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how much time for mulch?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by bobbygedd, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    did some mulch today. i timed two yards. pitch it out of truck, into wheelbarrow, and dump in beds, that were real close to truck( no more than 30 feet). how long should it take one man to do this?
  2. workaholic

    workaholic LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 260

    I would estimate 2 hours
  3. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
    from N/A
    Posts: 925

    You left out how many bed's and there size so I would have no clue.
  4. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    maybe 1 1/2 hrs?
  5. juststarting023

    juststarting023 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 84

    around 2 to 2.5 hrs
  6. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    need more info BG..no plants? a few? many? # of plants in the beds makes all the difference in productivity
  7. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Posts: 1,579

    It's not how long it took you but how long you bid ... site unseen I'd go 1yd3 per hour.
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    like i said, just make piles in beds, nothing more than pitch, roll, and dump, 30 feet max. believe it or not, client wanted to spread it himself?????;) said he needed "something to do sunday, to keep himself busy."
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    what i'm trying to do, is time myself down to the minute for different types of jobs. i started a small retaining wall(i'll post pics when done), and i'm timing myself so i can then charge per foot, or per 5 ft section, i'm not sure yet, but i want to be able to price very accurately on all the services we do. so i timed my mulch yesterday. not rushing, but at a reasonable pace, because this will be the pace during the summer heat, etc.
  10. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Posts: 1,579

    Bobby ...thats great that your starting to keep production records.We have years of them. Just remember that it will change once you have employees... When your keeping track of your walls keep separate notes on your base level ... you should be charging more for that course , it can be 50% of the time spent on a wall ... I hope Im being clear .... example would be a wall that is 200 blocks long(one course) will take you much longer than a wall 40 long by 5 high. We include excavation and the base prep with the first course.

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