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Old 03-21-2014, 04:38 PM
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Mulch Install Questions Regarding Time and Effort

Hey everyone, I am a solo teenage operation and was asked to do a mulch install this year. I know how to price the job and how much is needed, but my question is how much TIME is involved in installing one yard of mulch? It is the basic double shredded hard wood and is bagged, the install is 12 yards...

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Old 03-21-2014, 04:43 PM
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How did you price it if you don't know how long its going to take?
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:15 PM
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I'm sorry I meant to say I don't know how to price it without the time per yard... Whoops

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Old 03-21-2014, 05:29 PM
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It will take one guy all day to do 12 yards alone, clean up, touch up around plants. 300-600 in labor depending how legit of a business your running. If they want 12 an hour tell them to put a ad on Craig's list.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:32 PM
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Buy a bag of mulch, open it up, spread it on a planter bed or berm. Time how low it will take you to spread the bag of mulch times the number of bags it takes to make a yard of mulch and you have your answer.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:37 PM
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While I'm all about moving to bags this year, I really think you should consider getting a truckload delivered for this job. 12 yards is a nice amount of mulch.

What you need to consider is how long it's going to take you to pick up 12 yards work of bagged mulch, if they're 2 cubic ft, thats 162 bags. Weighing nearly 5 tons. There's no way you have the capability of picking that up in one shot, most medium sized companies don't even have it, cuz it's not just weight, it's ability to hold that many cubic feet.

If you have a 1500 series or so truck, you can't put more than a ton in the bed, so you're looking at 5 trips, at ten each way, you wasted 100 minutes of labor for driving time. Not including loading or paying.

If the supplier is more than 10 minutes away, get it delivered in bulk. Lay out tarps for the driveway. The cheaper rate per yard will cover the delivery fee.

12 yards is going to take 10-12 hours solo to lay, not including prep time. Edging will add a lot more, and so will weeding and hedge trimming.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:55 PM
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So that's a long time... any advice to make it go faster?

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Old 03-21-2014, 06:10 PM
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So that's a long time... any advice to make it go faster?

Your question leads me to believe your in over your head already. Unless you bid this mulch job with at least 2 helpers, don't bother.
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:15 PM
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Your question leads me to believe your in over your head already. Unless you bid this mulch job with at least 2 helpers, don't bother.
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Couldn't agree more. Don't mess with bagged mulch with a job that large, key to speed is labor. If you're on your own, good luck.
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:20 PM
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It also depends on how far you have to wheel it. Short haul obviously increases the amount you can spread. Good luck.
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