Estimating mulching

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Vandora Lawn & Landscape, Dec 19, 2000.

  1. Vandora Lawn & Landscape

    Vandora Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    How do you guys estimate mulching? I know how to figure costs based on size, but I'm not sure how to estimate the size? Any special techniques?
     
  2. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
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    Get a wheel, like Ed said. I've tried them all and the wheel is the easiest and fastest way to go..
     
  4. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    And if you do buy a wheel make sure it has a large diameter whhel as it is more accurate and rolls easier.
     
  5. Vandora Lawn & Landscape

    Vandora Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've got the wheel and have been making squares, just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything. Cool. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
     
  6. powerreel

    powerreel Banned
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    Does everyone figure 1 man hour per yard to spread?
     
  7. Vandora Lawn & Landscape

    Vandora Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I figure .75 man hour per yd. With two guys I can usually spread 3 yds per hour. If the site is hard to work on then its 1 man hour per yd.
     
  8. chrisbolte

    chrisbolte LawnSite Member
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    Our company does it different than many. We charge a flat rate per yard. This way we never take a beating. I would recommend to try that.
     
  9. leeslawncare

    leeslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I charge 65 per yard .i get it for about 18 per yard so that leaves me with 47$ per yard.
     
  10. cleancut

    cleancut LawnSite Member
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    Some of you guys seem to make this mulch estimating to difficult..If you've been in the biz for a little while you should be able to just look at a job and estimate the amount of mulch..All of this measuring with a wheel just seems to me to be a waste of time..I've always been able to eyeball a job within a 1/2 yard of mulch..And that little bit extra can just be added to the beds..No big deal..I don't mean to bash any of your methods but it just seems like a little much..Clean-Cut
     

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