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Estimating Mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JeffNY, May 23, 2008.

  1. JeffNY

    JeffNY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 257

    When your giving someone a price on mulch, is it ok to say $xx/yard, and I think it will take approx XX yards, give or take a couple? Or should I give an exact price and deal with it later if im off?
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    I always give them a ballpark figure. If it runs higher or lower they understand. You can't be exactly for sure how much mulch you'll actually use. It took me about 6 mulch jobs to be able to guesstimate within 1 yard.

    Going rate around here is $80- $85 a yard put down. Sometimes I see a job that invoves a more "surgical placement" and bed prep that I just charge for each yard + hauling + labor.
  3. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,086

    If you consider yourself a professional you should be able to give a proposal and not an estimate. It will separate the men from the boys.
  4. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    An estimate is just that, sometimes you're spot on, sometimes you need a bit more. Bid a bit higher on the estimate, that way if you do need an extra yard, you're still making money, and the client won't know that you underestimated.

    The whole, "separating the men from the boys thing," just because you can give a proposal and not an estimate, is just semantics, and BS.

    I'm a professional, but sometimes my estimate is wrong. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen. ...and I'm not a man, or a boy. :laugh:
  5. mtnzone

    mtnzone LawnSite Member
    Posts: 201

    There are alot pro's Pros who give estimates.


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