Mulch by the hour?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mo-fleet, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. mo-fleet

    mo-fleet LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 33

    I've been using the search, but haven't found what I need.

    I charge $35 per hr to lay mulch. I get the mulch for $25 a yard. That's $60 a yard, and depending how much I got to crawl through, it might take more than an hour to put a yard down. Is this about right? Got any suggestions? I'm in south eastern PA btw.
     
  2. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Posts: 4,909

    send me a full financial disclosure of your business...........your overhead.....maybe some profit and loss statments, balance sheets, and tax returns........then i may be able to help you out with what you need to charge.... :cool2:
     
  3. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    LMAO....one of the best responses to a price question yet...so true, so very true. :rolleyes:
     
  4. mo-fleet

    mo-fleet LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 33

    Yeh,........funny. I see this answer on a lot of threads. Nice way to get more posts.

    Seriously, noone mulches? Or do you do it for free?
     
  5. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Posts: 4,909

    I mulch.........Do you need to support as much equipment, real estate, insurance, fuel , work comp, trucks, maintenance, full time mechanic, sales people, office help, phones, etc etc etc. as i do?........Or do you think maybe you can do a job and charge less than me and put more money in your pocket?...........

    Using the following price solely for an example to make a point.....

    You can do a job for $50 and put more money in your pocket than i could if i was charging $100......... So how would my price for the job help you???

    $50 would be less than my cost to do that job so if i made a post asking what to charge and i listened to you saying $50......i would be out of business real fast..........

    THE QUESTION YOU PEOPLE SHOULD BE ASKING IS " HOW DO I DETERMINE MY OPERATING COSTS AND DESIRED PROFIT AND TRANSLATE THAT INTO A CORRECT PRICE FOR MY BUSINESS. "

    Sorry for sounding sarcastic and i know im making that post on a lot of threads but the question of what to charge comes up at least once a day and there is no way for anybody without more information about your business to answer that.........

    THE " WHAT TO CHARGE" POST IS A QUESTION YOU PEOPLE SHOULD BE TALKING OVER WITH YOUR ACCOUNTANTS......... :cool2:
     
  6. mo-fleet

    mo-fleet LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 33

    Geeeez! Did I hit a nerve? I'm sorry I upset you Procut1.

    I use an old truck and 6X12 trailer to haul mulch. I don't have a lot of overhead for this. Also I don't care to do it, but the mowing customers demand it. So it's either do it or else. I just wanted to know if it's worth my trouble to keep people happy at this price. I know there are more factors to consider too because of distance to supplier, and how close to the beds you can get, etc. I guess I go back to the search and do some figuring. Thanks anyhow.
     
  7. Dig-it Landscaping

    Dig-it Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    it would probably be easier to charge by the yard rather than by the hour. i charge 70$ a yard and i get the mulch for 23.45$/yard with free delivery. but i put down alot more than 1 yard per hour. hope this helps
     
  8. mo-fleet

    mo-fleet LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 33

    Thank you.

    You said you do more than 1 yard/hr..........how do you do this? Blower? Or shovel/WB. Is it just yourself installing or do you have help?

    Thanks again!
     
  9. Dig-it Landscaping

    Dig-it Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    i can do more than one an hour my self. of course it depends on the terrain. i havent done it by myself in about 2 years. me and an employee could edge (by hand), weed, and mulch 25 yards in 6-7 hours. just work hard i guess. yes using wheelbarrow and pitchfork.
     
  10. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,939

    That was funny, the first time I read it. :waving:
     

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