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Mulch Labor Price

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by roscioli, Jun 16, 2001.

  1. roscioli

    roscioli LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 749

    Okay, i have a predicament. A very rich potential customer just called looking for an estimate for spreading mulch. I am very small time, but mulching is obviously not a complicated job, so i will give an estimate, and do the job well if he picks me. My problem is that I dont know what to give for a price. My other mulching jobs have been much smaller, 3-4 yards, 2-3 hours. I estimate this job to be about 12 yards of mulch. My usual hourly rate (which I usually charge for mulching, but this guy wants a flat number to compare prices) is $18/hour. If i do that price for this job its gonna only be $200 for a ton of work + mulch (which i dont profit from). What would you guys normally on a job like this? It is VERY spread out areas, with scattered plants in each. Any help, estimates, or comments appreciated, thanks in advance, michael
  2. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    I would charge $900- $1000.00 depending on how much weeding and edging has to be done. I pay $25 a yard for the bark mulch that i use.
  3. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

  4. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Posts: 3,256

    The problem I see is your hourly rate. I realize that hourly rates will vary quite a bit around the country, but $18 seems awfully low for hard labor no matter where you're from.
    I've seen guys here say they get $50. That would be high for my area, but I shoot for $35-36 myself.
    Consider upping your rates a bit.
  5. roscioli

    roscioli LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 749

    thanks for the help guys..

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