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Slcareco
11-29-2004, 11:40 AM
What do you guys charge for mulching and whats included?

I figured from past threads:

$65/yard
$20.00 Delivery Charge
$50.00/hour

Let me know your input thanks!

mathproshs
11-29-2004, 11:54 AM
I charge $90($60/yard and a $30 delivery charge).

Slcareco
11-29-2004, 12:05 PM
whats the $90? an hour?

KathysLGC
11-29-2004, 12:09 PM
For me, it would depend on the type of mulch. The cost averages $40-70 per yard depending if it's play ground,pine,cedar,hemlock etc. $25 delivery charge $50 per hour labor.

Slcareco
11-29-2004, 12:26 PM
ok so say i got a job that i estimate will be 2 hours and is 2 yards worth

Labor: 50/hour x 2 = $100.00
Material: 65/yard x 2 = $130.00
Delivery: 25

Total: $255.00 Sound bout right good profit?

ztoro
11-29-2004, 12:41 PM
ok so say i got a job that i estimate will be 2 hours and is 2 yards worth

Labor: 50/hour x 2 = $100.00
Material: 65/yard x 2 = $130.00
Delivery: 25

Total: $255.00 Sound bout right good profit?


65 a yard? you're marking up the mulch as well as getting the labor?

Slcareco
11-29-2004, 12:42 PM
Idk im just starting thats why im asking ...?

Slcareco
11-29-2004, 01:00 PM
So charge them for the price i get mulch plus delivery and 50/hour for labor?

ztoro
11-29-2004, 01:11 PM
So charge them for the price i get mulch plus delivery and 50/hour for labor?


Mulch costs 20-30 a yard in NJ. I charge around 60 a yard installed. Delivery is ussually free...

Slcareco
11-29-2004, 01:18 PM
and that includes your labor? what if it was a job that was bout 2 yards and took longer then you thought 60/yard will cover it? You cant go back on a bid

sildoc
11-29-2004, 01:53 PM
60 a yard is what I charge unless there are circumstances that I will bid higher. Circumstances would be. Small gate that requires using something other than large wheel barrow, Lots of flowers to mulch around, large back yard or length that I have to haul mulch from trailer to. I can do at least 2 yards of mulch in an hour and mulch only costs 17 a yard. I have a yard min. If I have a big install I will get help and pay 10 an hour.
For instance I had 26 yards to do. I had one helper and 26 yards of mulch. Helpers pay for the day was 60 and mulch was 442. Total gross for job was 1560 - 502 for mulch and labor. My profit was 1058 for 6 hours of work. For me that was 176 an hour. Take out my everyday operating costs of 19.68 an hour, and that is 156.65 an hour profit.
Now I know most people are going to say 19.68 an hour opperating costs for moving mulch with a wheel barrow. I arived at an average price per hour from last years total hours divided into my costs to operate machinery, truck ins and payment, fuel, insurance costs, advertising, maintenance and Im sure I left a few things out. Any ways cost of all this divided by hours = operating costs.

Slcareco
11-29-2004, 02:24 PM
So how bout if i charge liek this:

Material : Mulch $(the cost of the mulch i pay)
Labor: 50/hour
Delivery:25-30.00

Sound good?

SSmith
11-29-2004, 02:31 PM
I think its best if you charge a set amount per yard installed. When you charge by the hour customers won't know what they're gonna be paying you until the job is finished. I think most people actually charge per yard installed.

WigginsLandscaping
11-29-2004, 02:33 PM
I dont know about up north but down here our cost on mulch black/brown is around 9-12/yard. We get about 60/yd installed. I can make money at this rate and still stay competive with the local market.

ztoro
11-29-2004, 02:54 PM
and that includes your labor? what if it was a job that was bout 2 yards and took longer then you thought 60/yard will cover it? You cant go back on a bid


The price is 60 dollars a yard installed. If I need 3 yards I charge 3 x 60.

Your customer shouldnt have to pay you more money because it was installed at a slower pace.

ztoro
11-29-2004, 02:55 PM
60 a yard is what I charge unless there are circumstances that I will bid higher. Circumstances would be. Small gate that requires using something other than large wheel barrow, Lots of flowers to mulch around, large back yard or length that I have to haul mulch from trailer to. I can do at least 2 yards of mulch in an hour and mulch only costs 17 a yard. I have a yard min. If I have a big install I will get help and pay 10 an hour.
For instance I had 26 yards to do. I had one helper and 26 yards of mulch. Helpers pay for the day was 60 and mulch was 442. Total gross for job was 1560 - 502 for mulch and labor. My profit was 1058 for 6 hours of work. For me that was 176 an hour. Take out my everyday operating costs of 19.68 an hour, and that is 156.65 an hour profit.
Now I know most people are going to say 19.68 an hour opperating costs for moving mulch with a wheel barrow. I arived at an average price per hour from last years total hours divided into my costs to operate machinery, truck ins and payment, fuel, insurance costs, advertising, maintenance and Im sure I left a few things out. Any ways cost of all this divided by hours = operating costs.

Like he said, special circumstances will change the price

mathproshs
11-29-2004, 03:50 PM
Mulch here goes for $30 per yard....I in no way will take the time out to go pick the mulch up and then charge a customer cost for it. No industry does that. My furnace went down and my HVAC person wanted to charge me $350 plus $150 to drive an hour to go pick it up for a(I kid you not) $60 part which I purchased and installed myself.

I have a good idea of how long it will take to do a job and I work at a good clip and get my $35/hr putting it down. No one has complained in the 3 years I have been doing this and my customers are glad to have someone who does this for them and makes their property what it is.

