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Bagged mulch question please

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by iluvbermuda, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. iluvbermuda

    iluvbermuda LawnSite Member
    from S/E TN
    Messages: 108

    I have a guy who I cut weekly April through October. He pays me monthly. Anyway, he wants me to put mulch down and trim shrubbery and monkey grass. My question comes in with the pricing. I prefer to use bag mulch for this project as I think it's best for this prop. How do you all price this. If he wants hardwood it will cost me $2.15 a bag plus tax. Do I charge mulch price plus another $2.15 per bag for installation? How would yall do this? Thanks.
  2. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    I would mark up each bag like 75 cents a bag, then labor on top of that. But, I get it by the yard instead so it is hard for me to say. You can always get it by the yard and mark it up because how often is a homeowner going to go to a place and get that much mulch and plus how much they charge per yard.
  3. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    Does the mulch come in 2 cu. ft. bags or 3 cu ft. bags. If you are buying 3's then about 9 will make up a yard, 2's you will need 14 to make up a yard. Once you figure that out charge the client 100.00 per yard installed.
  4. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,642

    double the purchase price and that will cover delivery, installation....bed prep is extra.
  5. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,192

    Wow. Big differences being suggested here. Some of the difference can be attributed to location. But, wow, some guys don't think their work is worth much!
  6. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    That's about 56.00 installed. Good luck trying to keep a nice roof over your head with those prices. You could install 10 yards a day and only gross 280.00.
  7. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    we have always charged mulch plus labor, have gotten real good at pricing this way for customers. i would be curious what the average is of per bag installed as many of you charge. will have to do the math.
  8. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Messages: 1,890

    why not pick up said amount of mulch shovel it into a container and carry it out. i have done alot of terraed properties where bags would have worked better but the cost is nuts. $3-7 a bag X 9 bags puts you anywhere from 5-20 more per yard in material. if you charge $100 a ard installed you lose big profit right off the top.
  9. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    that is why labor and mulch are two dif line items, then you avoid the loose your ass prob. we have never said we are over priced at mulchingso it works well
  10. sandman23

    sandman23 LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Messages: 212

    I charge $6.00 per 2 cuft. bag installed ($3.00 cost). It comes out to $40.00 per yard cost and $80.00 per yard installed. My bulk mulch is $25/yd so there is a big difference in cost but I like the convenience of bags. I tend to agree with Big C. and double purchase price. I do that with plants also.

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