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Best way to price Mulching jobs??

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by BryantLandscape, Oct 9, 2004.

  1. BryantLandscape

    BryantLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    Just wanted to see if anyone had an easy formula for pricing a mulching job, I know there are some formulas out there...thanks :cool2:
     
  2. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Posts: 2,571

    you can do a search and get tons on info on this........but......

    I charge $66 per yard installed, barring any special situations, like very long distances to move mulch, etc....

    I charge more to weed and to edge.......

    Derek
     
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    Also, a consideration to this is what kind of mulch is going down. Some hardwoods are quite a bit more than others. This (by the yard) is about the best way to do it, though.
     
  4. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 471

    My pricing varies depending on if the area is packed with plants or wide open, how far do I have to wheelbarrow the mulch, and of course pricing for the type of mulch they want. A good general rule of thumb I use is to multiply material cost x 2.3. Example 5 yards of dyed hardwood @ $28.00 per yard= $322.00. Hope this helps.
     
  5. jsaunders

    jsaunders LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,781

    I charge $75 per yard and pick up mulch for $22 per yard. I really dont like doing mulch, I find it is really labor intensive and the money isn't that good. I will probably raise prices to close to 100 per yard. Joel
     
  6. treedoc1

    treedoc1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 319

    $75 a yard (100 sq ft) for edging and refreshing an existing bed
    $100 a yard (100 sq ft) for new beds

    Double shredded hardwood costs just over $9 a yard.

    If the client wants colored or cypress the extra per yard charge is added to the base rate. ($14-$24 a yard)
     
  7. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,309

    $65 per yard here, I pay $19 a yard. Not a bad money maker for us, one guy busting butt can do 2 yds an hour, not much involved, shovel, rack & wheelbarrow.
     
  8. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,564

    $50/yard here, but costs $22/yd
    have recently gone to bagged --$24.00/yd but can spread 2 yds /hr easy
     
  9. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205




    Please explain the difference between a new bed and an existing bed..............
     
  10. treedoc1

    treedoc1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 319

    New bed is stripping the existing turf off and putting a 5-6" cut edge.
    Existing bed is putting a 5-6" cut edge on the existing perimeter. This keeps the mulch from cascading down and over into the turf.
    We use full steel strap nursery spades or King of Spades and keep the shovel edge filed daily. The extra $25 for 100sqft more than covers skimming off the turf. On new beds we are also typically installing plant material and recover even more profit from the plant install.
    We mulch to a depth of 3". Turn and smooth old mulch, add new to the 3" depth.
     

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