How much to charge for spreading 125 bales of pine needles?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Logan's Lawn Care, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. Logan's Lawn Care

    Logan's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    I was wondering what you all would charge to spread 125 bales of pine needles? The customer already has the bales at his property because it was a trade on pine needles for tires/mechanical work. He has asked me to spread them tomorrow along with trimming grasses. I will have a friend helping me spread them and it is just spreading, no bed edging or major bed cleanup. Would 3.50 a bale be a good price on the labor for spreading them? The customer told me to go ahead and start tomorrow cause ive got time and said just to let him know what he owes me anytime. He is a friend so I want to give him a good deal but need to still make some good money.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Ok his your friend that's fine.:waving:
     
  3. Logan's Lawn Care

    Logan's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    So at 3.50 is this undercutting myself since I will have to pay someone to help me? It is a very big property with 1/4th of the area on a steep slope that has to have needles. Sorry for all the questions I am just catching on to pricing. I am usually at 7.50 a bale spread if i pay for the bales.
     
  4. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You don't do that to a friend. :waving:
     
  5. Logan's Lawn Care

    Logan's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    Sorry I meant I usually charge 7.50 per bale including the cost of the bale. Is this what you meant by not doing that to a friend?
     
  6. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I would do them for 3.50 all day long.
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  7. Joel D

    Joel D LawnSite Member
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    $3.50 x 125 = $437.50 I can usually throw down about 15-20 and hour solo so two guys should be able to do 30-40 an hour. At most it will be a 5 hour job with a break or two. So even if you pay someone to help $10 an hour you will still make like $380. Not bad if you ask me.
     
  8. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm at $2 a bale. A couple of guys should be able to knock that out in 4 hrs max.
     
  9. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I charge 3.00 per bail labor.
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  10. Logan's Lawn Care

    Logan's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    I ended up charging 3 per bail. I also had to cut back around 35 pompous grasses. The bails were dropped off all in one area (which was very far from where they had to be spread). What took my friend and I so long was the back side of the house is on such a steep slope that we had to prop our feet against a trunk of a bush to not slide back down the hill. So I had to toss bails up the hill to my friend standing at the top. This area took at least 50-65 bails. I was there for around 6-7 hours and my friend was there for around 5.
     

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