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top soil and mulch bid!?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by theWRIGHTcut, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. theWRIGHTcut

    theWRIGHTcut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    just today i got a call from a friend of my mother asking me if i would be able to do top soil and mulch... i said of course! i just got a new dump truck i can put that to work :) but my question is.... say it's a bout 20 yards of soil to put down... he wants 3 or 4 inches thick.... and 20 yards of mulch to cover that... the most basic mulch and the most basic top soil... what do you guys charge to install top soil ?? i've been charging 45 to install mulch.... so hmmm let me get some figures to compare to! thanks
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    1600 for the dirt

    1600 for the mulch.

    That includes labor. That's how I would bid it.
  3. theWRIGHTcut

    theWRIGHTcut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    really?? alright that sounds cool... i'm gonna do some math and figure out if that sounds right but exactly what i was looking for...some figures to compare to! thanks alot
  4. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    That boils to $80 a yard. Add tax to it and you should be set. You can probably get the load drop shipped to the site and maybe save a bit. For your truck, it would be a waste for that much volume of materials.
  5. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 248

    i agree, see if you could get a tri-axle to drop it at the site, you will save on the cost per yard, and deffinatly on the transportation cost, you will end up running a million loads with a mason dump for that much material. i have a 2002 f-350 diesel mason dump, and the most i will put in it is 4 yards of top soil, wich is really pushing it and is definatly over weight, if i had to haul loads of top soil all day, i would probally do loads of 3- 3.5 yards. so that means if you had to get 20 yards, you will be taking at least 5 trips, that is a lot of fuel, and alot of time.
  6. N&CLandscaping

    N&CLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 360


    Loam = $28.00 yrd.
    Hemlock Mulch $37.00 yrd.
    $28.00 X 20 = $560.00

    Mulch = $740.00
    Labor 2 man crew Billed at $30 hr X 1 day 8 hours = $480.00
    Fuel $150.00
    Total Cost = $1,930.00


    Mulch = $85 yard installed

    85X20 = $1,700.00
    Loam $40.00 yard

    40X20 = $800.00

    GRAND JOB TOTAL = $4,430.00 (excludes Tax) that is a quick rough figure. Hope this helps
  7. theWRIGHTcut

    theWRIGHTcut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    you guys are right, that is quite a bit of time and fuel... i'm gonna do my homework and find out who can deliver that kind of load for me... and thanks so much NC landscaping that gives me a chance to see if i'm doing things right... the grand total for the job i came up with was close to $3900... my customer is a family friend... and i know that doesn't entitle them a discount but i'm not gonna try to slam them with costs...
  8. N&CLandscaping

    N&CLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 360

    I hear you... Usually I would not charge that much if they are family or a family friend.
  9. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,086

    Family or no family. $4000.00.
  10. theWRIGHTcut

    theWRIGHTcut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    see,JNYZ i knew someone would say that... and i totally agree...gotta be a good business man to charge fam full price!

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