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Old 03-02-2014, 10:41 PM
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pricing mulch

So on a job one of the neighbors asked if we offer mulching and if we can construct a garden bed. He just wants us to add a cement liner around a current bed. Idk what they're called but ives seen them at Lowes. Just like a border... But I've never done that so idk how to even price it. I mean, doing it for a client. Did a garden bed for a family member though.
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:20 AM
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Are you asking how much to charge to install mulch or to lay a border?
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:29 AM
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$70- 100 a cu us for mulch. $3-5 dollar a ft on the paver edging.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:52 AM
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He wants us to re-do all the mulch in his yard, and lay a border around this one area.

and CU? Sorry, I sucked at geometry. :/ That's 1sq ft right?
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:36 AM
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He means he charges between 70-100 per cubic yard of mulch. Your price may be a lot different depending on how much you have to pay for mulch in your area and how much profit you want to make. I'm at 85-110 per cubic yard depending on the type of mulch. Your price may be different though. I have no idea about the border you are talking about though.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:03 AM
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We charge the price of the mulch plus our hourly rate. It typically takes a two man crew about an hour to lay a yard of mulch. Always look at your profit margin after expenses and any workers are paid. You don't want to end up doing a job for free.

As far as the border install is concerned, you can use the same rule. If you are picking it up, be sure to account for that time also. We are in business to make money, not do favors. I hope this helps!!!
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:35 AM
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And donjrduck brings up another good point. The time it takes different people to do different things can vary greatly. He is at about two man hours per yard. I'm at around 1 man hour per yard of mulch, give or take 10%. So that point really drives home the fact that you need to know how long it takes to perform different work so you know how to charge to make a profit.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:27 AM
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Prices are so different from areas. Around here my mulch is 60-70$ per cubic yard. Means If I would charge 100$/cubic yard to install mulch, i would only make 30-40$ bucks, minus the employees and overhead, you guys must have cheaper mulch then me lol.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:42 AM
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[QUOTE=donjrduck;4973984]We charge the price of the mulch plus our hourly rate. It typically takes a two man crew about an hour to lay a yard of mulch. Always look at your profit margin after expenses and any workers are paid. You don't want to end up doing a job for free.

Two man crew one hour for one yard of mulch that seems like a long time to me.
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:09 PM
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price differs according to how hard I have to work. If I wheelbarrel 20 feet or 150 feet makes a difference in price. I'm near the same price as Woody - $85-110. Bid a little high - you can always come down on price. As for the border, cost + markup + time to get materials + labor ($3/foot) = total.
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