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Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MImowerkid, Jan 2, 2005.

  1. MImowerkid

    MImowerkid LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    I am preparing mulch prices for the next year and I see that I can get mulch for 26 to 40 dollers a yard here in lower MI at A place calles Angelo's for you guys in the area . I can deliver up to 3 yards at a time with my friends's dump . I think that my pricing will reflect like this :

    mulch price per yard +$30labor = amount per yard installed
    plus $35 and up delivery
    Cypress mulch= $70 yard installed plus delivery
    Cedar mulch = $61 yard installed
    does my prices sound right for 2 men working putting down 2 yards an hour paying 10 bucks per hour to the other man ? I'll be making 50 an hour with little expence other than gas which will be coverd under the 35 doller delivery fee

  2. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    $70 a yard is on the high end here......at least your not loballing yourself :D i personally would say your prices are almost a tad high, but they are about there. i really dont know your market, but if it will support it, i say your good to go :D you did say you can buy mulch from $26-40/yd, and im thinking thats kinda high. we buy much much cheaper than that, but we buy by the tractor trailer load. is that wholesale or retail your buying at?
  3. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    I agree, your price seems to high. The price of product is my first concern. Also, one employee should be able to spread 2 yards an hour ( mulch or bark not topsoil ) unless you have to park a couple houses away. :p
    We do $37 a yard with $12 product cost. That's $50 per man hour.
  4. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,473

    GUys remeber its cypress and cedar mark. I would get about $55 for a yard that cost me around 20 bucks or so. so if you think about it your charging 30 dollars labor which is about how much i get for labor. SO I would say your right on. MAybe you could look into gettinga cheaper price on the mulch that seems to be what is killing you.
  5. MImowerkid

    MImowerkid LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    ya this place is pretty expensive but there aren't too many options in the area , their are even places that are more expensive, and I didn't know that one man could spread 2 yards and hour ? that is some good news, now i'll see if I can find some cheaper mulch with the same quality!Wish me luck ! Also most of the installs will be done in high end neighborhoods so I need to get the best available prouduct because it has to look good and last.great info keep it coming !
  6. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    good luck. sounds like you got a level head. if your cost is more expensive you have to make up for it somewhere so that explains why you are a little high. we buy a lot cheaper than you so we arent as high, and we usually shoot by the tractor trailer load with our blower truck so we can cut costs a little there too. good luck. 2 yds for a man in an hour isnt hard to do either.
  7. Fishin LCO

    Fishin LCO LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Posts: 143

    I get 70-80 per yard delivered and installed depending on distance from trailer. I am also usually closer to 1 yard every 45 mininutes for open area and 1 yard a hour for areas with alot of plants. Hope this helps. Oh yeah I get Double shredded hardwood for $24/yard. This place is expensive too.
  8. Groundcover Solutions

    Groundcover Solutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,254

    That is a quite expensive for mulch. We get ours at Onyx in northville and it is only 16.50 per yard. I would look around at your local nursery's and such for better prices.
  9. newbomb

    newbomb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 391

    I'm hearing $50 to $60 per yard installed. Around Baltimore nice clean double shreaded mulch is almost $30 yd. $30 yd labor seems low to me. Also, most of the beds I do require clean up weeding and edging. Is that included with the $60? Seems low to me.
  10. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Posts: 3,256

    Triple ground costs me about $25 per yard give or take a dollar or two depending on amount.

    I shoot for $60-70 a yard delivered and installed. The price range depends on distance of beds from pile and open beds vs. crowded beds.

    Almost every place around here will deliver for free if it's over 5 yds. Anything under 5 yds is around $15-25 for delivery depending on amount and distance. I generally just pick it up if it's under 5 yds.

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