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How much do you charge for mulch per hour?

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

  1. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,794

    Not necessarily
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  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Not necessarily
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  3. Horizon Jay

    Horizon Jay LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    Ive been bidding every job individually for the last 8 years and then I noticed a pattern. Most mulch jobs are ending up being $100 a yard installed, pruning edging everything. Some places it wont work if they have a ridiculous amount of shrubs or edging but, I just did an 80 yard job for $8,400 and a 4 Yd job for $480 & everything inbetween. (I always add on for delivery and dump fee. We make money on jobs like this and its easy to calculate. I get mulch for $20 a yard (dyed / regular, cypress is more). Hourly would all depend on how many people u have working onsite. Hope this helps, Good luck!
     
  4. RakenShovel

    RakenShovel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    for a job I just did...mulch already delivered. 13 yards of mulch and 350 ft hand edged and cleaned up. The whole job took 8 hours(including waiting, a trip for drinks, and some small breaks)

    the mulch total alone was 455(a little lower due to being an elderly friend of my mothers) so even at the 8 hour rate it was 57 an hour. The actual total for JUST the mulching time would be higher than that.
     
  5. Horizon Jay

    Horizon Jay LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    How many guys are on your crew and how much are you paying/charging for a yard of mulch? Im all about making $ but damn. If your charging $35 a yard of mulch $57 an hour then good for you! :clapping: Im sure different rates apply for different demographics and areas.
    I work for mostly high end residential and we make money and get referrals with our pricing so to all others, Dont let it sway you. (also use it as a ballpark. someone wants a price quick you can always OVER estimate to be safe. Of course you should measure as well! Eyeballs get you close but its easy to miss something. )
    You want to maximize your profit but at the same time you want them to feel good about the price they pay so they come back and tell a friend as well. Word of mouth has brougt me from working by myself to having two crews running and I am VERY happy with that. If your small like me this formula works. If your a large company with high overhead... It Probably wont work. Good luck to all! :usflag: Merica!
     
  6. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,484

    ouch around here, for 2 yards of mulch people are paying 250-400 delivered and installed and the mulch could cost anywhere from 22 dollars a yard to 31 for 100% hemlock.
     
  7. RakenShovel

    RakenShovel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32



    Just a two man crew. The client has actually contacted me twice more to tell me about how happy she is with the work and how beautiful it is. We far exceeded her expectations and also have two more referral jobs from her word of mouth :D
     
  8. Horizon Jay

    Horizon Jay LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    2 guys at $57 x 8 hrs =$912 + $455 mulch = $1,367. Am I missing something here? ($100 yd plus delivery formula for me would be $1,380 @ 13 yards)

    Great job RakenShovel Im glad they were happy. :drinkup: Was not a stab at you with the rest of my post. more informational (at least my opinion) for someone who may be looking for help. Your keeping more of the $ than me! Well done!
     
  9. RakenShovel

    RakenShovel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    the 455 for mulch was just for installation...the client paid for and had the mulch delivered herself. I had no expense or charges for that. the whole job totaled 700(455 for mulch installation plus some shrub removal and the edging) with a 60/40 split of pay. The only out of pocket expense I had on this job was gas for the truck. the total of 420(my share) actually came out to 52.50 an hour..I dunno where the 7 came from earlier..mistake on my part, there.
     
  10. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,715

    $700 / 16 MH's is $43.75 PMH

    The ONLY expense you have is gas? No other operating expenses, and your truck/equipment landed on your doorstep one day?

    $44 for labor is still a good rate.
     

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