View Full Version : Help Bidding Mulch Job

08-21-2004, 02:22 PM
Simple question for an easy job-Just want to make sure my pricing is in line.

Lady down the street from my house asked me to Roundup the weeds in her beds and spread some mulch. I usually just cut her grass.

One cubic yard of mulch in my Ranger pick-up should suffice- $25 bucks at the local nursery.

What's the going rate for this job I figure it'll take me between 1-2 hours.

And yes- I am licensed here in NC to apply herbicides.


08-21-2004, 02:47 PM
What kind of mulch are you spreading, why are you paying $25/yard? Here in Raleigh I only pay $10 for tripple shread mulch at the Mulch Masters, but you may be using a different type of much that cost a lot more. Also, 1-2 hours seems like a little much to spread 1 yard of mulch and spray the weeds, but if your time estimate is correct my price would be: $50 per hour, plus $25 for the mulch, plus another $25 for the spray. So somewhere between $100 and $150 if it takes you 2 hours.

Trevors Lawn Care
08-21-2004, 02:49 PM
i charge $75 a yard up to five yards of mulch. I charge $70 a yard for anything over 5 yards. I am paying $30 for a yard of mulch.


08-21-2004, 02:53 PM
Basically about the same as ECM said. I would double the cost of the mulch to the customer and thus include the spraying for "free or included in the hourly rate or mulch rate" to them and then charge between $40-$55 per hour depending on the difficulty.

08-21-2004, 03:21 PM
thanks guys! the rate I quoted her was 45 an hour plus the mulch.

I bought Cypress Mulch and it is real close to the neighborhood. Convienience=higher price.

Time 1-2 hours I think is about right. I'll be wheel-barrowing it from my truck around the yard. Haven't acquired enough power toys yet. Working on that.

Thanks again fellas.

08-22-2004, 12:29 AM
Man you guys are getting it in the @ss with no reacharound. 25-30 a yard for mulch?!? I pay 10-12 depending on the type and I charge 45 an hour to pull/spray weeds, install mulch.

08-22-2004, 07:09 AM
If the bed needs an edge I charge 1.50 a ft. for edgeing

I pay a contractor price for mulch, and charge $55 a yard installed

50.00 min to spray anything

08-23-2004, 08:08 PM
I charge $65 a yd for mulch, paying $20 contractor price. My total price for your job $65+$25 round-up $90..Let's just round that on up to $100....This would go up a little if I have to pull up any of the weeds...