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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Honerlaw-LawnCare, May 3, 2006.

  1. Honerlaw-LawnCare

    Honerlaw-LawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    - 30 bags of mulch @ 4.69 a bag
    - weed preventer & roundup
    - plastic, 3 rolls @ 17.00 a roll(pita)

    Total: $260.00
    10 hrs of labor(one man)

    How much to charge?
  2. garth1967

    garth1967 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 640

    put %30 on the material and whatever you charge per hour for labour
  3. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 470

    What exactly is taking ten hours?
  4. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 710

    Thats about 2 yards of mulch. I would charge about $160.00 + tax for that.

    Labor for the rest of it + spraying would be $90.00 + the cost of the weed barrier.

    10 hours? Should take you about 1.5 to 2 hours MAX with one person.
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    I know this is not answering you question..but I am gonna say it anyway..Never use plastic in landscape applications.
    #1-It deteriorates quickly and turns into a mess
    #2-It does not allow water or anything else to reach the soil above
    #3- It deteriorates and makes a big mess.
  6. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,164

    And later on if your trying to clean out the bed, you can get a rake stuck on that and you can pull half of it out...ROYA PITA, all of that weed blocker fabric junk is
  7. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 710

    These guys are right, the fabric is junk. Better to try and sell them bed maintenance 3 or 4 times a year.
  8. Honerlaw-LawnCare

    Honerlaw-LawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    oh i know the plastic is junk, this question is actually for a friend..i told him what to charge and he said he wanted some more oppinions so i came here to see what you guys said. I told him before he even started the job to avoid plastic but the customer insisted that it was the right thing to do...and about the ten hours its taking him to do, i really have no clue its not my job. Thanks
  9. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,164

    Don't let the customer say what the right things to do are. Be the professional and advise otherwise, the people on LS i believe are happy to provide reasons why the stuff sucks, and if you dont' already know, then you should read up and present those reason to the customer,
  10. cessnasovereign

    cessnasovereign LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 292

    Dude find a landscape supply company for the mulch.. Buying bags is $hit. I pay $21.00 per yard which covers about 180 Sq ft.

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