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ColePyck
03-31-2004, 12:13 AM
Got a call today from a nice women over in my area who said she needed some mulch....boy o boy did she. Her house is in a wooded area so not much grass will grow so she did her what would be yard in mulch. Measured it up and it was about 10,000sq ft of mulch! She said she wanted it 2" thick, so according to gardenweb.com thats 62 Yards of mulch!! She wants the extra fine dark mulch, which is about 22 dollars a yard, so I figure Im going to have 2grand in it, and quoted her for 4grand seeing Im going to be taking a couple days witha couple helpers for this job. She was going to get 2 more estimates she said too. Am I a lowballer or should I be happy with my 2 stacks and run?

Willmow4dough
03-31-2004, 03:58 AM
That breaks down to $64.52/yd installed; $42.52/yd profit before other expenses are taken out. It sounds like you'll make out well if she accepts your bid. I don't know about your area but here it is possible to sub-contract someone with a mulch blower to install mulch for around $40/yd including the price of the mulch. You may want to check into this as a $24.52/yd profit with no physical labor by yourself would be pretty attractive. Good luck.

Groundcover Solutions
03-31-2004, 10:21 AM
Mulch blowing is the way to go. Save you time and money pluse you don't have to lift a finger!!!

Scraper
03-31-2004, 11:51 AM
Originally posted by Groundcover Solutions
Mulch blowing is the way to go. Save you time and money pluse you don't have to lift a finger!!!

Darn right!!! I sub out all my jobs over 15 yards to a local mulch blower although I do all the prep work such as edging. We both make out and it frees me up to do the smaller more profitable mulch jobs.

jkelton
03-31-2004, 10:17 PM
Willmow4dough,
Just remember me if you come across a job like this!

Groundcover Solutions
04-01-2004, 12:15 AM
thats right us blower truck companies are taking this forum over!!! LOL but it is a great way to lay some mulch!!! although i may be a little biased.

D Felix
04-01-2004, 08:37 PM
62 yards isn't that big.... Try over 200 on one residential job.

Did that one about 2 years ago for my former employer. All edging done by hand, many straight, and I mean STRAIGHT edges had to be cut. We were there about a week with a crew of 8-10 guys and three trucks.

Nothing like backing a crew cab F450 across the yard leapfrogging plywood as it moves... Don't miss that at all!

But, I haven't had to do that recently. 62 yards is a big one, good luck with it!


Dan

specialtylc
04-02-2004, 01:55 AM
The bark blowing firms here charge $25 per yard. But our Fir bark mulch is only $13 to $17 a yard to buy. We did a mulch job last weekend. 30 yards in shrub beds with 3 men using wheel barrow. Took us 6.5 hours, including drive time to get 3 truck loads of bark. I charged the customer $900 for the job.

Strawbridge Lawn
04-11-2004, 09:06 PM
A lady called me yesterday and said she needs 25-30 yards, but does not like the appearance of blown in mulch.. She would rather have it physically applied.. I Was kinda surprised, but at the same time have seen blown in jobs where the mulch is packed down and not very thick.. As long as they realize the price difference and are willing to pay..

Groundcover Solutions
04-12-2004, 12:51 AM
In my extremly biased openion the blown in mulch looks much better than hand applied. Much more even and if properly cleaned up the edge is great and the beds are more evenly distributed with mulch thus giving better coverage by fewer yards saving you time and money. (sorry for the sales pitch)

Scraper
04-12-2004, 04:24 PM
Originally posted by Groundcover Solutions
In my extremly biased openion the blown in mulch looks much better than hand applied. Much more even and if properly cleaned up the edge is great and the beds are more evenly distributed with mulch thus giving better coverage by fewer yards saving you time and money. (sorry for the sales pitch)

Not a sales pitch at all...it's the truth.

Groundcover Solutions
04-18-2004, 06:51 PM
Glad you feel that way Scraper!!!! Glad to help in any way I can with a little advice!

Scraper
04-19-2004, 02:56 PM
I will post some pictures of jobs that were just done over the past day by my service. I just have to take them this week when out. All said and done they blew 60 some yards for me and it is way better than I could've done by hand, they used less mulch than I would've, and we both made good $$$! All I had to do was get everything ready. No more mulching 40 yard properties.

Groundcover Solutions
04-26-2004, 12:52 AM
got any photos yet scraper???? Just cereious to see some of the other companies work.

Rebel7695
04-29-2004, 10:38 AM
Have a question.. If you sub the larger jobs out to a mulch blowing company, and the customer realizes it, what keeps the customer from calling the blowing company directly next time, bypassing the landscaper? I know a lot of customers that are smart enough to think of that. Don't want to run yourself out of business.

LawnScapers of Dayton
04-29-2004, 11:31 AM
$900 for 30 yards with a wheelbarrow...... WOW.....that seems really low to pay 3 guys and and make 3 trips with a truck........

Derek

jkelton
04-30-2004, 06:12 PM
I personally have a strict rule against taking any business away from my landscaper clients. This is one of the biggest issues I thought of when I started this business. In my opinion, it is definitely not worth my reputation by bypassing my landscaper clients. I would not want to be treated that way, and I do not expect my landscaper clients would appreciate me being their competition on these mulch jobs. Also, I cannot offer the other services that really need to be done in conjunction with mulching (edging, removal of existing mulch if needed, pre-emergent, etc.).

Groundcover Solutions
05-08-2004, 06:33 PM
I am with Jkelton on this one. We do not take work away from our contractors. We will not do any commercial jobs unless we are subed out for them. Residentials we will do on the other hand but we do check to see if they use a lawn care company or any other service that one of our cliantes my be providing them with. Also we do not even begine to focuse on residintals untill all of our contracted work from our landscapers is done. tipicaly around june. Pluse as Jkelton said we do not offer the other services that are tipicaly done when the mulch is applied. We are in the business of productivity and we only clean up the mess that we create. Most of our landscapers will come in before us and clean out the beds and re-edge them if they need it. That is how we work and i would imagen most blower companies would work the same way, or else they will be hurting themselves in the long run.

sgoalie23
05-11-2004, 12:45 PM
Originally posted by D Felix
62 yards isn't that big.... Try over 200 on one residential job.

Did that one about 2 years ago for my former employer. All edging done by hand, many straight, and I mean STRAIGHT edges had to be cut. We were there about a week with a crew of 8-10 guys and three trucks.

Nothing like backing a crew cab F450 across the yard leapfrogging plywood as it moves... Don't miss that at all!

But, I haven't had to do that recently. 62 yards is a big one, good luck with it!


Dan

try 325 at my house, my dad wants the hill mulched at 3-4inches, what a PITA. i going to die this summer. one skidsteer, a couple of wheelbarrows and some shovels. sounds like fun huh?