Rock removal/mulch install price

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Joel B., Apr 15, 2006.

  1. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 458

    I already posted a question about removing lava rock and got some prices of around $400-$500. The customer wants hardwood mulch placed where the rock was. The total area is approx. 330 square feet and various mulch calculators come up with around 3.1 yards. Should I get 3.5 yards to be safe? There are about 6-8 small shrubs planted in the area.

    I am bringing the rocks up to the cabin so I don't have any disposal fees and I'm using my pick-up to haul the new mulch. The area is right next to the driveway and the maximum distance to wheelbarrow the mulch is about 30'. A yard of mulch is $22.

    How long does it take one person to move a yard of mulch? I know there are many factors that determine this but any advice would be appreciated.

    How much do you raise the price of the mulch, 20%, 40%, more...less?

    I have seen mulch prices of $40-$85/yard but if it takes me an hour to move the mulch ($50/hour) and mulch is $22/yard and I charge $75/yard I make nothing on the mulch. But if I charge $80/yard (about $30 for mulch and $50 for labor) I seem to be on the high side.

    So would you remove 330 sq ft of lava rock and replace it with mulch for $800? Customer doesn't want landscape fabric or edging.

    Thank you, I appreciate any advice,

    Joel B.
     
  2. M RASCOE&SONS

    M RASCOE&SONS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,475

    sounds like a good price but i would have to see the jobsite ..
     
  3. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 458

    Oops, one more question:

    How much mulch will a 2500HD short box with 6" side boards hold?

    Thanks for any help,

    Joel
     
  4. start2finish

    start2finish LawnSite Senior Member
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    3 yards would be a generous estimate.
    length x width x height / 27 = cubic yards
     
  5. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 458

    Meaning................you think 3 yards is too much. O.K. let's do the math - 330 (length x width) x .25 (3" in feet [height]) = 82.5 / 27 = 3.05 yards. I don't know, 3 yards sounds just about right....how much would you use? I've also tried 3 different mulch calculators and they all come up with 3 - 3.1 yards.
     
  6. start2finish

    start2finish LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was answering your recent question.
     
  7. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 458

    Oops, my bad.......sorry.
     

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