Do not cut yourself short...if your customer wants have them call and make arrangements to have the mulch delivered, arrange for a good time to have it dropped off, placed somewhere convenient and tidy and covered up so it wont sit smack dab in the middle of their driveway....then let them do so, otherwise charge what you feel is fair and just.

mastercare
11-29-2004, 04:03 PM
It sounds like you guys pay a ton for mulch.

I've shopped around up here, and can get GOOD hardwood mulch, double shredded for $16.25 per yard.....I charge the customers per yard.

They pay $20 per yard, plus anywhere from $20-35 per yard installation.

So, total price: $40-55 per yard....usually closer to $40, as long as I don't have a lot of detail work, or long hauls.

Sometimes will throw on flat rate delivery charge $20-30 for the job.

If you get a good system down, you can work quickly and profits come out at over $50/hr. At a fast pace, you can spread a lot of mulch and make a good hourly profit.....you'll get more work than you can handle.

GrassBustersLawn
11-29-2004, 04:03 PM
Don't forget to add in for SALES TAX! We have to charge sales tax here. I assume it is the same in NY. I would check into it and GET LEGIT with it, so you don't get SCREWED later!

I charge $65 a yard here installed. If they buy 6 or more yards I'll include delivery in that amount. (My dump trailer will handle 6 yds.) Less then 6 yards I'll either try to combine jobs or charge a $25 delivery fee. (Mulch costs me about $12 a yard, from a vendor that I buy in bulk from over the season. Most mulch vendors charge a $40 flat delivery fee for 1 to 10 yards delivered. So I can still look "affordable" to the customer.)


Mike

DennisF
11-29-2004, 05:47 PM
You guys in the north are making a killing on mulch. I just placed a bid on a large mulch installation for 60 yards of pine bark. I bid the job at $2400 total and lost the job to a lower bidder. I bid $40 per yard which included the mulch and delivery. Prices here in Florida are ridiculously low for mulch installs.

Slcareco
11-29-2004, 08:06 PM
Ok so when you give the client an estimate you tell em 60-65 bucks a yard? and that includes the mulch,labor, and delivery?

MudslinginFX4
11-29-2004, 08:24 PM
I charge $55/yd installed and delivered with a 5yd min. This does not include bed edging which I get $1 per foot for it.

Slcareco
11-29-2004, 08:37 PM
so if some client wanted his beds mulched and only needed 2 yards you wouldnt take it on?

fastpitcher
11-29-2004, 09:06 PM
$80 a yard for me, and that includes the edges. I will not install mulch without doing the edges!

sildoc
11-29-2004, 10:01 PM
Ok so when you give the client an estimate you tell em 60-65 bucks a yard? and that includes the mulch,labor, and delivery?
No way are you crazy???? You measure it out figure what you need to do a good job. say you come to 3 yards of mulch making the mulch 3" thick. I give a bid of 180.00 for the job. They don't know how much mulch is needed. Give them the figure for the job. Dont tell them it will be 3 yards of mulch and that will cost you 180.00. Say the job is 180.00 and it will be 3" thick roughly before settleing.
I will get my own mulch if under 5 yards. If I need more than 5 yards I charge 60 per yard then add on delivery fee.

brentsawyer
11-30-2004, 01:22 PM
Mulch like alot of other things in this industry varies tremendously depending on where you are. And then it varies even more based upon where it is going and then some. Personally, I charge $50/yd. total. Cost of mulch is $14.50+tax. Most people around here charge a little more, approx $60. However, I can load 14 yds. and have it laid in less than 6 hours all day in one trip. Also I can dump if need be.

MudslinginFX4
11-30-2004, 10:12 PM
so if some client wanted his beds mulched and only needed 2 yards you wouldnt take it on?

Scott, I wouldn't do only 2 yards for $55/yard... it would be more like $65 or so up to 5 yds.

Penpro
11-30-2004, 10:48 PM
Stupid question. How do you determine how many yrds will be needed.....hey....i'm still learning, and growing greener by the day. !!

alpine692003
12-01-2004, 12:06 AM
$60 per yard labor doesnt include the mulch

5+ yards $50/h

includes delivery, or i get it delivered if its more then 3 yards..

sildoc
12-01-2004, 12:30 AM
Stupid question. How do you determine how many yrds will be needed.....hey....i'm still learning, and growing greener by the day. !!
here is a site to goto to deterimine yardage from sq ft.
http://upstatemulch.com/material_calculator.htm

arborist-28
12-03-2004, 03:46 AM
@ 65 per yard I would think you'd be alright ...c

alpine692003
12-03-2004, 03:48 AM
with $65/yard does that include the mulch and delivery itself and labor?

arborist-28
12-03-2004, 03:55 AM
65 a yard is the delivered price sorry I should have been more clear...that doesn't include labor 50 per hour for labor is what I use... And normally @ this rate delivery is free ...

brentsawyer
12-03-2004, 09:59 AM
$65 for the mulch and spreading is extra. WOW, that's alot. Here companies will deliver for $22 yd. + $25 for delivery.

GreenMonster
12-03-2004, 10:09 AM
$65 for the mulch and spreading is extra. WOW, that's alot. Here companies will deliver for $22 yd. + $25 for delivery.

;) :dizzy:

yeah, I would think $65/yd delivered would border on ridiculous. That's more like an installed price.

KCLandscape
12-03-2004, 10:51 PM
$75.00/yd delivered and installed. Local Hardwood. On properties we maintain and know.
Extra time= 45/hr be it bed prep/weed removal ect...