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mulch vs blacktop

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rdh, Jan 6, 2001.

  1. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 394

    i have seen here that some people are getting over $95.00
    per. yrd. to apply mulch.now if you are and are putting
    2"down, are those beds(sq.ft)bigger than
    the customers drive way? they should be abble to get 1"
    of black top(resurfase)over the sq.ft you mulch.
    my point is look at your overhead compared to paving
    100,000 decent used paver
    20,000 3/5ton roller
    if i calculated right you guys are doing better than paving
  2. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Posts: 1,625

    You are seeing what a lot of smaller guys are getting but when you start getting it to larger # then price go down.
    On parks that I do if you go over $40 per yd you are pricing your self out of the market place.
  3. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    I agree. More than $40.00 - $50.00/cu. yd. is hard to justify for most types of mulch.
  4. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    I hope your prices do not include the labor for installations as well.
  5. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 394

    here black top is around $50 and less per ton to pave sreets.
    drive ways are $75 per ton.
    it cost $25per ton(for the black top)
    this includes labor every thing.


  6. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,915

    rdh, I don't understand your point here.
  7. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Posts: 1,625

    Yes my prices include installation, but my work is much different than most here.
  8. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 394

    randy scott
    some people here get more for mulching a customers beds.
    then i would get if i paved there drive way.
    (if they both are same sq ft)
    i think thats good. there are some threads here that
    compare plummers prices.to mowing .

    you cut a lawn in ten minutes charge $35 customer
    complains you charge to much for only 10 minutes of work
    now that same customer needs a plummer he unglogs sink
    in ten minutes charges 35 customer dont complain.
    i was just try to compair them
    mulch beds or new drive way

    hope that helps
  9. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    What rdh is saying is, it's cheaper to hire someone to put down black top than mulch at the price of $95 a yard.

    I'm amazed at some of the prices I see on this forum too.
  10. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    Just for agruments sake ELM how much do you charge the average lawn client for mulch per yard including installation if you dont mind my asking?

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