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Old 02-20-2012, 08:14 PM
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Fair price for mulch?

Hey guys. I'm giving a price for a small mulch job. I have 1existing bed that's 17ft x 8ft which needs to be cleaned up and remulched. I also need to create a bed around a Magnolia tree approx. 6ft round. I figured about 1 1/2 yards of red mulch and about 3 hours labor including picking up the mulch and getting rid of debris. I came up with $280.00. Does this sound like a fair price or am I to low?
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:21 PM
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I think you're going to be short on mulch. I figured 2.3 yards of mulch @ 3 inches. I guess it depends on how much landscaping though too. I think $280 is way high personally but if you get it good for you.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:47 PM
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I think you're going to be short on mulch. I figured 2.3 yards of mulch @ 3 inches. I guess it depends on how much landscaping though too. I think $280 is way high personally but if you get it good for you.
Just curious, what do you think would be a good/your price for all the work described and the materials supplied and delivered?
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:53 AM
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Just curious, what do you think would be a good/your price for all the work described and the materials supplied and delivered?
1.5 yards of mulch with 3 hours labor $200. He said the labor rate was including picking up the mulch so I wouldn't charge extra for delivery. I'd use bag mulch so its about 14 bags of mulch 7 trips to the truck.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:38 PM
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I think $280 is way high personally but if you get it good for you.

A realist I see. I agree. The going rate if this is not a regular client would get you about $70 to $75 a yard here assuming it is a smaller job here. Assuming the higher of the two figures given that puts the mulch alone at $112.50. Then assuming the guy has another hour and a half in purchasing the mulch and prepping the bed at $65 a hour you have $210.00 roughly. That is a fair price. Now again if it is a regular customer then maybe go a little higher, call it a convenience charge since they do not have to call someone else and waste it there time.

Any more than that on residential mulch job you are pissing in the wind when there are a million companies here that will do it for $50 a yard. All in all the guy is going to make a little over $50 a hour after the cost of the mulch....which is not bad considering this is not freaking rocket science and most home owners understand that. Especially considering it is not the middle of summer either. The current conditions outside right now must be considered vs doing this crap in the middle of July.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:42 PM
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A realist I see. I agree. The going rate if this is not a regular client would get you about $70 to $75 a yard here assuming it is a smaller job here. Assuming the higher of the two figures given that puts the mulch alone at $112.50. Then assuming the guy has another hour and a half in purchasing the mulch and prepping the bed at $65 a hour you have $210.00 roughly. That is a fair price. Now again if it is a regular customer then maybe go a little higher, call it a convenience charge since they do not have to call someone else and waste it there time.

Any more than that on residential mulch job you are pissing in the wind when there are a million companies here that will do it for $50 a yard. All in all the guy is going to make a little over $50 a hour after the cost of the mulch....which is not bad considering this is not freaking rocket science and most home owners understand that. Especially considering it is not the middle of summer either. The current conditions outside right now must be considered vs doing this crap in the middle of July.
You'd pay $112 for 1.5 yards of red mulch? I must be not following here.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:22 PM
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You'd pay $112 for 1.5 yards of red mulch? I must be not following here.
NO, NO, NO

They end price for the customer. I am saying if you charged the customer $75 a yard at the 1.5 yards. Not my cost. My cost is generally in the high $20's for a yard.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:37 PM
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NO, NO, NO

They end price for the customer. I am saying if you charged the customer $75 a yard at the 1.5 yards. Not my cost. My cost is generally in the high $20's for a yard.
See I don't break it down. I just invoice the whole thing as 1.5 yards of mulch w/prep and install. I did that when I first stated and then the customer wanted to shop my sod price and have me do the install for the labor I put done. I had to explain the whole thing and it blew up in my face pretty much.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:43 PM
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A realist I see. I agree. The going rate if this is not a regular client would get you about $70 to $75 a yard here assuming it is a smaller job here. Assuming the higher of the two figures given that puts the mulch alone at $112.50. Then assuming the guy has another hour and a half in purchasing the mulch and prepping the bed at $65 a hour you have $210.00 roughly. That is a fair price. Now again if it is a regular customer then maybe go a little higher, call it a convenience charge since they do not have to call someone else and waste it there time.

Any more than that on residential mulch job you are pissing in the wind when there are a million companies here that will do it for $50 a yard. All in all the guy is going to make a little over $50 a hour after the cost of the mulch....which is not bad considering this is not freaking rocket science and most home owners understand that. Especially considering it is not the middle of summer either. The current conditions outside right now must be considered vs doing this crap in the middle of July.
Good point about summer vs. Winter. We can fly through pallets in the winter but come summer, different story.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:35 AM
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Good point about summer vs. Winter. We can fly through pallets in the winter but come summer, different story.
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I have a really good customer we spread 275 yards of mulch every year. I told them we can either spread it now or in the fall. Doing this in the summer sucks, period. Sometimes you have too but I avoid it if I can. And I'm glad I have built a good enough relationship to be able to have input and not be treated like a slave waiting to be replaced by the next cheapest slave. We ended up doing the job last week.
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