How much do you charge for Mulch Install?

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

  1. georgiagrass

    georgiagrass LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks; we try to present a professional image while making ourselves as efficient and productive as we can.
     
  2. nickpturner

    nickpturner LawnSite Member
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    I've gone down to $50 per cubic yard installed on a 55 cubic yard residential job at 3" deep (very rich neighborhood). That included edging. When the beds are that large your edging time per yard goes down tremendously. Not to mention there were some places with stone edging. $70-85 is a more typical price per cubic yard for me. I always charge a separate delivery fee though, whether I'm delivering it myself our having it dumped by 4 different trucks on 3 different days (55 cubic yard job)!
     
  3. HRidgeLandscapes

    HRidgeLandscapes LawnSite Member
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    $50 per yard doesnt seem to profitable to me
     
  4. georgiagrass

    georgiagrass LawnSite Senior Member
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    That doesn't sound unreasonable for such a large mulch job. There are definitely economies of scale associated with that type of work. Hopefully, you were able to negotiate a favorable price for the large mulch order.
     
  5. OUTLANDER

    OUTLANDER LawnSite Senior Member
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    you dont seem to be doing the math with what you are saying...most people that charge $50 per yd are simply charging the price for mulch install and not including extra labor for bed prep as you said you do....So really you may be on the low end here hurting your own market. I do install some mulches at $50 per yd here in Ohio but my extra labor charges before install brings me competitive with most other companies
     
  6. nylesedwards

    nylesedwards LawnSite Member
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    i saw one guy on here saying that he charged $150 per yard. that included edging, weeding and all bed prep. i thought that was on the high end.
     
  7. nickpturner

    nickpturner LawnSite Member
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    It was cheaper hardwood bark, $18 per cubic yard for such a large order. The best I can do in central Indiana on average sized jobs is $20 for hardwood bark and $24 for dyed brown, red, and black (per cubic yard). My guy delivers for $10 within 15 minutes of his business so I rarely pick it up. It seems quicker to scoop mulch out of a pile on the ground than mess with getting it out of a trailer. If it's above 5 cubic yards I get it delivered. Does anyone think it's unprofessional to have mulch dumped on clients' driveways?
     
  8. HRidgeLandscapes

    HRidgeLandscapes LawnSite Member
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    We use all bag mulch
     
  9. OUTLANDER

    OUTLANDER LawnSite Senior Member
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    i wouldnt get dyed mulch dumped...hard to clean up.......i would never put it on a driveway, only the road if possible
     
  10. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    we've dumped on the driveway before but used a tarp, especially if it's dyed mulch.
     

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