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Old 03-18-2005, 05:31 PM
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Can't land a big job to save my life!!!!

I've bid on big mulch jobs out the yang and can't get a one. Current bid will be for 7026 sq ft of beds to be mulched. Could someone let me know if 65 yards sounds right? I can't figure out for the life of me what I'm doing wrong.
The mulch runs me 18.33 per yard. I figured on somewhere between 35 and 40 per yard installed. Does this sound right?
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Old 03-18-2005, 05:35 PM
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65 yards will give you 3" of mulch. I'd charge about $3,600 for that if not much prep.
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Old 03-18-2005, 05:54 PM
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Thanks Polecat. I figured around 3200.00 maybe I've been bidding too low.
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Old 03-18-2005, 08:39 PM
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Are you communicating to the customer exactly how many yards of mulch at 3in. The low bidders might not be.
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Old 03-19-2005, 09:31 AM
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I'm not sure about your area but I get between 55-65 installed!
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Old 03-19-2005, 10:42 AM
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If you are just topdressing, you don't need 3 inches of mulch. 1-2 at the most. Maybe that's why you aren't getting the jobs- everyone else is/will be using less mulch?


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Old 03-20-2005, 10:10 AM
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Exactly my thoughts.. too much mulch! Try bid at 50yds
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Old 03-20-2005, 01:46 PM
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i also agree with dan

only on new applications do we price it thick.
on refresh jobs 1-2 inches is all you need.
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Old 03-20-2005, 02:36 PM
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Going rate here is 3-4 X cost installed, which translates to somewhere between $75-$100. That's based on info from other LCO's, though. It's my first year. I underbid my first job by about half, then found out this info. I'd say I left $500-$700 on the table. Oh well, live and learn.

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Old 03-22-2005, 04:54 PM
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Thanks for all the info . These beds have never been mulched before so it is a new install and will need 3". I talked to the guy managing the property and though he wouldn't't tell me what exactly the competition bid he did say there was only pocket change difference in our pricing.
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