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caseysmowing
03-14-2012, 02:59 PM
Just starting out and I need to know what I should be charging to do mulch and edging. I was thinking around 30 a hour but I really have no idea. Any help would be great.

Rozell431
03-14-2012, 04:30 PM
I know you are wanting pricing help but you are opening a can of worms on here with a bunch of people......you'll see. Most guys don't talk pricing. You develop your price based on time, equipment, insurance, etc. good luck man, I hope you do well.

hamiltonlawncare
03-14-2012, 04:34 PM
I know you are wanting pricing help but you are opening a can of worms on here with a bunch of people......you'll see. Most guys don't talk pricing. You develop your price based on time, equipment, insurance, etc. good luck man, I hope you do well.

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Like above states only you know how much you can charge to make $$ how much mulch, how you plan to move it how many helpers, you haul it or get it delivered too many variables to count

Glenn Lawn Care
03-14-2012, 05:57 PM
I charge $65 for a yard of mulch installed.

caseysmowing
03-15-2012, 08:49 AM
I try to give yall as much info as I can:
Solo oper
I'm picking up and hauling
lic and insur
about a 20 mile round trip
I make 20 and some change at my full time job so I was thinking I need to make aleast that all said and done. Just need to know if I'm lowballen or over charging. My work is very good and I don't leave any mess for customers to clean up.

caseysmowing
03-15-2012, 08:53 AM
Hamilton you are only a hour away.

grass-scapes
03-15-2012, 06:37 PM
Why would you want to price it just high enough to make a tad more than your regular job. Thats whats wrong with people pricing things based on hourly.

Factor in your mulch costs.....Add labor. You have to assume that you can spread at least a yard an hour. Don't forget the time to pick it up from the mulch yard, and fuel for delivery, etc.

Now.....If your mulch costs you 22 dollars a yard plus tax, as mine does, then you know your material cost based on how much you need.

Labor....1 yard an hour ( I can spread 2 an hour if I hustle). If you pay a helper 10 bucks and you want to make 20 bucks an hour....(remember that now there are two people so you can spread more per hour), you know your cost for labor

Now, if you and your helper can spread 3 yards in 2 hours, you have 22 a yard plus tax (70.46 for 3 yards based on MY tax rate here), plus 60 in labor.

NOT factoring in anything else except labor and material, you are looking at charging about 43.50 a yard for mulch. This didn't include your time getting it, or a delivery charge, or your cost for fuel to get it (depends on how you get it to the job site) IF you have it delivered, small jobs cost you more than big ones. (I can have UP TO 23 yards delivered in one trip at a cost of 55 bucks, but I can have 1 yard delivered for that same 55 bucks....see my point?)

Then you have to figure cost of the tools you need to spread. Do you need a trencher? 100 bucks for rental for a day. Shovel? Wheelbarrow? Rakes? Tarps? blower?
The money for those items has to come from somewhere. Thats where your markup goes. If you just bill based on a few factors, eventually, you won't make money. you might make a few bucks on the first job or two, but eventually you have to replace things.

That long rant being said, I charge about 60 bucks a yard delivered and installed. The cheap customers balk...the good ones are happy.

jhouchins
03-15-2012, 07:08 PM
I charge $55-$70 per yard of mulch installed. You have to factor in how much bed prep, how far you have to haul in wheelbarrows, and if it is open area or you are installing the mulch around a bunch of flowers which takes longer.

If you can work fast and have good work ethic I would stay away from hourly mulching.

MyYardPeople
03-15-2012, 09:41 PM
Usually around $70-$80 a yard installed plus delivery charge. Go with the yard/hour ratio just to be safe. Add extra for haul away. Edging driveways or sidewalks are usually included in my mow service but I think .10/ft would work. You won't make much off of that but it's a start

Daily Lawn/Landscape
03-15-2012, 11:27 PM
This is why we can't tell you how much to charge. My price ranges from $85-$105 avg. per yrd installed on hardwood. A lot of variables to consider. Location, transpotation, opperating cost, etc.
Good luck!

N.H.BOY
03-16-2012, 07:20 AM
Really a quick rule if your just starting out is charge double what the mulch cost without fabric and without removal of material.

caseysmowing
03-16-2012, 08:50 AM
Very helpful info. Little late but thats alright. I had to give the quote yesterday. This would just be a mulch install no new beds or bed clean out. Told her I would do the edging too if she wanted me too. She is supposed to let me know next week and I think I'll be doing her mowing too. The guy she has only weedeats once every 3 weeks and blows grass in her flower beds. I told her that is a big no no in my book. Thanks for the info.

memphis.landscape
03-16-2012, 10:45 AM
Some of you guys are really cheap. 8yds and under I charge $80. 9-15yds $73 15-30yds $68. More than than then $65.
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JContracting
03-18-2012, 02:57 PM
Some of you guys are really cheap. 8yds and under I charge $80. 9-15yds $73 15-30yds $68. More than than then $65.
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Why would you decrease the price as the amt of material increases? It's still labor you have to do/have your guys do & by the time you get to 30 yrds, everyone is worn out. If anything charge more.
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haybaler
03-18-2012, 03:53 PM
Hey, just ask your customer what to charge. You should just stick to your regular job and let the professionals make a living.

JContracting
03-18-2012, 04:02 PM
Hey, just ask your customer what to charge. You should just stick to your regular job and let the professionals make a living.

Agreed.
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DiscoDave
03-18-2012, 06:07 PM
$500.00 minimum.

$85.00 to $100.00 per yard plus degree of difficulty.

memphis.landscape
03-22-2012, 01:00 AM
I decrease as it gets more because I take I to account not using as much gas driving and not paying my guys to sit in a truck. I can make more charging less if the guys are not wasting time in a truck.

Two of my guys can typically put out 20 yards a day bringing in $950 after taking out the price of mulch. I could not do that driving around to 5 different houses putting out 3-4 yards each. I can almost guarantee you that you will not be awarded many jobs charging $8"+ a yard when you are putting out 30+ yds.
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cutsmartlawncare1
03-25-2012, 07:38 PM
when you guys say $65 per yard, delivery, and install you are paying for the mulch right?

AMBoss
04-02-2012, 01:48 PM
Typically, I charge 2x my cost for work. I include the fuel it will take to get to the job, be used on the job, materials, multiply that by two and add for a labor cost for how long it will take! However, the labor you add to it has to take into consideration where you are doing business and with whom you are doing business. Ferrari in the drive adds to cost!