I have an "In" at this Business Center and they are not pleased with current landscaper, and snowplowing. So they have approached me with their mulching needs as well as flower beds, with the understanding that I will take over contract at the end of fall for plowing and lawn maintenance for next year as they have a current contract with unsatisfactory landscaper. They have two other proposal from other companies but say it is mine if I want it. This is the insane part. One company told them that the property needs 5 yards of mulch at $150.00 and $40 and hour labor Based on 10 hours of spreading.... lol.. Ten hours for five yards you got to be kidding me!! But that is not what is perplexing me. The other company gave them a quote of of $160 of mulch which in our area means the property needs 5 yards.. and $741 of labor based on $35 an hour?? that equals to 20 hours!! you got to be kidding me.....20 hours?? for 5 yards well I go through the walkt hrough and immediately tell this person without measuring that this area needs 15 to 20 yards of mulch at a width 3" depth.... they look at me like i have two heads!! they tell me the other companies quoted 5.. Now I'm rubbing my eyes thinking I have been hit over the head and my eyesight is wrong... but after checking again I was sure I was right. so here is my measurements of the mulching areas. You tell me. 2 beds 8'x8' 1 bed 158'x6' 2 beds 24'x8' 2 beds 44'x8 I come out with 18 to 20 yards. 15 yards if I skimp......and three guys 4 hours to spread as we can back the trucks right to each bed... So it seems to me that the both companies are inflating (obviously) their wages to offset their low estimate of mulch needed...... with the top one still a bit low... What do you think? And if so what should I do? Should I do the same or call these other guys out?