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advice on mulch price

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by lawnboy82, May 14, 2001.

  1. ok. i got a job the other day doing mulch. i will be putting down roughly 30 yards or so. the brown stuff. there is a place i can get it for 13 or 14 dollars a yard delivered. so that is 420 for the mulch. i am charging 35 per yard. so that is 1050 according to my calculator. so i make 600 dollars just off the materials. then i am getting 25 dollars per man hour to apply the stuff. my laborers cost me 110 per day for one guy. and 100 per day for the rest of them. i may get a bobcat for a day to move the stuff around with. so that will be i guess 350 for the day. and it costs me maybe 200? but i have to move it and what not. i am gonna assume that this will take me what? a day? day and a half? so that is 1050 for the mulch, and 2 guys to spread 1 to weed? and me in the bobcat. so 4 guys = 800 for the day and 350 for the machine. now if it takes me another day then that would be another 400 and the machine would go back i guess or if there is too much to move around i would do another day for another 350. so i am looking at a price for 30 yards of about 2500? for 30 yards of mulch. beds have to be weeded and edged. is that absurd? this is bedford, NY lots of millionaires. and this is a million dollar home here. according to the calculator that is about 83.3333 per yard. that i think is high. but my profits would be really nice. what would be a good number for that much work?
  2. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 955

    It seems like it might be a tad on the high side but if your busey just give the guy the number, if he goes for it good, if not on to other work. Thats what I've been doing latley, if I can't make good money then I don't want the job, it's not worth it.
  3. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    You might want to make the bed edging and weeding separate line items on the quotation to the client. Then the client can see more value for the money being charged. That would reduce your per/yard price for the mulching part of the job.
  4. T & M job. 35 per yard is what i get for just the mulch. then i get 25 dollars per man hour to apply it. the woman approved the rates and everything. but i dont know about hitting her up with a bill like that? because i think originally i had said to her that it would be about 1700 to clean the place up, do the mulch, and a lot of other stuff. however the mulch wasnt supposed to be 30 yards. i think only 12 at that time or something. but i was goin around on the machine and saw stuff so the 30 came into play because of the added areas, plus that is the smallest amount i can get delivered. what do you guys think now? i love going T & M on mulch and what not
  5. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,226

    lawnboy, just did 24 yards of the black mulch on saturday. mulch got their at 9:30 we started spreading it at 10 when we got done edging the beds. took a 40 minute break for lunch and finished the job at 4 that same day. 4 man crew using 2 8cubic ft. wheel barrels and a 6cubic ft. wheel barrel. the man with the 6cubic foot wheel barrel did all the little islands and trees, and me and the other guy were running the 8 cubic ft. wheel barrels to my father who would spread them after we dumped and let me add he isn't the faster spreader around. almost forgot installed 19 shrubs as well.

    did 8 yards of the black stuff yesturday at another funeral home for the company only 2 hours to spread that witha 3 man crew. and this weekend another 24 for a another funeral home owner bby that same company. i love it i never expected her to say ive me a price on mulching them(i cut them) after i gave her a price for the 2 i cut (3rd is cut by a over priced scrub that has worked for them for years) she wants me to mulch the one he cuts and to start maintaining all the landscapes at all 3. sad thing is that they won't give me the 1 the scrub cuts because they are very loyal to the people who work for them, but thats great for me knowing i will serve all their lawn and landscape needs as long as i want to.
  6. you are actually able to do 30 yards of mulch in one day with 4 guys? wow. no bobcat or anything that is great. you guys must really work hard.
  7. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,226

    yea, i wouldn't see a problem with doing 30 yards of mulcha day, i was looking to get out of their around 6 that same day but the 2 new guys i added to the crew worked like no tommorrow, and we installed 20 shrubs also, they worked so hard i had to give everyone a bonus on the job, and i still made $46 a hour, i took pictures of the place when i get them devolped i'll post them, only thing is its about 6 pics. because of how big it is. very spread out.

    just turned the bid in a hour ago for the last funeral home that company owns 25 yards of mulch and 15 shrubs that need to go in place of dead ones, or missing ones. i'll get the job can't wait to do it.

    i had the garden center deliver the mulch in 3 big dump truck, when i ordered it people behind me just looked at me like i was crazy, even crazyer when i pulled out $800 to pay for it on the spot.
  8. eskals

    eskals LawnSite Member
    Posts: 210

    One guy can lay roughly a yard an hour. Sometimes much faster, sometimes slower depending on how far you have to go, amount of plant material in the way, etc.

  9. John from OH

    John from OH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 144

    We use the 10 cubic feet wheelbarrows with the dual wheels. 3 full wheelbarrows is 1 yard. I expect my employees to wheel and spread 1.5 yards per hour on average jobs. Thats 4.5 wheelbarrow loads in an hour or about 13 minutes a load. You would be looking at about 20 production hours for that job plus your edging and weeding time.
  10. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,226

    wow, john if this seems right your guys were slacking it or we just fly. from my calculations we were doing 3.42 yards a hour and sprending. no lie.

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