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bligh61
04-26-2012, 08:19 AM
How much to you charge up your mulch and how much to install? I buy it for 30 yd and charge 50 delivered, and charge 75 a yard installed on top of that.

herler
04-26-2012, 09:20 AM
Do you have a lot of work?

White Gardens
04-26-2012, 09:22 AM
Do you have a lot of work?

You can't say that. Who knows his process, cost of living, etc....

Who's to also say someone shouldn't be making money at the prices they set. As long as the customer is happy, then that's all that matters.

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sven1277
04-26-2012, 09:04 PM
I charge about $50/yd for installation plus the consumer's price for the bulk mulch rounded up. If they would pay $24 per yard, I would charge $75 to buy and install it. I get a 10% discount on material.

metro36
04-26-2012, 10:10 PM
How much to you charge up your mulch and how much to install? I buy it for 30 yd and charge 50 delivered, and charge 75 a yard installed on top of that.

I dont know where you are on LI but $30 per yard is some expensive mulch in my book. Im paying 15 for natural and 18 for dyed. For natural, I charge $60 a yard for material, deliver and installation and I charge $65 for dyed. Edging and weeding are priced separately. If the mulch has to be wheeled a long distance from the truck, the price goes up. Thats about the standard pricing by me, some guys are lower but dont do a good job. Any higher and I wouldnt get much mulch work.

When I just deliver locally, I charge $25 per yard for natural and $30 for dyed. If the delivery is less than 5 yards I tack on an extra $20.

cpllawncare
04-26-2012, 10:33 PM
mulch is 18-20/yd here we generally get 50/yd installed

Fawcett
04-27-2012, 11:27 AM
Geeze you guys are getting stuff cheap! Mulch around here is anywhere between $35-40 per yard up here in Ma.

I usually pay for it myself, get the contractors discount then charge the regular price for each yard. As far as taking care of myself, things usually end up being around double the cost of each yard.

So pretty much, I charge $40 per yard of mulch that I purchase, then I charge $40 per yard to spread. With two wheel barrels, my worker and I can spread 18yards of mulch in around 6-7hrs (this does not include bed prep time).

I might be selling my services a bit too cheap!

94gt331
04-30-2012, 12:40 AM
I sell mulch for $25 a yard install for $30 a yard. I dont know how guys can charge $60- 80 per yard labor only. It's brainless work. And 1 guy can easily spread 4-5 yards an hr.

THEGOLDPRO
04-30-2012, 01:01 AM
I sell mulch for $25 a yard install for $30 a yard. I dont know how guys can charge $60- 80 per yard labor only. It's brainless work. And 1 guy can easily spread 4-5 yards an hr.

Different areas demand more or less money for services. In CT we charge 55-65 per yard for labor. No one complains and we do a few hundred yards of mulch a year.

cpllawncare
04-30-2012, 01:32 AM
I sell mulch for $25 a yard install for $30 a yard. I dont know how guys can charge $60- 80 per yard labor only. It's brainless work. And 1 guy can easily spread 4-5 yards an hr.

I think the $60 figure includes the mulch, at least around here it does, your only charging $5/yd for installing you can come work for me.

bligh61
04-30-2012, 08:40 AM
If you charge 60 a yard installed, do the math. 60 minus cost 18 equals 42 than fuel for delivery 5 to !0 now your down to mid 30s for your profit to install this product. I would have to live in a refridgerator box if i charged that on long island. Wake up guys, stop doing yourself a disservice. We all work hard and really earn our pay check. Pay yourself More!!!

OmegaBrick
04-30-2012, 05:26 PM
Here in MI, I charge $48-60 per yard installed depending on the type of mulch. Much higher and I would get no mulching jobs. Labor is $20.00/ yd. generally

cpllawncare
04-30-2012, 09:44 PM
If you charge 60 a yard installed, do the math. 60 minus cost 18 equals 42 than fuel for delivery 5 to !0 now your down to mid 30s for your profit to install this product. I would have to live in a refridgerator box if i charged that on long island. Wake up guys, stop doing yourself a disservice. We all work hard and really earn our pay check. Pay yourself More!!!

I agree but NY is a long way from SC and cost of living here is very much different, that's why people from up there can sell their 1200sq/ft house and move here and buy a mansion, disgust me really. I see it everyday, but then again I get a lot of business from these folks also so it's all good really, LOL

94gt331
04-30-2012, 10:47 PM
I think the $60 figure includes the mulch, at least around here it does, your only charging $5/yd for installing you can come work for me.

