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Expert Lawns
03-28-2004, 04:51 PM
I gave a customer a bid for 20 yards of mulch. I will be picking up, delivering, and installing it all myself. Maybe with a helper... I quoted her a total price of $1200. Does this sound close to what you guys charge? It is my first large mulch install, usually I only do a few yards at a time. What do you think? The mulch is $25-27 a yard. Thanks

Avery
03-28-2004, 04:58 PM
Wish I could get 60/yd for mulch. Just finished an 1100 sg/yd job...that would be a nice chunk of change!

cklands
03-28-2004, 05:56 PM
I would be around 1200-1500 depending on how far you have to haul the mulch from the truck.

1MajorTom
03-28-2004, 06:19 PM
Why didn't you have it delivered?
What will you be hauling the mulch in?

charlies
03-28-2004, 07:05 PM
i would charge more if i were you. ESPECIALLY with those ridiculous mulch prices. is it 24k gold plated mulch? for plain ole 15$ a yard mulch, we would charge more than 1500$. (and we would have the local yard deliver it for $20).

Expert Lawns
03-28-2004, 07:22 PM
I may have the yard deliver it. My truck and trailer combined can haul about 6 yards. That leaves me with over 3 trips. I think having them deliver it would be a good time (and money) saver. How many yards can those huge dump trucks hold that they usually deliver the mulch in?

dart2cut
03-28-2004, 07:28 PM
OK, new to the mulch, pine straw and other bed coverings, what is the best way to figure out how much it will take? Did a pine job the other day and only needed 13 bails and got 15, don't want to short change my self next time. Is mulch about the same in covering as pine starw? How far will a yard go in a bed and how thick?

Expert Lawns
03-28-2004, 07:36 PM
find out how big the area is. if memory serves me, i belive it's length x width x height (thickness of mulch) then divide that by 27. I said I THINK that is the formula. Anyone know if that is accurate?

LawnScapers of Dayton
03-28-2004, 08:24 PM
L (in feet) x W(in feet) x .25 (for 3 inch deep mulch) ....then divide by 27....

Derek

dart2cut
03-28-2004, 09:57 PM
so, i get the total sq. feet to cover and divide by 27 for the total amount needed for the job?

thanks guys

Expert Lawns
03-29-2004, 10:35 AM
dart2cut, that is the formula someone taught me not too long ago. I am just putting it to use this year.

How many sq ft will a yard of mulch cover? (I hate math)

Groundcover Solutions
03-29-2004, 04:58 PM
We have a calculator on our site that can calculate it for you. superiorgroundcover.com

dart2cut
03-29-2004, 10:46 PM
Groundcover Solutions: the calculator is cool, i'm sure i'll be using it soon. Is the L x W x .25 divided by 27 correct, if i need to now on the spot?

NickN
03-30-2004, 01:59 PM
Go get a project calculator from Lowes or HD.That has saved me alot of time trying to remember formulas.
Yes you can use the L x W x D / 27=cubic yards method.Just remember your depth will be a percentage of 1 foot as in .25 is a quarter of one foot(3 inches)

dart2cut
03-30-2004, 03:52 PM
NickN, Thanks for the tip.

LawnScapers of Dayton
03-30-2004, 04:43 PM
The formula works........use .083 for 1 inch deep and .166 for 2 inches deep....

Derek

Expert Lawns
03-30-2004, 05:57 PM
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How many sq ft will a yard of mulch cover? (I hate math) [/B]

lil help. lil help.

tedk
03-30-2004, 06:04 PM
at a depth of 120 inches it will cover about 2.7 square feet.

WeatherMan
03-30-2004, 06:21 PM
$1300.00 for the job

Boycea
03-31-2004, 12:38 AM
Hey Matt, does that calculator on your website also work for materials such as crushed rock and top soil or would that be different?

Thanks,
Adam

Expert Lawns
03-31-2004, 09:22 AM
Someone else got the job for $800. That is just too much work for too little money. They can have it. No way would I push around that much mulch for only $200 profit. 20 yards is a good full days work.

Groundcover Solutions
03-31-2004, 09:24 AM
Boycea,
Ummm I think it is mainly for mulch. I am not sure on the other stuff but if you want you can try it but double check your numbers with normal means.

Scraper
03-31-2004, 10:53 AM
Originally posted by Expert Lawns
Someone else got the job for $800. That is just too much work for too little money. They can have it. No way would I push around that much mulch for only $200 profit. 20 yards is a good full days work.

Ughhhh! I'd be at $900-1000 more than that price!!!

cmorris
03-31-2004, 03:58 PM
what is the .25 and the 27 in this , sorry guys, i am also new to this.