Mulch hep/suggestions

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lawnut101, May 16, 2007.

  1. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hi guys. I'm going to be attempting my first muching job (by myself) this weekend. I need help pricing and roughly how much mulch I should get. I kinda have my wages figured out, but need some pointers on that too. Here are the different areas:

    Area 1a: 14X12 ft This first part is pretty square, but has quite a few different plants, so the actual coverage area would be significantly less.

    Area 1b: 14X3

    Area 2a: 11X6 This area is kinda like a L shape, except it's congruent.

    Area 2b: 11X6

    Area 3a: This area (area 3 a and b) is shaped kinda like a guitar or something like that. A long strip with a wider end (12 foot part). Pretty much all open, just a few hostas, no major shrubs or anything.

    Area 3b: 15X10

    Area 4 : 25X7 a lot of plants, not a lot of open space but prolly half of it is open.

    Area 5: 15X2 not much open space, prolly about 8ft or so

    Area 6: 13X4 a few hostas and other little plants along those lines

    Area 7: 6X4 buch of little plants flowers

    Area 8a: 16X6 a buch of little evergreens and various shrubs and plants. (4 evergreens and maybe 15 other plants for the whole a and b parts)

    Area 8b: 11X17
    Any help would be appreciated greatly, as I am still learning how to estimate. Thanks guys.
     
  2. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
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    no one has any suggestions? Not even a ballpark idea? Anything would help.
     
  3. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    how thick, truck load or bagged
     
  4. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am just Gussing

    14X12 full of plants (168) (25)
    14X13 (182)
    11X6 (66)
    11X6 (66)
    15X10 12 wide at part (150)
    15X10 (150)
    25X7 1/2 full (172) 1/2 (87.5)
    15X2 8 open (30) (8)
    13X4 (52)
    6X4 (24)
    16X6 (96)
    11X16 (176)


    1083 ft sq

    if the "small Beds need more much some are estimated but have obstacles

    1083 x depth= cubic feet to cubic yards use http://www.metric-conversions.org/cgi-bin/util/convert.cgi



    Price=Mulch + how much you will charge for each yard of mulch (40+)

    not sure if i am doing this right as i am not in to the mulch side of things yet
     
  5. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Any pros know if this is the right way or wrong way?
     
  6. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    if the "small Beds need more much some are estimated but have obstacles

    1083 x depth= cubic feet to cubic yards use http://www.metric-conversions.org/cg...il/convert.cgi



    Price=Mulch + how much you will charge for each yard of mulch (40+)

    not sure if i am doing this right as i am not in to the mulch side of things yet

    1"- 1083 ft³ = 40.1111 yrd³
    2"- 2166 ft³ = 80.2222 yrd³ Might want to knock a few yards off for obstacles that i may not have taken in to account
    3"- 3249 ft³ = 120.333 yrd³

    40 yds at $40 a yard to install is 1600 for labor
    80 yds at $40 a yard to install is 3200 for labor
    120 yds at $40 a yard to install is 4800 for labor


    Again i am not in to the mulch side of things so i am giving it my best shot to help you
     
  7. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i am jnot sure if the abover posts contain the right fourmuals and things.


    Consult the local Mulch yard
     
  8. 2menandamower

    2menandamower LawnSite Member
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    1 cubic yard will cover about 80 SF at a depth of 3-3.5 inches. So with the areas that you calculated you would need about 13.06 cubic yards.... God luck that is alot of mulch to spread by yourself..... Have fun with it and charge 2.5 times the cost of your mulch and you will make good money....
     
  9. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    I don't see many guys actually spreading at 3", that seems to be the accepting figure but I never lay it on that thick unless the beds are absolutely bare. Typically a yard will give me 150 sqft of coverage.

    Prices vary a lot from what I see...for the full deal, cleanup, edging, install...it depends on the layout of each job but I'm up over $100 per yard.
     
  10. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ok alright here...slow up, I am getting
    3174 total sq' at three inches thick
    (forget anything less that three inches)
    divided by 27sq' (that is how many sq' are in one yard)
    = 117.55 total yards
    buy 118 yards of mulch

    Better too much than not enough.
     

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