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Old 01-02-2005, 03:03 PM
MImowerkid MImowerkid is offline
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mulch

I am preparing mulch prices for the next year and I see that I can get mulch for 26 to 40 dollers a yard here in lower MI at A place calles Angelo's for you guys in the area . I can deliver up to 3 yards at a time with my friends's dump . I think that my pricing will reflect like this :

mulch price per yard +$30labor = amount per yard installed
plus $35 and up delivery
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Cypress mulch= $70 yard installed plus delivery
Cedar mulch = $61 yard installed
does my prices sound right for 2 men working putting down 2 yards an hour paying 10 bucks per hour to the other man ? I'll be making 50 an hour with little expence other than gas which will be coverd under the 35 doller delivery fee

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Old 01-02-2005, 03:14 PM
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$70 a yard is on the high end here......at least your not loballing yourself i personally would say your prices are almost a tad high, but they are about there. i really dont know your market, but if it will support it, i say your good to go you did say you can buy mulch from $26-40/yd, and im thinking thats kinda high. we buy much much cheaper than that, but we buy by the tractor trailer load. is that wholesale or retail your buying at?
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Old 01-02-2005, 08:49 PM
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I agree, your price seems to high. The price of product is my first concern. Also, one employee should be able to spread 2 yards an hour ( mulch or bark not topsoil ) unless you have to park a couple houses away.
We do $37 a yard with $12 product cost. That's $50 per man hour.
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Old 01-02-2005, 09:20 PM
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GUys remeber its cypress and cedar mark. I would get about $55 for a yard that cost me around 20 bucks or so. so if you think about it your charging 30 dollars labor which is about how much i get for labor. SO I would say your right on. MAybe you could look into gettinga cheaper price on the mulch that seems to be what is killing you.
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:05 PM
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ya this place is pretty expensive but there aren't too many options in the area , their are even places that are more expensive, and I didn't know that one man could spread 2 yards and hour ? that is some good news, now i'll see if I can find some cheaper mulch with the same quality!Wish me luck ! Also most of the installs will be done in high end neighborhoods so I need to get the best available prouduct because it has to look good and last.great info keep it coming !
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:09 PM
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good luck. sounds like you got a level head. if your cost is more expensive you have to make up for it somewhere so that explains why you are a little high. we buy a lot cheaper than you so we arent as high, and we usually shoot by the tractor trailer load with our blower truck so we can cut costs a little there too. good luck. 2 yds for a man in an hour isnt hard to do either.
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Old 01-12-2005, 09:42 AM
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I am preparing mulch prices for the next year and I see that I can get mulch for 26 to 40 dollers a yard here in lower MI at A place calles Angelo's for you guys in the area . I can deliver up to 3 yards at a time with my friends's dump . I think that my pricing will reflect like this :

mulch price per yard +$30labor = amount per yard installed
plus $35 and up delivery
examples
Cypress mulch= $70 yard installed plus delivery
Cedar mulch = $61 yard installed
does my prices sound right for 2 men working putting down 2 yards an hour paying 10 bucks per hour to the other man ? I'll be making 50 an hour with little expence other than gas which will be coverd under the 35 doller delivery fee
THANKS GUYS IN ADVANCE!
The price is a little high, but not far off. I'm just a little concerned about your last statement (highlighted in red). I don't think you know your true operating cost? That $10/hr employee should be close to $13 (counting tax and wc) and what about your fixed expense etc.? You are doing what a lot of guys do and only see the dollar sign.

You might check into what their delivery fee's are at your supplier. The mulch yards can deliver 7 or so yards at $15 a trip here.
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Old 01-23-2005, 09:05 AM
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$50-$60/yard here.
costs are $22./yd for 2X shred hardwood.
$25 one time delivery fee no matter how much you buy.

that means it's still $25.00 if he has to make 4 trips to deliver 70 yards.
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