mulch job

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by 1999frontier, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 562

    I'm going to put down some mulch for one of my accounts. Right now they have the cypress mulch and I they want to change to red mulch. My question is, should I take out all the cypress mulch first and then put the red down or just put the red mulch on top of the cypress mulch?
     
  2. I'd take it out. Because when I turned the mulch later on it'd look bad. Plus it'd be difficult to sprinkle a layer of different mulch on top and get good coverage without getting it too thick. It ain't so bad raking out old mulch. It's more of a problem getting rid of it.
     
  3. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 562

    Ok I will take out the old mulch. I haven't measured yet, but last time they put the mulch out and put out 30-40 bags. I can get 2 cu. ft. bags of mulch for $2.10 per bag(before tax). Thats about $30.38 per yard($31.50 per yard since can't buy half bag). How much would you charge to lay per bag?
     
  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    my labor rate.
     
  5. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    How long does it take you? How much do you need to make per hour?
     
  6. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 562

    I guess I should have asked do you take the bags and see how many actual cu. yds and then charge $40 per cu yd?
     
  7. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    no..we charge a labor rate.

    Too many variables to tell you how long its going to take...how far from the bagged mulch location are the beds. are you going through gates, over retaining walls, lots of trees and plants to spread around. though to give an estimate a amount of time.
     
  8. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 562

    I can back or drive trailer right up to the bed against the house. There are about 12 plants to put mulch around. I haven't got real good at guessing how long mulch takes me to put down. If I had to guess, I would say around 3-3.5hrs from going to get it driving there and spreading.
     
  9. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    so charge your hourly labor rate by 4...there is your answer.
     

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