View Full Version : quick ?: 5 yards of mulch for.....

Expert Lawns
06-01-2004, 08:35 PM
How much would you charge to spread 5 yards of mulch if:

1 yard = $27
Delivery = $25

Total = $168.10 (with tax)

These are my costs. I figured $40/yard, so:

$237.00 ??

good? bad? high? low?

06-01-2004, 09:11 PM
My math skills suck, but are you trying to say you want to make 63 bucks doing that whole job? I must be missing something.
I just don't get it with the prices I see mentioned here for installing mulch.
We never talk prices here because I know people like to inflate their numbers, and if you come in too high, it looks like you are just marking up the numbers. We'll cut grass any day of the week over making 13 bucks per yard. There's no money to be made in mulch unless you charge generously for your time and labor.

06-01-2004, 09:20 PM
We make $37/yard.
Your price is bad,low.
$325-$350 would be my price because it is a small job.
Larger jobs get quoted at the per yard figure because there is more volume.

By the way,set up an account some where and stop paying retail for product.

Expert Lawns
06-01-2004, 11:07 PM
I have an account set up at a local supplier. They give me rainbow mulch for $27/yd. So charging $40/yd to install is low?

06-01-2004, 11:29 PM
$40/yd is low,and I think the 27/yd you are paying for the mulch is a bit high,but I don't have a clue where hockeytown is!LOL!

Expert Lawns
06-01-2004, 11:36 PM
well this year it's sad to say, but Detroit is Hockeytown

Expert Lawns
06-02-2004, 06:30 PM
I did some refiguring and decided to go with $50/yd. After tax and delivery, the total is $290.00

5yds @ $27/yd = $135.00
+ tax = $143.10
+ del = $168.10

$290 - $168.10 = $121.90 profit

Yes, I would rathe be cutting and making more money, but I have 4 accounts on one street and this lady is on that street. I can have my helper knock out the mulch install while I start on the mowing. I did 5 yards on my own in 2 hours, so hopefully he can do the same and we can get on with the mowing schedule. I like doing mulch installs once in awhile, its a nice change from mow blow n go's.

Rich's Lawn Care
06-02-2004, 06:43 PM
We pay $26 per yard and we charge $65. per yard installed.

06-02-2004, 10:18 PM
I pay and charge about the same as Rich's Lawn Care

06-02-2004, 10:33 PM
Originally posted by jt5019
I pay and charge about the same as Rich's Lawn Care

Same here. It depends on the job and how much traveling in a wheel barrel, and how thick they want it (6" spread out where the dump truck dumps it gets a lower per yard price), but I will charge $55-$70/yd total (usually in the middle). I pay $18-$24 /yard total.

I try to get $45/hour after paying cost of goods sold.

Expert Lawns
06-03-2004, 12:08 AM
wheelbarrow time is minimal, very minimal. nothing up or down hills, and the house is your average residential style house. not too many flower/plants/shrubs to work around either. straight away shovel, haul, dump, spread.......repeat

06-03-2004, 10:39 PM
Depends on what the mulch is, pine, hemlock, or blend. Any where from $60.00 - $75.00 per yard, delivered and spread.

06-03-2004, 11:36 PM
For five yards we normally get 350, and that is for dump and spread with minimal edging. For hard to do jobs, near plants 2.5 yards was around 240. Remember that edging is a lot of work and getting mulch in between bushes is hard. 1 yard 1 man 1 hr. 5 * 35 = 175 after expenses you should take in on this job.

06-04-2004, 12:00 AM
atleast 320.00. ANd thats if the dump truck can dump right at where the mulch is going to go. If you've gotta load it up and take it more than 20 ft add on extra money for transportation costs.