View Full Version : Can't land a big job to save my life!!!!

03-18-2005, 04:31 PM
I've bid on big mulch jobs out the yang and can't get a one. Current bid will be for 7026 sq ft of beds to be mulched. Could someone let me know if 65 yards sounds right? I can't figure out for the life of me what I'm doing wrong.
The mulch runs me 18.33 per yard. I figured on somewhere between 35 and 40 per yard installed. Does this sound right?

03-18-2005, 04:35 PM
65 yards will give you 3" of mulch. I'd charge about $3,600 for that if not much prep.

03-18-2005, 04:54 PM
Thanks Polecat. I figured around 3200.00 maybe I've been bidding too low.

03-18-2005, 07:39 PM
Are you communicating to the customer exactly how many yards of mulch at 3in. The low bidders might not be.

03-19-2005, 08:31 AM
I'm not sure about your area but I get between 55-65 installed!

D Felix
03-19-2005, 09:42 AM
If you are just topdressing, you don't need 3 inches of mulch. 1-2 at the most. Maybe that's why you aren't getting the jobs- everyone else is/will be using less mulch?


03-20-2005, 09:10 AM
Exactly my thoughts.. too much mulch! Try bid at 50yds

03-20-2005, 12:46 PM
i also agree with dan

only on new applications do we price it thick.
on refresh jobs 1-2 inches is all you need.

03-20-2005, 01:36 PM
Going rate here is 3-4 X cost installed, which translates to somewhere between $75-$100. That's based on info from other LCO's, though. It's my first year. I underbid my first job by about half, then found out this info. I'd say I left $500-$700 on the table. Oh well, live and learn.


03-22-2005, 03:54 PM
Thanks for all the info . These beds have never been mulched before so it is a new install and will need 3". I talked to the guy managing the property and though he wouldn't't tell me what exactly the competition bid he did say there was only pocket change difference in our pricing.
Thanks again.