mulching question

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kkoss, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. kkoss

    kkoss LawnSite Member
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    i had a guy a couple days ago flip a shi!! on me when i gave him a bid, it was 115 bags of mulch which i buy in bulk and have deliverd for $21 a yd so i figuerd i would need about 12 yds, then he wanted me to edge which i charged him $275 and a spring clean up, then (this is the best part) he wanted me to remove ALL of the mulch that was already in the beds and take it away, i figured with everything included with 4-5 guys workin on it for 7-9 hrs, so i charged him a little over $2,000.00 now i've been doin this for a little while now so i figured it's a good price, but he just about killed me when i told him, and hes not really hurtin for money eithier, so what does everyone think here, did i really screw it up or what??
     
  2. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
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    How much edge? How big is the clean up (how many hours)?
     
  3. kkoss

    kkoss LawnSite Member
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    the edge was 150 ft or so and it has never been done before it would take about 2-3 hrs, and the whole job would take 7-9 hrs with 4-5 guys on it
     
  4. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
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    Actually sounds like a good deal to me. It seems what jacked the price up was removal of the old mulch. He has to understand that. Maybe tell him that removal of the old mulch is not necessary and that will bring the price down. Otherwise, f**K that cheap A$$ motherf**ker. I get sick of people wanting a bunch of work done but not wanting to pay for it.
     
  5. kkoss

    kkoss LawnSite Member
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    THANK YOU!! dudes got a BMW suv and a mercedes benz suv sittin in the driveway, and i've done work for him for the last 2 years and never had a problem before, then hes like no no that's fine whatever i'll just go for the mowings i could get someone to do it for $200, i was like yea right dude
     
  6. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
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    $200!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What is this ******-bag thinking?!?!?!
     
  7. turbo5560

    turbo5560 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well to start off... 115 bags comes out to 8.5 yards if they are 2 cubic foot bags. But why are you figuring out mulch by the bag anyways? But lets say it was 12 yards, for shredded hardwood I'd charge $50 a yard if it was easy work. Which is $600. Edging can't take more then a couple hours. So there is $400. So figure $1000 bucks. Removal and displosal of old mulch, charge $50 an hour per person. And I think you are close to the right price, but i would say you are on the high side.
     
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Bit on the high side, try ordering mulch by the cu.yd.
     
  9. kkoss

    kkoss LawnSite Member
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    first the bags are 3 cubic ft,second i count out how many bags then convert them to yds and the going rate is $65-$80 per yd bought and spread, third the prices are more down here then in holland as is the price of living and income, fourth it's not to easy because he has alot of small flowers and shrubs, fifth they charge any where between $65 to $125 down here depending on what kind of job your working with, but i do see your point,thank you
     
  10. kkoss

    kkoss LawnSite Member
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    and thats why the bid was so high because i would've had to remove the mulch so i charged him $895 just for removing the mulch
    thanks
     

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