Price for laying mulch?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Thechap, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. Thechap

    Thechap LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    Okay, everyone be gentle. I have a job where I need to lay 26 yards of mulch. The farthest distance I would have to wheel barrel the mulch is twenty feet. I will be laying the mulch on top of Ivy that we have pulled. Will I have to lay a barrier first? I willl be picking up the mulch using a dump trailer. Any idea what I should charge? A yard of mulch is $22.00.

    Thanks for the help!!

    Bryan
     
  2. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Gold Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 3,842

    If you put it down 3" thick you don't need any weed barrier. As far as the Ivy goes, make sure you pulled it all out because that stuff can be a pain and is hard to get rid of once established. I charge $100 per yard installed. For 26 yards I may go down to $80 or $90 depending on the situation. You may want to get it delivered instead of getting it yourself with your dump. But then again you may have better control as to moving it around as needed if you use your trailer.

    My price includes knocking down the weeds and spraying the weeds with weed killer, and establishing a new edge or cleaning up the old edge. Prices in your area may be different. There are guys here that will put down mulch for $50 a yard. Depending on the mulch, my cost is $23 to $27 a yard. I stick to my own prices and if they don't want it done because they think I'm to high, Oh well. Let the next guy have it. Find out what the high and low prices are in your area and then figure out what you need to make. 26 yards is alot of work. Don't work cheap just to get the job.

    Dave...
     
  3. Thechap

    Thechap LawnSite Member
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    Dave,

    Thanks for the help!!

    Bryan
     
  4. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Posts: 1,916

    $100.00 a yard installed, eh? Wow. You must be in some high-end areas.
     
  5. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Gold Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 3,842

    Well most customers in my area only need 3 to 5 yards of mulch. A few weeks back I did a mulch job that was 3 yards. Nice property with nice landscaping. It had a few weeds in the front and on the sides, it also had some weeds in the back beds around the deck. There was also some leaves left over from last fall that had accumulated in the beds. I cleaned up the leaves, pulled the weeds, established a new edge, and laid the mulch. $300. Took about 3 hours not to mention an hour to go get the mulch. I had 4 hours into the job, plus the cost of the mulch. I don't work for peanuts.

    Most guys around here would have charged $150 to $175 for that job. Some would have made a new edge and some would have worked with what was there. They would have made maybe $75 off that job. In 4 hours I can mow more lawns and make more than $75. In 4 hours I can make $200 or $300 by myself mowing lawns. Why would I bust my @$$ laying mulch and pulling weeds to make $75. The guys that want to do that, more power to them. I can sit on my @$$ on my Z and make more than that. Hillbilly Jim and Paco the Taco will do that work all day long for peanuts.

    And you know what? They can have it.

    Dave...
     
  6. LSU_LAWNBOY

    LSU_LAWNBOY LawnSite Member
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    you're so right coolluv. I did 2 jobs when i started that took about 3 hours each and i charged $75 without providing the material. My first mistake was not knowing how long it was going to take, how much shoveling to do and when you do mulch you are working hard the whole time. It sucked and i should have charged twice as much.
     
  7. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Gold Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 3,842

    Live and learn brother, live and learn.

    Dave...
     
  8. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    Damn if I could get the prices you charge up there i'd be rich! We get $55-60, with minimal prep.
     
  9. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Gold Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 3,842

    How much do figure you make per yard after all expenses? Lets say you have a mulch job that takes 3 yards. You and a helper go get the mulch. By the time you actually get to the job, say it took an hour. 2 guys can put down 3 yards in say 1 1/2 hours. No edging or weeding just throw and go. Like you said minimal prep. You have 2 1/2 hours into the job. So you grossed $165. Minus the mulch, say $75. Minus helper pay, say $30. Truck trailer gas overhead etc. say $15. Lets not forget about uncle sam, say 25% $41.

    $165 - $75= $90 $90-$30= $60 $60-$15=$45 $45-$41=$4.00 profit.

    $4.00 thats good money.

    Dave...
     
  10. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Posts: 1,916

    1.5 hours for 3 yards with 2 guys is kinda slow if you ask me. I can generally do about 1 yard in 30-45 minutes by myself. I don't shovel it for one--that takes too long. Normally I'll put the wheelbarrow right up against the edge of the truck's tailgate and rake it out with a bow rake. I also line the truck bed with a tarp to drag the whole load to the truck's edge as it gets emptied. It only takes about 45 seconds to fill a 6 cubic foot barrow this way. Dump it, repeat. I then spread out everything at once after it has all been dumped where it needs to go.
     

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