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$40 per yard too much for installed mulch??

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by anothertractor, May 3, 2005.

  1. anothertractor

    anothertractor LawnSite Member
    Posts: 61

    I am new in the business and have not yet done a mulch installation. I measured a job last night and called with a price. I is a 12 yard job and I quoted $40 per yard. The total of $480 sounded kind of high but I went with it. She was amazed to say the least. It was way too high for her. Can any of you tell me what a decent rate is? I can buy the mulch for $15 per yard and can haul about 5 yards at a time. I am in central VA if it helps. I want to give her a fair price and it is in a nice neighborhood that I do not do any work in at this time. I would like to get more work there. Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. gwwilson

    gwwilson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 89

    we charge between $ 65 /yd & $ 85 /yd
    costs mulch $ 22, express blower $19
    1 person watches over express blower
  3. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,432

    I charge around $60 depending on the price of mulch, it seems extremly high in my area..
  4. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,511

    55 to 75 just depends mulch plus delivery plus install no edging no weeding no pruning
  5. JRAZ

    JRAZ LawnSite Member
    from NW
    Posts: 143

    I go around 70.00 on average. Depends on site conditions as well as prep work may make it higher.
  6. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    I've had that a few times this year 1 was a 6 yrd job I charge 50.00/yrd + delivery I think the job with edging and weeding came out to be around $450.00 and the guy I thought was going to have a heart attack! He then said no thanks I'll get someone else, I said ok sir thank you for the opportunity. I drove by just out of curiosity and he had someone else do it all right mulch all over the driveway, mulch in the grass about 3-4 inches no edges, etc. I saw him again last week and asked him if he had found someone yet he said I sure did I asked him how much? He said he paid $265.00 for the whole job, I said wow thats a great deal! Mumbling on my way back to the truck "Dipsh_t it looked better before he touched it." payup
  7. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793

    Im in Central Virginia and I get 65.00 a yard installed.

    I get 45.00 a yard to install mulch that is already on site.

  8. Scottish LScape

    Scottish LScape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 82

    $40.00/yard + labor rate/man (cedar/browns)
    $45.00/yard + labor rate/man (reds)
    Labor includes edging out all beds.
  9. mad_wrestler

    mad_wrestler LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 339

    I get mulch at $28 per yard. I started my pricing at $55. I was getting quick replies of "YES!" so I raised my rates. I am at $80/yard delivered and installed. Still getting the "YES!" from customers, but don't want to press my luck I think $80 is just fine. From what I have learned just play with the numbers and see what the market will bare.
  10. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    $50 per yard installed, up to 15 yards.
    $45 per yard installed, after 16 yards or more.
    This is for lawn contract customers only.
    Otherwise add $5 to $10 per yard depending on the current condition of the beds.

    Also $.75 a foot for lawn contracts with edged beds from last year'
    $.85 a foot for lawn contracts with no edged beds from last year
    $1 a foot for anybody else and I don't care what the beds look like.

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