02-27-2012, 06:20 PM
So I need 12 cubic yards of mulch or 115 bags. I have 3 guys at 45 per man hour. I can get mulch at $24 per yard. I have 350ft of edging to do, and prune 15 bushes.

My estimate...
$135 per hour for 6 hours=$810

$288 for mulch

$145 for bed shaper for the day

Total $1243

What are your thoughts?

White Gardens
02-27-2012, 06:22 PM
Sounds right on the money. What kind of mulch are you using, seems cheap for bagged material.

EDIT- Might want to beef it up a shade for all the edging.

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NC Greenscaper
02-27-2012, 06:27 PM
Sounds pretty good. How are you moving the mulch? From a dump truck with wheel barrows, loader or what? How will it be delivered to the site? 3 guys can spread 12 cubes as long as it all there and your not running back and forth with p/u trucks loads and walking a long distance with the wheel barrows.

phil413
02-27-2012, 06:31 PM
Well thats the thing, i don't know what method I am going to use to move the mulch. If it's bags, we may carry them or wheel barrow them. If it's bulk I may have to rent a dingo. I don't want to back the truck up and risk tearing up the grass.

White Gardens
02-27-2012, 06:42 PM
Well thats the thing, i don't know what method I am going to use to move the mulch. If it's bags, we may carry them or wheel barrow them. If it's bulk I may have to rent a dingo. I don't want to back the truck up and risk tearing up the grass.

You are over-thinking it. I've done 20 yard mulch jobs in one day by myself in the right conditions with just a standard wheelbarrow.

Wheelbarrows are all you need. Easier to get it to where you need it and place it bagged or bulk. Besides, mulch is light.

Now, if you were talking about 12 yard rock job, then that's when I would start talking about equipment.

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KeystoneLawn&Landscaping
02-27-2012, 06:58 PM
Have the mulch deliverd bulk. Use 10 cuft wheel borrows and bedding forks. 3 guys can do 12 yards in 2.5 to 3.5 hours.

LawnMan19
02-28-2012, 01:10 AM
Have the mulch deliverd bulk. Use 10 cuft wheel borrows and bedding forks. 3 guys can do 12 yards in 2.5 to 3.5 hours.

Yeah it is easier to load the wheel borrows at ground level then from a bed of a truck.

White Gardens
02-28-2012, 07:23 AM
Yeah it is easier to load the wheel borrows at ground level then from a bed of a truck.

I have to disagree.

Using scoop shovels, it much easier on the back and much faster from what I've found.

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POWER STROKE
02-29-2012, 09:08 PM
I have to disagree.

Using scoop shovels, it much easier on the back and much faster from what I've found.

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Agree with White Gardens.

All_American_lawn
02-29-2012, 11:07 PM
Wish I could get mulch that cheap. I just paid 505 including tax for 9 yards delivered for a project tomorrow. That was the cheapest I could find and the delivery fee was only 20 bucks.....

ohiogreenworks
03-01-2012, 03:27 PM
Yeah it is easier to load the wheel borrows at ground level then from a bed of a truck.

If you were talking about a pickup truck, then yes maybe it would be easier on the ground. But from a dump truck, it is much easier to push/scoop it off into the barrows. Happy mulching!

LawnMan19
03-01-2012, 03:56 PM
If you were talking about a pickup truck, then yes maybe it would be easier on the ground. But from a dump truck, it is much easier to push/scoop it off into the barrows. Happy mulching!

Yes, I should have been more specific.:)

adforester
03-03-2012, 08:39 PM
wow your charging $45 per man hour for spreading mulch!
I know the industry perhaps standard is $50 man hour but come around my neck of the woods to the richest towns in the state of Mass and i don't know of too many people charging that much. I have a few customers that I charge that amount but most I charge closer to $35-40 man hr.
People like my company but there's so much damn competition around here everyone eating eachother up!!!
For someone starting out its been really tough around my kneck of the woods.
I should come live where you get $45 man hour for just dirty work man i'd love that, even skilled pruners aren't making that where im from!

greydog4u2
03-04-2012, 10:14 PM
Have the mulch deliverd bulk. Use 10 cuft wheel borrows and bedding forks. 3 guys can do 12 yards in 2.5 to 3.5 hours.

this seems slow. My buddy and I did 6 yd last spring,in about 2.5 with a 6cu.ft home owner wheeler used our hands and leaf rakes. Also was 75-100ft wheeling one way.