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Old 12-03-2012, 09:33 PM
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How much do you charge for Mulch Install?

Yes, per yard, how much do you charge for mulch installation? and how much do you charge for mulch (material) per yard? hardwood shredded mulch.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:08 AM
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I'm sure a quick search will pull up multiple threads on this topic, but for regular hardwood mulch right now, I charge between $72.00 and $75.00 per yard, purchased, delivered and installed. The price can vary some due to distance traveled from the nearest supplier, distance from trailer to beds, or terrain involved.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:47 PM
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What is the price of the mulch material per yard
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:10 PM
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I still have never fully understood this "price per yard" of mulch and how it can vary due to whatever.... Is it just throwing mulch on the beds or are you prepping them too as in edging, cleaning, etc....? I've had 1 job in 11 years that was mulch only. Most are clean, trim bushes, edge beds, pull weeds, install mulch. If I calculate it on a per yard basis most of my jobs would be $150-$200+ per yard. But I am an hours + material + profit = job cost type of person. If you're just actually only installing the mulch with ZERO prep I can see a per yard price working but still gets fuzzy. But again most of my jobs are trim, edge, clean, mulch...
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:27 PM
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This post is just for the cost of mulch and labor to put it down. You then add on your cost to edge if necessary, I never have to because my yards have pavers around landscaping. Also trimming is usually done a the same time, but its a separate cost. Customer's want to see the numbers broken down.

I usually charge:
Mulch $60-$75 per yard installed
small to medium bushes trimmed $5-$10 per bush

Edging can be a pain, and buy yourself a good spade if you do so. My spades are all metal fully welded and run $75-$125 per spade.

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Old 12-04-2012, 04:20 PM
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Customer's want to see the numbers broken down.
Never have I ever encountered this for a job like a mulch or clean up that are below $2000. They want to see one price. If they want a job like that itemized they are not a customer for me.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:43 PM
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I still have never fully understood this "price per yard" of mulch and how it can vary due to whatever.... Is it just throwing mulch on the beds or are you prepping them too as in edging, cleaning, etc....? I've had 1 job in 11 years that was mulch only. Most are clean, trim bushes, edge beds, pull weeds, install mulch. If I calculate it on a per yard basis most of my jobs would be $150-$200+ per yard. But I am an hours + material + profit = job cost type of person. If you're just actually only installing the mulch with ZERO prep I can see a per yard price working but still gets fuzzy. But again most of my jobs are trim, edge, clean, mulch...

He asked what our price per yard was. So that's what I answered. You don't know how much you charge per yard for each mulch type? My price can vary based on if I'm using a wheel barrow to haul it 50 yards or 20 feet. Or if that 50 yards is up hill or down hill. I'm not saying I itemize client's clean up/mulch invoices, but when I work up the project total before the estimate is sent out, it gets itemized on my end so I know what I'm dealing with. It's all in a lump sum total for all work provided when the client gets the estimate(hedge trimming, bed clean up, mulch, etc...). I do know what I charge per yard because that's how I arrive at the price for that particular part of the project. I get several mulch only jobs each season. And for the most part, all landscape beds in this area are bordered with some type of border edging and don't require edging, which I guess is a pretty common thing in other parts of the country. I think maybe it's just a regional difference.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:52 PM
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:06 PM
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The problem most guys have is not being able to walk away from work that doesn't meet their pricing needs. And if you can't meet your pricing you're either way too high (VERY doubtful) or your market truly cannot afford what you need. Listen, I'm part time and like I said can cherry pick what jobs I want so I'm in a unique situation. Don't like my price? Take the next guy then and gamble on service quality and/or dependability. I've quoted many many jobs I "lost". But for the ones I do get its soo much sweeter. Rarely do I ever budge when someone gives me the "look" when I give them a price. I'm completely nice about it and thank them for their time and thinking of my business, explain why I may be higher, and then I leave. Some shake hands and agree others just say no.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:49 PM
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labor (60 per man hr) + materials.
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