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Mikes Lawn Landscape
05-29-2004, 07:23 AM
Price this job ?

Supply and Install 5 yards of mulch.
Weed existing beds (Some were pretty bad some not so bad)

3 guys working for 6 hours each

What do you guys think this job should gor for?:confused:

pcnservices
05-29-2004, 07:46 AM
Originally posted by Mikes Lawn Landscape
3 guys working for 6 hours each
Are you saying 18 man hours on this job?
I dont think so :confused:

Mulching supply and install: ± $40 - $50 per yard (or whatever the rate is for your area)
Weeding: $35 per hour (or whatever your rate is for yardwork)

It took me and my son (15 yr) 4.5 hrs (add 2 more hours for pickup and delivery) to install 7 yards of mulch (3-4") at two different properties. We weeded the flower beds at the same time as we went along installing the mulch.

I got the mulch at a landscape supply company for $15 a yard.

Hope this helps

Mikes Lawn Landscape
05-29-2004, 07:58 AM
Originally posted by pcnservices
Are you saying 18 man hours on this job?
I dont think so :confused:
Hope this helps

Yea the job is complete it took 18 man hours and 5 yards of mulch I had a 5x10 trailer full of weeds when we got done and I had two trips to the mulch place to get 2 1/2 yards each time.

So your price would be $35 x 18 = $630 + $250 for mulch or $880.00 total.

Thanks for moving the thread where it wont get seen !

pcnservices
05-29-2004, 08:29 AM
Mike,
My mulching fee is a fixed fee and my material, labor, pickup and delivery is included in that. For the weeding part of it I would charge my hourly rate for yardwork.
Therefore the mulching supply and install hours is seperate from the weeding hours and irrelevant in the total hours of the job.
For ex: My invoice would look something like this:

Weeding of flowerbeds, carry away and dump
12 hours @ $35 per hour = $420
Mulch supply and install 5 yards @ $50 per yard =$250

I hope I made myself clear - I think what I am trying to say is you proportianally double charged for the labor on this job. Two different services with a different pricing structure for each service.

In the DFW area you guys probably get a lot more per yard of mulch intalled than up here in our area.

bobbygedd
05-29-2004, 05:25 PM
ok, so you weeded the beds before mulching them? when u say weeding beds, you mean the same ones you mulched?

dvmcmrhp52
05-29-2004, 08:34 PM
5 yards with three guys is a 3 hour job including edging.
So you spent 9 man hours doing weeds on a 5 yard mulch job?

Mikes Lawn Landscape
05-30-2004, 08:58 AM
Originally posted by bobbygedd
ok, so you weeded the beds before mulching them? when u say weeding beds, you mean the same ones you mulched?

Yep weed bed then mulch it.

Originally posted by dvmcmrhp52
5 yards with three guys is a 3 hour job including edging.
So you spent 9 man hours doing weeds on a 5 yard mulch job?

For three guys here is how it broke down

Weed beds 6 man hours
Install mulch 6 man hours
Drive time 1.5 man hours (too pick up mulch)
Clean up and removal 1.5 man hours

It was actually 15 man hours we broke for lunch at 12 and returned at 1

This is a guess we were weeding as we were installing mulch.

Some beds were pretty bad

Rich's Lawn Care
05-30-2004, 09:24 AM
6 Hours for 5 yards of mulch with 3 guys? Thats Bad!!!

I can do 5 yards in 3hr solo.

Mikes Lawn Landscape
05-30-2004, 09:37 AM
Originally posted by Rich's Lawn Care
6 Hours for 5 yards of mulch with 3 guys? Thats Bad!!!
I can do 5 yards in 3hr solo.

You have no idea of the conditions we were working in this was not a dump and spread job. I can do 5 yards solo in 3 hours if conditions are favorable also. I am asking for a price not a critique.

bobbygedd
05-30-2004, 02:31 PM
i think you wasted your time pulling the weeds. i would have wacked them down to the ground, sprayed them, mulch on top. price? like you said, i can't see the conditions you were working in.

polecat63
05-30-2004, 07:38 PM
Ditto here on the weeds. Pulling them is a waste of your time, and your clients money. All those juicey roots you left in the siol will be sprouting new top growth in no time.
5 yds of muclc , delivered and installed would be about $300. with twelve man hours at $420 making it $720 total, plus dump fees, plus truck charge. But like I said, I would have done it differently.



Also, you gonna charge you customer extra because you gotta take two trips? You could have had it delivered for less that then the $52.50 you charged for that.
Oh, and we're not trying to critique you, we're trying to help.

bobbygedd
05-30-2004, 07:44 PM
speak for yourself polecat, i'm trying to piss him off

prizeprop
05-30-2004, 08:49 PM
3 men working---- 5 yards of mulch @ $75 per yard installed=$375.00 (approx 2.50 hrs)/ weeding beds--- $35 a man hour x 15.50 man hrs = $542.50 / disposal fee=$50.00 / total = $967.50

polecat63
05-31-2004, 07:04 AM
Damn Bobby. Didn't mean to steal your thunder!:D