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price per bag for spreading mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by deereequipment, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. deereequipment

    deereequipment LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    Hi all. I usually spread yards and yards of bulk mulch.

    When it comes to bags (I hate it), I have been told to charge what the material costs. So I have quoted $3.00 a bag to spread a 3 cu ft bag that costs $3.00. I've won some, I've lost some.

    What do you charge for spreading a 3 cu ft bag of mulch.

  2. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,102

    I don't charge per bag. It is $55/yard. If they are getting less than a yard than it is a $75 minimum charge. 1 bag or 10 bags (2 cu.ft.) it doesn't matter, your time costs you money when you have to leave home.
  3. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,945

    I normally spread mulch that is bought in bulk, but I would say materials x3 is a safe bet.
  4. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    3x cost is alot closer, we are bidding at 75 per yrd including edging or 86 per yrd for colored.
  5. deereequipment

    deereequipment LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    I've got the bulk handled. I go through about 180 yards a season.

    I'm just asking opinions for "per bag".

    3 times the cost???
    So for a $3.00 bag, you are charging $9.00 to spread it? And if you supply it, it is $12.00 a bag?
  6. brandongentry23

    brandongentry23 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    you guys charge six dollars per 20 seconds of work?
  7. brandongentry23

    brandongentry23 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    I have to try that
  8. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    i charge 6.50 per 2 cubic foot. so do the math.
  9. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,445

    $60.00 per yard plus a $40 fuel charge for each delivery, stay away from bagged mulch its to costly, usually means the customer is a "tight" wad IMO
  10. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    if you bid what it cost you how do you make money?

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