Bark blowing - $300 for 3 yards?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by c.hutton, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. c.hutton

    c.hutton LawnSite Member
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    Hey, im just getting a little bark blowing business started and was wondering if i am realistic with my pricing. I have made up flyers and have a spring special of 3 yards composted bark blown in for $300. I can haul about 8 yards at a time so i can do a few jobs in one go. let me know what you think.

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  2. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Who will only need 3 yards? That's very little mulch isn't it?

    $100 dollars per yard........maybe in Beverly Hills.
     
  3. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
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    what most guys doing when blowing around here is their old install rate plus $75.00 a load and the time savings makes them the money but its all up to you i would say its closer to $250 for 3 yards

    Ron most every job we do is a 3 yard or less mulching.
     
  4. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
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    and again it all depends on the depth your installing at 2'' you need more per yard because your going farther on a cubic yard ....... and the blower will be thinner on a pass then by hand . other guys sell it by the weight when blowing it just a though
     
  5. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
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    IDK, I rented a bark blower before for a 80 yard job and of course it broke down and left us spreading the remaining 40 some yards by hand in 90 degree weather and about 70-80% humidity....that was fun. But, when it was working we seemed to use a lot less and it took about half the time to finish the final product. Around here guys are getting around 75-85/ yard installed plus maybe 25 bucks for a delivery fee. Your price seems to be in line (at least with our area). Heck if you were closer we would sub you out. A blower uses less product, leaves a better looking finished job. BTW nice set up.
     
  6. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    never mind flyers, I would contact all the other landscapers in your area and offer to have them sub you. Some guys around me have them, and almost every nursery has one, the landscaper just subs them out. The landscapers crew still does most the work, but the operator gets good money for maning the truck/hose.

    I think most HOs wouldn't know what blowing mulch is
     
  7. c.hutton

    c.hutton LawnSite Member
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    Sorry i should have said, my minimum is 250$ and then from there its about 50$ a yard. there are 2 big blower companies around here but they are a 800$ minimum, so i want to get everything under that. i will be getting something out to the landscapers shortly.
     
  8. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Senior Member
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    Cool set up. I have been using recycled yard waste compost instead of bark to mulch beds. Can your machine handle that kind of product?
     
  9. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
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    in my spare time i crunched numbers and i recant my statement .
    It would have to be a $300.00 3 yard load as a minimimum . And depending on other factors i would be happier at $350 for 3. it cost alot more for that unit then our old small discontinued finn
     
  10. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    It all depends how big the job is for a big job like 100 to 300 yards you should be negotiable
     

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