How much to charge to put down 13 bags of mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by longislandlawn, Jul 12, 2014.

  1. S&S Lawn ServiceLLC

    S&S Lawn ServiceLLC LawnSite Member
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    2 hrs+a little for gas.
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  2. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    20 to 30 minutes of work at best
     
  3. S&S Lawn ServiceLLC

    S&S Lawn ServiceLLC LawnSite Member
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    30 min.to 2 hours? What a spread! Now you've really confused this guy.
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  4. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
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    But theyre at two different locations and he has to pick the mulch up himself, he has to go out of his way and use his own vehicle and fuel and time to run errands for the customer, plus on top of that, deliver and spread the mulch.
    13 bags is over a yard of mulch assuming the bags are 3 cu ft bags.
    OP, do you know the size of the bags? 1,2 or 3 cu ft?
    Sometimes it can take a lot longer than expected to lay mulch considering how many shrubs and perennials he has to work around. What if the bed has 100 geraniums in it? It might not be as simple as opening the bag, dumping it out and raking it smooth.
     
  5. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I stock mulch..i.have it delivered to our office. If I had to go pick it up, add 30 minutes
     
  6. MarkintheGarden

    MarkintheGarden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It all depends on travel time and time to put it down.
    Estimate the time and apply your rate.
     
  7. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
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    Do they bring their own steak to a restaurant?
     
  8. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Youre allowed to bring your own wine but you have to pay a corkage fee.

    It pisses me off when a customer wants to buy their own materials because I dont make my markup.

    Once, a guy ordered some soil from a supply store, a homeowner can order it and it comes in a giant nylon bag, it gets delivered wherever you want on your front property by a big crane truck. The price was $96 for a yard. I jokingly told the guy I wouldve picked it up, delivered it and placed it in the garden for $100....so he had to pay me an additional hours labour.

    I can get the yard for $30 which gives me $70.... I think we both felt stupid at that point
     

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