mulch

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by samg123, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. samg123

    samg123 LawnSite Member
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    I had a customer call me today about a quote on having 25 yards in his words "scoops" of mulch delivered. Now the cheapest place around for mulch is a lumber company 5 min from my house that grinds there own. for black mulch its 25$ a yard the guy wanted me to deliver it and lay it for 25$ a yard. I told him 45 a yard delivered and 75 a yard layed he said he has a guy that will buy the mulch, deliver it and install it all for 500$, I said I hope that works out good bye .



    IS MY PRICE WAY OFF??
    or is he not understanding that, that guys 500$ quote was just for just laying it?
     
  2. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Cost is 625+tax for the mulch. And the guy he supposedly has to buy it, deliver it, and spread it will charge 500? So the customer is MAKING 125 on this deal? LOL... well, unless the other guy is getting his material at like $5 per yard.

    This whole thing sounds like a mess. I'd move on...
     
  3. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,268

    2 scoops is a yard. My Pickup will hold 3 scoops, so Id be looking at 9 trips for 250$. It would have to be clost to mulch "yard" and Id have to be ablt to install it directly out of the pickup. It could be done.
     
  4. samg123

    samg123 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    thats exactly how i feel. Only bad part is hes one of my regular customers cousin. But i just can't bring myself to work in the negative no matter who the customer is.
     
  5. samg123

    samg123 LawnSite Member
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    At my mulch yard one scoop is a little over 1 yard and the guy wanted 25 yards not scoops.
     
  6. samg123

    samg123 LawnSite Member
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    Also I live in southern lancaster county,and the delivery spot is on the other side of northern lancaster county WAY!!! to far for me to make alot of trips and still be profitable.
     
  7. TeamYardsale4

    TeamYardsale4 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 325

    I can't even get 25yds delivered for $500 lol the cheapest guy around me would deliver to the location of my choice 25yds for $775, my truck only holds 3-4 yds without it spilling over the sides! Sounds like a guy that wants alot done for no $$.
     
  8. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
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    mulch yard here sells by the yard or by the "scoop" the scoop is a little over 1/2 yard either way my price would be over 500
     
  9. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'd be over 2,000 for materials and labor on this job, lol.
     
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,268

    A bobcat scoop is a half of yard. Id bet the feller bid the job for 25 scoops, or he gets mulch for free.
     

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