Lol, i said that wrong I average 55-65 a yard installed, that price includes the cost of the mulch which i get for $15 a yard in wholesale so i make $10 profit when i charge retail prices. I know guys around here that charge around $90 per yard and i think thats alittle high personally. But everyone has different overhead.

cpllawncare
05-01-2012, 02:54 AM
Lol, i said that wrong I average 55-65 a yard installed, that price includes the cost of the mulch which i get for $15 a yard in wholesale so i make $10 profit when i charge retail prices. I know guys around here that charge around $90 per yard and i think thats alittle high personally. But everyone has different overhead.

That's about where I'm at, the highest I've heard of around here is 70/yd installed, like you said everybody has different overhead so whatever you need you charge, people do business with people they like no matter the price usually.

Duekster
05-01-2012, 06:01 AM
I sell mulch for $25 a yard install for $30 a yard. I dont know how guys can charge $60- 80 per yard labor only. It's brainless work. And 1 guy can easily spread 4-5 yards an hr.

Really? I would like to see that.

lawnman3
05-01-2012, 06:28 AM
yes if your blowing the mulch...:walking:

Duekster
05-01-2012, 06:31 AM
yes if your blowing the mulch...:walking:

I do not think that is what he was blowing. :rolleyes:

Coffeecraver
05-01-2012, 06:33 AM
Really? I would like to see that.

You must be really hungry to do it for that!

DLGATX
05-01-2012, 02:11 PM
$7 a bag for Texas Native Hardwood Mulch

Darryl G
05-01-2012, 04:22 PM
I'm in the $85 to $110/yard range for mulch installed depending on what mulch they want and access/quantity. Quality mulch isn't cheap around here and I refuse to install the dyed ground up construction and demolition crap.

blowerman
05-02-2012, 11:23 PM
I sell mulch for $25 a yard install for $30 a yard. I dont know how guys can charge $60- 80 per yard labor only. It's brainless work. And 1 guy can easily spread 4-5 yards an hr.

Someones living a pipe dream again. I'd pay for you to come here and show me that. And I'm talking, get you here, put you up, entertain, then watch you spread 4-5 yards per hour. If it's easily, one would think you could surpass 4-5 working hard at it.
One guy moving quick can move maybe two yards per hour. That's moved from a pile or truck, into a plant bed, then neatly placed and raked out.

charmill26
05-03-2012, 12:15 AM
^^I agree for the most part. Alot of it depends on how far you have to move it and if its a wide open bed or crowded with a lot of plants. I can do 2-3 an hour by myself on average for the open areas. But yes I will gladly hire him to come install 4-5 yards per hour for me!

RSK Property Maintenance
05-03-2012, 12:27 AM
I Generally charge 100/yard delivered, and installed, but there are alot of guys around me who will do it for half that, but don't do a good job, and i don't really want to do mulch, so I don't really try to get many mulch jobs. But i did put down 12 yards to finish a juniper install in 3 hrs with 3 guys. 1 trip in the dump truck :)
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ryan41
05-03-2012, 01:08 AM
the cheapest mulch in my area is double shredded hardwood i can get that for about $28.00 a yard. Labor i do about $35-$40 a yard depending on how the terrain is and how many guys i have working it. I usually end up doing around $70.00 a yard spared & delivered. The price goes up if its more expensive mulch. You also have Bed edging & weeding to add in.

BOSS LAWN 2343
05-03-2012, 01:48 AM
$35 per yard plus install fees. Really depends who your supplier is and how much it will cost to haul to the jobsite.

lawnpropm
05-03-2012, 02:59 AM
$75 - $85/ yard not including mulch and delivery
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charmill26
05-03-2012, 03:15 AM
I thought I made good money with my prices! You're grossing 150-170 per man hour without the cost of the mulch?

lawnpropm
05-03-2012, 03:33 AM
I noticed one thing when you're dealing with customers "smile" when you give them the price for the job while saying we also accept major credit cards. Also you can be more aggressive with pricing in regards to customers who contact you from referrals.
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Duekster
05-03-2012, 07:00 AM
I noticed one thing when you're dealing with customers "smile" when you give them the price for the job while saying we also accept major credit cards. Also you can be more aggressive with pricing in regards to customers who contact you from referrals.
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Good Point, LOL we also accept, Visa, Master card and first born

CozyHollow
05-03-2012, 07:38 PM
Black dyed is 34.99 a yard where I get it. REAL clean and no smell. I get it at contractors cost at $25 and charge $50 to $65 depending.

Spread 3.5 yards in 4 hours this past Tuesday because there were MANY little bushes and several beds, 2 raised beds as well. Pitch forked 90% and dumped 2 wheel borrow fulls on one spot cause it was an area around a Japanese Maple. Made $225 on this job which included trimming 6 plumb trees. Lost my ass on this one because it took forEVER lopping them damn trees...:cry:

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