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How much do you charge for Mulch Install?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by recycledsole, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    The problem most guys have is not being able to walk away from work that doesn't meet their pricing needs. And if you can't meet your pricing you're either way too high (VERY doubtful) or your market truly cannot afford what you need. Listen, I'm part time and like I said can cherry pick what jobs I want so I'm in a unique situation. Don't like my price? Take the next guy then and gamble on service quality and/or dependability. I've quoted many many jobs I "lost". But for the ones I do get its soo much sweeter. Rarely do I ever budge when someone gives me the "look" when I give them a price. I'm completely nice about it and thank them for their time and thinking of my business, explain why I may be higher, and then I leave. Some shake hands and agree others just say no.
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  2. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    labor (60 per man hr) + materials.
     
  3. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 351

    I pay $30 a yard for mulch and charge no less than $80 per yard to haul it and put it down. For this, I also include one treatment of Snapshot when the mulch goes down.

    I charge extra for shrub trimming - $5-$10 for most small to mid size shrubs

    I charge $1 per foot for edging with my bed edger.

    I do run a special in March where I knock off 25% of the installation price ($12.50 per yard) just to get the cashflow coming in and attract new customers! I call it Mulch Madness. It's a big hit because most people around here are basketball nuts!
     
  4. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128


    He asked what our price per yard was. So that's what I answered. You don't know how much you charge per yard for each mulch type? My price can vary based on if I'm using a wheel barrow to haul it 50 yards or 20 feet. Or if that 50 yards is up hill or down hill. I'm not saying I itemize client's clean up/mulch invoices, but when I work up the project total before the estimate is sent out, it gets itemized on my end so I know what I'm dealing with. It's all in a lump sum total for all work provided when the client gets the estimate(hedge trimming, bed clean up, mulch, etc...). I do know what I charge per yard because that's how I arrive at the price for that particular part of the project. I get several mulch only jobs each season. And for the most part, all landscape beds in this area are bordered with some type of border edging and don't require edging, which I guess is a pretty common thing in other parts of the country. I think maybe it's just a regional difference.
     
  5. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    My price would be mulch install only any addtional work = + $
     
  6. Denlinger326

    Denlinger326 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    Around here in ohio mulching is so screwed up!! We are constantly fighting against companies who are appling mulch for $50 a yard (weekend warriors). I always try to stay around the $75-$100 a yard mark prepped and installed. I was recently told by one of our big apartment communities we service that brickman gave them a price of $42 a yard!!! If things keep going like that here i'll be forced to shut the doors. Im NOT doing it cheaper, too much physical work for that type of pay!
     
  7. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128

    I really enjoy mulch installs. I think it is one of the quickest ways to enhance and update a landscape. I'm quick and efficient with it and I think it's fun. I also enjoy sod installs so maybe I'm just a little weird!
     
  8. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    Nope I feel the same way. Both services really make an instant change in the look of a landscape. I like doing sod jobs too.
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  9. lawn_jockey

    lawn_jockey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 227

    We have been at $90 per yard since 2005. We only use premium 3cft bags of Hardwoods. nothing else.
    We are often asked to lay red mulch or black dyed mulch.
    I tell them no. Hardwoods only. take it or leave it. They always just take it.
    I won't have my guys roaming the streets for the rest of the day with red stained pants.

    Also sourcing product is simple. 5 mulch jobs today...one product ....### of bags.

    We deliver and install and leave the trash bags on the curb.
    Easy delivery and cleanup. If we have extra bags, easy to haul away.

    darned large photos
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    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013
  10. lawn_jockey

    lawn_jockey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 227

    Also if there is any weed pulling or bed cleanup needed prior to throwing down mulch we let them know and do not lay mulch until it approved or denied. We do bed cleanups for $100 per hour 3man crew.

    This year we are raising the Bed cleanups to $120 per hour.
     

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