How much do you charge for mulch per hour?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by LawnMowerKing10, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Most of the responses are,we don't charge per hr . Another words ,mulch cost say 25 a yd and I will charge 75 a yd installed. So if your labor rate is say 40 hr your not really going to charge 65 ,you might just have a set rate per yard.
     
  2. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    $175.00 :cool2:
     
  3. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i don't guess anyone would hire you at that price where i live. :laugh:

    how much is your total? $250 for 1 yard and hr of labor?
     
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    yeah everyone has or should have a set rate or a flat rate but i was just trying to answer the original question about the labor charge only per hr.
     
  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Well if he always charges 20 or 50 and hr that's what he;ll go with.
     
  6. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    We're actually considered "cheap."

    $70 purchase & install, prep is separate.

    You asked hourly rate, 1 man and 1 machine can dump 10 CY's of mulch per hour...

    $35 PCY for labor x 10 CY per hour = $175 PMH for labor.
     
  7. TuffTurfLawnCare

    TuffTurfLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    going rate around around here is 85-100 per yard installed. I buy mulch at $33/yard. when figuring your hourly wage (if charging per hour) don't forget to include your driving time to pick up the mulch, and drive time to the job site. You have to charge for all time you have in the job, including driving. Everyone around here has a one yard min charge.


    I don't bill anything by the hour. My.hourly charge is for my eyes only, the last thing you want is client watching the clock while you work. Then coming at you and saying, "well, you stopped to answer your phone for 5 min, then you stopped for to get a drink of water for a total of 10 min, then you left to get more mulch and since you weren't on my property, I'm not paying for that time since you may have done something else while you weren't here."


    This is why charging an hourly rate is bad. Its better to just the job as a whole including materials, time/labor, and fees. If your gonna charge hourly, why not charge per gallon of fuel used, or list your insurance costs as a per hour fee? The customer doesn't need to see what you make per hour. If you charge per hour and get a more efficent machine, you have just cut the profits out of that job. The goal of increasing efficiency is to make more profits, not make it cost less for the customer.
     
  8. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    HMMMMM removed my quote,, after reading all the other threads, I will say I don't know my hourly price. And since you have to put something here I put this.
     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2013
  9. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    he was only talking about the labor charge for 1 hr. not the price of mulch. i'm pretty sure he wasn't talking about using a machine either. just laying it by hand with bags or a shovel out of a truck.:laugh:
     
  10. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    WOW :dizzy:

    OK I charge $8.50 an hour, I use a garden trowel and a 5 gallon bucket :hammerhead:
     

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