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50 Yards of mulch...

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by colonel landscaping, Aug 28, 2003.

  1. colonel landscaping

    colonel landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    How much would you charge to put 50 yards of pine mulch down at a hospital.. this can be done any way you want.. give me your prices and how you would go about this task... there are numerous beds everywhere.. from parking lot islands... to entrance way gardens.....
  2. Tbarchaser

    Tbarchaser LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 449

    I bill $45 per yard, and sub it for $31. $14 dollar profit per yard and it only takes 5 min for the phone call.
  3. Popsicle

    Popsicle LawnSite Member
    Messages: 189

    Not familiar with pine mulch. Can it be blown?
  4. bam

    bam LawnSite Senior Member
    from .
    Messages: 261

    for a small amount like 50 yards, I'd have a 5 man crew spread it by hand. deliver the mulch to the site and load your pickup or dumptruck, get close to the beds and move thru it.

    for 50 yards a mulch blower is a waste. even 2 or 3 men can spread that quickly especially on a hosp. campus. try doing it in the evening or weekend when their is alot less traffic.

    and about $50 a yard.
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    I don't want to sound like an idiot, but $50 a yard installed, right? I'm going to be doing alot of mulch hopefully very soon, just curious on pricing. Thanks.
  6. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    Here's a good rule of thumb

    2 - 4x your cost of material, for material and labor. If you have extenuating circumstances that make the job more difficult than higher than 4x is acceptable.

    If I am doing bulk like 50 yards. I base the estimate on the per yard cost. Though I am buying the 50 yards at less than the per yard price.

    If your paying say $20 per yard for the mulch 2.5 - 3x is fair.
    If your paying say $65 for a gravel then 2.5 - 3 is fair.
    for that 50 yard job
  7. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

  8. WeatherMan

    WeatherMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 692

    I Charge $65.00 a yard. Which for 50 yards is $3250.00 and I pay $15.25 a yard. So my profit is $2488 Not Bad for a 1 Day Job :blob4: :blob1: :blob3:
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    at least 65 a yard, for the cheap stuff
  10. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    This formula works pretty well.


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