residential mulch job opinion

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Greener Grounds NC, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I kinda forgot the point due to my hatred of weed barrier fabric. Your bid sounds fine. I would explain the folly of weed barriers under mulch and attempt to do it right. If he insists on his way be clear that you expect to be paid in full upon completion. And when the fabric is exposed and he wants it removed, it will be $35/hour to remove it.
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  2. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    I wouldn't offer that. to be honest. I would not put the weed barrier in it period.

    think of how his neighbors will view you work when the weed barrier makes it look like crap. they wont call you for landscaping, even tho its the customers fault. they wont know that. just explain that mulch breaks down into dirt, then weeds grow on top of the barrier. weed barrier holds off weeds only for a couple years longer than jsut mulch at best.
     
  3. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Honestly, I wouldn't put it in either. But I'm not going to tell you to walk away from a customer over it.
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  4. Greener Grounds NC

    Greener Grounds NC LawnSite Member
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    I gave him a price of $1,950 he insisted on the fabric. i then told him 50% down for deposit and he refused so i turned down the job because im not getting screwed ever again by not having a deposit to cover materials and help labor!
     
  5. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    did you explain its to cover materials?

    i'm doing the same thing. if you do not have a relationship with me you are paying or materials up front. thats just how it is.
     
  6. Greener Grounds NC

    Greener Grounds NC LawnSite Member
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    yes i did. he didnt want to do the deposit so i turned it down because he didnt want to take a chance of getting ripped off so he called back today saying for me to place the order and hed pay for it with his card. So we did work it out.
     
  7. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    So he paid for the materials directly?
     
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Even after all these years, I still have the clients pay for all the actual expenses, including rentals, JUST SO I do not have to deal with the Sales Tax paperwork...
    Of course now I pay for the materials up front and get reimbursed later, but I don't try to RETAIL materials at all...

    This way this client always knows that I'm not making a killing on the job...
    I think you worked this out with your client quite sensibly... :)
     
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Fabric is ineffective over time and essentially a waste of money for any organic mulch. At a 3" depth, you will get almost no weed growth.
     
  10. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    thats what she said
     

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