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Titans Fan
02-23-2004, 11:58 AM
I own a commercial mowing business and I have several customers wanting mulch layed.

How do you guys charge?

Double or triple the cost of the mulch for the labor?


02-23-2004, 12:10 PM
I charge for the mulch plus one one hour of labor for each yard. Example: mulch =$20.00 + $35.00 labor = $55.00 per yard. You could always charge more for the mulch and make a profit off of that too but I find that I can actually lay at least 2 yds an hour in beds that have established plants in them.

02-23-2004, 01:52 PM
If your having the mulch delivered by someone else,figure out how much you want to make per hour wheelbarrowing and laying your mulch.Then factor in how much your business needs to make an hour to turn a respectable profit.
If you're going to pick up the mulch and install it,figure in your hourly pay,your company's hourly pay(with gas,equipment replacement costs,maintenance costs,insurance,taxes,etc.,,) and charge enough to make plenty of profit for yourself and the business.
You ,as a business owner/operator deserve to be paid well for your work.I can't tell you how much to charge,because I don't know what kind of
money you need to make a profit.Just be sure it's worth your time.After examining my costs versus profits this weekend,I've just raised my prices.:D

Green Pastures
02-23-2004, 04:33 PM
$50 a cu. yard installed. :cool:

Lux Lawn
02-23-2004, 07:20 PM
I charge $28 to deliver it plus $25.00 to spread each yard
I add $10 to the purchase price of the mulch.

02-24-2004, 12:09 PM
$80-100/yard installed. Includes edging and pre-m.

DFW Area Landscaper
02-24-2004, 12:15 PM
$3 per cubic foot installed. Plus another $1 to $2 per cubic foot installed if the beds are weedy.

$3.75 per cubic foot installed if they won't commit to having me mulch the beds at least once a year.

I have no problem selling it at this price. None whatsoever.

DFW Area Landscaper

02-24-2004, 12:46 PM
For cedar mulch, I charge $80 per yard. Sometimes I charge more because of weeds.

02-24-2004, 08:36 PM
$60-$80 per yard installed materials and labor

General Grounds
02-24-2004, 08:39 PM
:blob3: $80.00, double shredded black, i pay $13.00 a yard.

02-25-2004, 10:23 AM
When do you guys think would be a good time to start putting mulch down?

Doster's L & L
02-25-2004, 11:51 AM
We're laying mulch down for businesses now, but our residential customers won't have mulch down for another month.
I charge 60/cu yd of buld hardwood and 75/cu yd of bagged mulch. FYI 9 3cu ft bags = 1cu ft.

02-25-2004, 07:07 PM
9 3cu ft bags does not = 1 cu ft, it equals 1 cu yard

D Felix
02-26-2004, 08:53 AM
The best time to put down mulch has already come and gone around here...

The best time is when the upper crust of the soil is still frozen, but before the ground starts to thaw. Mulching at this time allows the ground to thaw more evenly, as well as insulate the top, top portion from extreme temperature fluctuations (i.e, this morning, its 27, supposed to be in upper 40's this afternoon).

I've had problems in the past with mulching around the time the perennials were starting to poke through. Didn't have too many perennials make it that year, think it was because of the slight amount of heat generated on the new foliage. The problem is that most people want new mulch down about the time the perennials are poking through.:rolleyes:


02-26-2004, 04:15 PM
I charge 45 per yd here in Alabama. That doesn't include cost obviously.