Bagged Mulch Question?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Fire/Grass, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. Fire/Grass

    Fire/Grass LawnSite Member
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    Is anyone buying bag mulch to do their mulching jobs? Do you charge by the bag? I think I read here some place that people charged double the cost per bag for the installation. Or if someone has a different way of figuring using bagged mulch, I would love to hear. Thanks for you time!
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    send a PM to HOOLIE...hell be able to help you, he started using bags this year instead of bulk mulch and hes been liking it a lot more than bulk. He'll be happy to help you im sure!!
  3. LandscapeMasterpieceGA

    LandscapeMasterpieceGA LawnSite Member
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    I charge $1.50 per 2cf bag for installation, I make more than I would with bulk, and it is actually easier to work with.
  4. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I get cypress for 1.67 per bag and deliver and install for 3.25.
  5. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i use bagged, if you do some research you will find that bulk mulch contains mold spores, theese shoot off more spores, and can dis color a house.
  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    I mainyl used all bulk material but for really small jobs, bagged is definitly easier! I use it when I do work in and around rowhome properties where bulk cant be dropped and the wheelbarrow don't always fit!
  7. Fire/Grass

    Fire/Grass LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    Guys, thanks for all your inputs. I'm going to run a bid over today to a lady I do work for. Tell me if you think this pricing is out of line!

    Mulch- 30 bags at $3 dollars per marking up to $6 per bag. Total $180

    Labor for cleaning out beds (lots of weeds) and reedging. $40 per hour at 3hrs

    Total for Job $300. This is around 2 yards of mulch. Plus I do her weekly mowing. Don't know if you all cut your everyday clients a break on your once or twice a year extra jobs.
  8. spcfoor

    spcfoor LawnSite Senior Member
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    I give my clients a 20% discount if they are a weekly client.
  9. SEKscag

    SEKscag LawnSite Member
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    If your bags are 2 cubic foot bags 3$/bag is a little high. I usually charge 1.50$/bag and make substantial profits. I can hand carry and lay close to 75 bags of mulch in an hour. 112$/hr is pretty good. I'd say the rest of your pricing is right on. I'd also cut them a deal for being a weekly client. Just my .02.
  10. Fire/Grass

    Fire/Grass LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    SEK, what are you getting the bags for? $1.50 is your mark up? Like stated, I'm paying $3 per bag!

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