View Full Version : mulch by the bag - install price

02-28-2004, 10:19 AM
I plan on pushing mulch this year and have a price to install for bulk. However I had a customer tell me they do not want bulk because of the dirt that is with it. They want only bagged mulch. So how do you price it? Do you use your same install price? Or would you charge more for the inconvenience of dealing with all thise bags ,or less because of the convenience of using bags? I guess some like bags and some don't. Would like to hear opinions and pricing ideas.

02-28-2004, 11:02 AM
When I use bags, I double the price of the bags. I usually get 2-3cu. ft bags, for about $2.00, and I charge $4.00 per bag. Probably could charge a bit more, but this works fine for me.

02-28-2004, 11:07 AM
$2.50 per bag x 3 = $7.50 per bag

50 bags x $7.50 = $375 to install

02-28-2004, 11:34 AM
any thing under 10 yds I charge 70 per yd. Over 10 yds I just set up a job at 45 per yd having it blown in. costs me 35 to blow in. I always use 3cu ft bags Its a lot faster than bulk it costs a little more but 9 bags per yd with no shoveling get 5 yds to a pallet

02-28-2004, 12:00 PM
The best price I can find on 2 cu ft bags is $2.79 and 3 cu ft is $4.49. So would you quote a price based on using a 2 or a 3 cu ft bag? If you price the 2 ft bag at 3 x's the cost (2.79*3=$8.37) would that be an easier sell than basing it on 3 cu ft bags (4.49*3=$13.47). I'm thinking if you quote the lower price even though it will take more bags it would be an easier sell. What do you think?

02-28-2004, 05:45 PM
I think I would find a lower price im getting 3cf bags for 2.49

02-29-2004, 09:20 PM
add $2 to each 3 cubic ft bag

03-10-2004, 12:55 AM
Always try to at least double your price on materials. Pine needles, pay $3.00 charge $6.00 l&m. Annuals, I usually triple the cost of flat because of soil, fertilizer. I pay $8.50 and charge $27.50/flat. Also, on the mulch, factor in how far you have to haul it to get to the dump site. Time=money.

03-13-2004, 01:23 AM
publix here in fl has cypress mulch 3/$4.99 rite now

03-13-2004, 03:20 AM
finally someone else that agrees with me in regards to bulk or bagged mulch. I can not stand bulk mulch. So much dirt, clay, etc. in it. Plus the bags are easier to move around and seem to have a better color. Yes they are more expensive, but I will go with quality first

03-13-2004, 01:06 PM
I LIKE BAGED BECAUSE THE BULK GETS ALL IN THE CORNERS OF THE BED AND STAYS THERE YOU CAN NEVER GET IT ALL OUT. bulk is only good if you have a huge area to put it in. like a 20'x30' planter. (sorry for the caps the keyboard is stuck some tines)

03-13-2004, 02:08 PM
we buy bulk for our properties maybe anywhere around probably 200 to 250 yards atleast. we had the mulch place we use mix up a batch specifically for us..nice mix with alot more wood and consistency. we do use a bagged pine bark mulch for our flowers.

03-13-2004, 09:46 PM
I take the price per bag, add 10% then apply my estimated hourly rate. It works out really well for me and those customers who I do mulch jobs for have happily agreed to my prices for 6 years and counting!

Scenic Lawnscape
03-13-2004, 10:32 PM
where is a good place to buy bagged mulch in michigan??



03-15-2004, 01:14 AM
Th price of bulk cypress mulch has went up in price quite a good bit around here in the last few months. I can get it now for around $12 a yard, but I have paid as much as $20 when my source ran out. I dont mind using bulk as I have a dump trailer, and I just spread it around with a large scoop shovel. I charge $75 delivery charge plus whatever the mulch cost me, if they want it spread, then I would simply double the mulch price. I guess that the bulk mulch is cheaper than the bagged stuff, yes?

03-18-2004, 12:27 AM
i always use bagged mulch. no shoveling, easier to move around, and better quality

03-18-2004, 01:17 PM
It takes me about 1 1/2 hours to spread 5 yards of cypress mulch, the stuff I get is "freshly ground" so I dont see any "dirt"in it. i guess the Cypress around here doesnt stay on the ground long enuff to collect dirt. I dont know. Anyway, I still think its cheaper than bagged? am I right?

03-18-2004, 06:53 PM
I totally agree that the quality is much higher in bagged mulch!

03-18-2004, 08:35 PM
I pay just over $20 a yard for bagged mulch. I have only bought bulk mulch once and paid roughly $16 a yard. This was about three years ago so I don't know what it sells for nowdays. I would generally think that bulk is cheaper.

03-21-2004, 08:01 PM
Sorry, this question is out of topic.

I have about 5 yards of bark mulch to spread..

Can I use my shindaiwa power broom attachment to spread it? you guys think that will be easier or what?

03-22-2004, 09:26 AM
I dont know about using that "power broom", I have never tried that, I try to get as close as possible with my trailer, and use a large scoop shovel to put it where it goes.