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Old 04-14-2014, 01:36 PM
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so did it end up being 5 or 10 to 15 yards of mulch?
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:48 PM
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I haven't done many mulch jobs myself.. but my concern with the cheap mulch would be what happens if the customer isn't satisfied with that mulch? You may end up having a hard time collecting payment, or have to spend time getting things right for the customer just to get paid. As mentioned by others in this thread.. I'd also just take it on the chin and do it right and call it a lesson learned. Doing a good quality job the right way can open doors for refferals..
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:49 PM
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Aint that the truth. There is a place around here that has free mulch. The wood part looks nice, but Its like a 60/40 blend of hiway mulch with McDonalds cups and cigarette butts.

Really, instead of trying to save this project, I'd recomend learning from it. Time different areas even. Set a good per yard price for mulch and deco barks, then learn how long it takes to clear flowerbeds depending on how bad they are. Bid the next job and make money.

IMO, The bags suck for any kind of volume
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:34 PM
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Don't do it, it looks like sh*** within a month or so, attracts bugs, and breaks down real fast. Using that mulch is like towing your equipment with a Geo metro your not going to look professional.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:51 PM
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Is this dishonest?

So I underestimated a mulch/yard cleanup job for this lady. I quoted her at $450 for 45 bags of mulch and the yard cleanup which involved bed prep and trimming about 30 feet of pampas grass. I already have 8 hrs in for the cleanup and still have to put down the mulch with a helper. Upon my many trips to the local dump, I noticed the mulch available for free to residents is nice quality double shredded. They make it at the dump. I've decided to save my self about $300 in bagged mulch and go with the free bulk stuff from the recycle center.
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To answer your question, yes...If you promised to install bagged mulch, it would be dishonest to install anything besides bagged mulch.
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Wait. You were only going to make $150 on your original quote of mulching cleanup and grass cut down? It wouldnt be worth your time to begin with. Just learn from your mistakes and charge more next time but do the job right this time
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:22 AM
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You end up with a review on yelp stating "paid for 45 bags of quality mulch and owner put down low grade free mulch from the recycle yard
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:56 AM
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Wait. You were only going to make $150 on your original quote of mulching cleanup and grass cut down? It wouldnt be worth your time to begin with. Just learn from your mistakes and charge more next time but do the job right this time
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This.. I mean for just laying out 5 yards of mulch, you should be charging closer to $175 I would think. Not even considering time spent on the other stuff...
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:20 PM
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This.. I mean for just laying out 5 yards of mulch, you should be charging closer to $175 I would think. Not even considering time spent on the other stuff...
I know it all depends on the area, but just mulch labor would be 250+ ($50-$75 / yard for labor) and then the cleanup based on your hourly rate after that. I know that I can make money with one other guy at $75/hour for cleanups
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:19 PM
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45 bags of shredded hard wood or shredded pine bark from Lowes should only be about $140. You can't spread 45 bags by yourself ? Even with a helper should go real quick and you should come out without losing too bad.
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