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Mulch price-What would you charge?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by overtona, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Dr. Cornwallis

    Dr. Cornwallis LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 847

    I do everything by the hour, because, like stated aboutve, all we do is sell time. Weather I'm mowing, laying down a hardscape, spreading mulch, raking leaves, all I'm doing is selling time. So I figure out how much I want to make per hour doing a service and charge accordingly. In the case of mulch, I charge labor from the time I arrive at JD landscapes to pick up the mulch to the time I leave the job site plus the cost of materials. I do not, however, mark up materials.
  2. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,257

    You only mark up materials when you buy them wholesale.
  3. Middle Tennessee Lawn

    Middle Tennessee Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 220

    We base on access to beds amount of prep often have to remove mulch to make way for new especially on high builds fast food locations we charge 45.00 yard just for the product all prep labor and install labor added on top of that.
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  4. Gilbert503

    Gilbert503 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    We usually charge $55.00 per yard labor and material for red fir our cost for each yard is $18.00. You have to take in mind if they are a lot of shrubs you are going to be working with and also depending on the property type any hills or slopes.
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  5. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 916

    I get the cost of the mulch($30) plus 1 man hour ($45)= $75/yd installed I usually include edging for that price if I can do it with my echo bed redefiner. hand edging is extra
  6. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,626

    Is that the only time you use your bed redefiner? I bought one and am having trouble justifying the purchase because I really haven't used it yet.
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  7. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Posts: 3,329

    Have any of you noticed that, oftentimes, it is more profitable to have the mulch delivered than haul it your self, especially when considering the time it takes to get it and the cost to haul it to the site? Your costs may vary but it seems it costs almost $2 per mile to run my F150 and landscape trailer. Also, mulch in a pile seems to spread more quickly than unloading it from a trailer.
  8. memphis.landscape

    memphis.landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 140

    I get painted mulches for $23 a yard and charge $80 with a 2 yard minimum. Regular bark mulch is around $13 and we charge $70. But I am planning on raising prices at least 10% this coming year.
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  9. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,229

    Depends what your setup is... Local place wants $20 in town delivery with 5 yard minimum. I can get 5 yards in my truck and still charge people for that $20 in delivery. If you are setup to haul the mulch it makes sense to do it yourself, if not you don't really have a choice
  10. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    Oh… this thread again.

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