30 trees mulched

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by pines, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. pines

    pines LawnSite Member
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    how much would you charge to mulch 30 trees with 3' radius mulch beds and around 2.5" of mulch?
  2. pines

    pines LawnSite Member
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    Forgot to mention in the previous request that the beds need to be created a swell. Thanks
  3. sodzilla

    sodzilla LawnSite Member
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    3 x 3 x 30 = 270sqf, One yard of mulch at 3" would do 100 sqf.
    2" would do 200sqf. I'd buy 2 yard and make it work. Depending on mulch it costs me 15-$20 a yard. Charge 45-$50 a yard to install. Some uys talk about getting over $60 a yard to install but my area wont alow it.
  4. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
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    well, sounds like some math homework to do here...
    3' radius, or 6' diameter, comes out to be about 28.25 sq ft per tree,
    times 30 trees = 848 sq ft of mulch area

    at 2.5" depth = 177 cubic feet of mulch, or 7 yards to give some extra.

    so, figure cost of 7 yards of mulch, time to spread it, and time to dig out the circles, and then disposal of the grass dug out.

    sounds like a big job, so you have to estimate how efficiently you can do this with you/your crew.

    personally, I have never done this work enough to get a good time estimate, but I would estimate taking about 20 minutes per tree, so 10 hours to dig the circles. Then probably another 10 to fill and remove debris. so I am looking at 20 hours labor plus materials and mark up.

    blind guess here $1500

    let's see how off I am compared to those of you who do more of this everyday.

    Hope this helps, at least it will give you a starting point?

    JUST A NOTE - I worked this up in about 10 minutes, if i was actually doing the bid, I would spend more time researching to bid accordingly, so go easy here.
  5. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
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    Well you are lookin at a tad over 2 yrds, i would go ahead and get 2.5 yrds of mulch.
    Which would equal 282 linear ft of edging. I would charge $197 for edging, plus $162.50 for mulch and installation and $100 for roundup and pre-m for a total of $459.50
  6. sodzilla

    sodzilla LawnSite Member
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    oops, radius not diameter. My bad.
  7. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    twins, you're running about $215/yard for the install. that seems pretty high to me. For edgin and bed prep i'd run somewhere from $60-90/yard depending on location and what type of mulch they want to use.

    Also, i'd stick w/ 3" in estimates, some trees may need 2" however some may need 2.5-3.5" here and there. It's better to have a little extra material left over than to have to thin it out at the end. Plus you never know if the guy at the yard is shorting you at load time. I've had 7 yard orders come out real close to 6 yards of material.

    I'd figure 30 tree's at about 8.5 yards of material (that 1/2" adds up quick). However the i could name a price of $510 ($60/yd). Perhaps $637.50 is the right number? or what about $765? Pricing each job is different. there are many factors to be considered but if they aren't meeting pines' bottom line numbers what good is that going to do him?

    This business is all about knowing your numbers and knowing what you want to make for profit and coming as close to that number as possible.
  8. Zach76

    Zach76 LawnSite Member
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    Twins calculations are very close to what I would do. A little high on the overall mulch usage cuz of the trunk of the tree and a 2 inch area around it where no mulch would be put. I'd order 6.5 yards. Also I think 15 man-hours of labor would be plenty. My estimate would be between $1200 and $1300.
  9. Flipperneck

    Flipperneck LawnSite Member
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    If you don't know or are not sure you'll either lose the job or screw yourself. Charge your hourly for prep work then charge 60 bucks a yard for the install this way no one gets screwed. Or take the hit and chalk it up as a lesson learned and do it at your best est.
  10. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
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    Ahh raduis, i misread that......well forget my figures then............Edging would be $395 mulch and installation would be $552.50 and $100 for roundup and pre-m for a total now of $1047.50

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